Super is a novel by Aaron Dietz from Emergency Press.
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A few of the special honors Super has achieved:
Voted one of the best books of the year at the 2010 Nobbie Awards by The Nervous Breakdown
Selected as a 2010 favorite by Jonathan Evison, author of All About Lulu and West of Here
Midwest Book Review: “Super is a highly entertaining and quirky read…. Highly recommended.”
American Book Review: “Genre-wise, the novel takes its cues from the SAT and a Super Mario Bros. video game.”
The Black Sheep Dances: “As an experimental novel, you can’t get more creative than Aaron Dietz’ Super.”
Do you need a new job? Does the world need another superhero?
You see the connection, don’t you? If you had the chance to save lives…could you handle the adventure? The pressure, the risk, the grotesque, the insane? Most of all, could you handle your humanity? Update your resume, ‘cause here we go. Either stick with being sucked down further into your life, or earn the lift-off of the elite.
Aaron Dietz’s debut novel moves with an experimental edge into America’s heroic mythology. Structured as a novel-length job application for a superhero agency, Dietz uses his iron touch to explore themes that go far deeper than the swashbuckling world of comics and costumes. It’s a story about commitment, ability, bureaucracy, possibility, crisis, and heartbreak. Super.
Most books spiral downward, but this one spirals up, building ever more fanciful and heartbreaking worlds as it goes, chapter after chapter. In the end you’re left with a view of life–almost a philosophical system; yet it’s the most fun I’ve had reading a book in years. It’s like Shazam and the X-Men teaching Zen.
— Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
It’s not just a book — it’s an experience that presents the notion that every superhero is human, and every human is super.
— Lauren Hoffman, author of When You I Feel Because
It’s an experimental, literary look at superheroes that would no doubt outrage superhero traditionalists. It will probably charm anyone who used to spend a lot of time reading about men and women in tight outfits who like to hit each other with their fists.
— Paul Constant, The Stranger
It is the sneakiest most seductive witty and weird book I have ever come across. I mean really. How the hell does this guy sleep? He must be as strange as Christopher Moore and as sick as Tom Sharpe with the Federal Housing Administration Manual for Single Family Construction Lending thrown in.
— Jim Burrows
Aaron’s debut novel is the most fun you will have reading a book since that summer when you first discovered comic books in 1979.
— Mende Smith, host of Writing On Demand and author of Hollywood Land
Finally, someone has noticed that new media is no longer new.
— Alexa D. O’Brien, content strategist
Click the first link for a list of upcoming events.
- Click to see a list of UPCOMING EVENTS
- YouTube: Chapter VIII of Super, Live at the Jewel Box Theater
- Podcast: Interview with Literary Underground’s Steven Novak
- Blog, pictures, and videos: The Superhero Pub Crawl, 2011
- YouTube: The Super Release Party, 2010
- YouTube: TheNervousBreakdown Literary Experience Seattle, 2010
- MP3: Interview with Mende Smith on Writing On Demand, 2010
- YouTube: TheNervousBreakdown Literary Experience Denver, 2010
- YouTube: KNOCK Magazine Release Party, 2009
- YouTube: Literary Death Match Seattle, 2009
Super is being presented for free, one page per day, in both digital image and printable PDF format, at aarondietz.us. Emergency Press will also be accepting applications for the position of Superhero throughout 2010 and 2011 (for an application, write to firstname.lastname@example.org). Further events may be planned for a Recommended Battle Zone area near you.
The Super Blog Posts – The latest news, information, and insights about Super are posted here.
- Download the Press Release
- Download a sample chapter
- Preview the iPad version
- Book designer Charlie Potter’s favorite pages
- Video: You’re Super and You’re Not Alone
- Video: Super Mash-Up 1 fan video
- mp3: Aaron Dietz reads a page from the book with Carman George’s music
- Interview and excerpt in CWU Pulse Magazine
- Self-interview at TheNervousBreakdown.com
- Photo of author Aaron Dietz
- Photo of book designer Charlie Potter
- Book Club Discussion Guide (single-sided PDF or two-sided PDF booklet)
- Super theme for Chrome users
- Start reading the book
“You’d think time travel would be a pretty cool power to have but it’s not. Most of the time, you’re told what to do by various versions of yourself who are from some future time in which you’ve really messed things up.”
“I’ve become stupid from the drinking. And I’m the only one who can tell.”
“On short notice, people must sometimes be thrown to the ground in order to save them (if you are a Superhero).”
“Sometimes I have powers that make me dangerous to everyone around me. But only sometimes.”
“Don’t make me laugh. I might drop a building on our heads.”
“We face Class C villains all the time. We almost die on a regular basis.”
Aaron Dietz is an instructional designer for online high schools and has written courses in game modding, computer programming, green design, and 3-D video games. It’s natural for him to write quizzes. He’s worked a decade in libraries. He’s also been paid to count traffic and once failed a personality test.
Dietz’s super powers include a high metabolism and the ability to put things back where he got them. He’s also pretty good at math.
Contact Aaron Dietz at email@example.com.
Photo by Pei-Yu Lin.
Charlie Potter is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer who graduated with a BFA in animation and design from the Art Institute of Seattle.
Potter has illustrated over nine children’s books and is the Lead Graphic Designer for an online curriculum provider.
His animated shortAs The Crow Flies appeared in Ball of Wax Volume 7, special DVD edition.
For fun, he watches birds. The birds don’t seem to mind.
November 9, 2010 (U.S. release)
ISBN 978-0-9753623-9-6 / 5.25” x 8” / 236 pages
Fiction / $16.00 (U.S.)
Editor: Bryan Tomasovich
Book design & cover: Charlie Potter
Available at Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell’s, and more.