A Whole New Source for Awesome Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

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Her Universe, the geek fashion company aimed at girls, just announced it was getting into publishing science fiction and fantasy books back in October. But they already have six titles coming in 2016.

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First up: Weirdest by Heather Nuhfer, who’s written Wonder Woman, Scooby-Doo and My Little Pony comics. Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, best known for voicing Ahsoka in Star Wars: Clone Wars, reads every single submission and talks to fans at conventions to find out what they’re interested in reading. Eckstein’s fan base, as well as her passion for promoting these books, is a huge selling point, according to Nuhfer. [New York Times]

Top image via Her Universe Press.


Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All The Birds in the Sky, coming Jan 26 from Tor Books. Follow her on Twitter, and email her.

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The description for Weirdest is ADORABLE! (via Goodreads)

Imagine having superpowers that physically manifest your most embarrassing emotions.

Veronica McGowan is a typical, unremarkable, average thirteen-year-old. And this is the bane of her existence. Desperate to be an “Est”—cutest, smartest, funniest—Veronica bumbles her way through 8th grade, never truly being herself for fear of rejection. Being a teenager is hard enough without the whole demoralizing world of Pearce Middle School knowing how you really feel. And nothing could be worse than everyone discovering how lame you really are. Or so she thinks….

One night, Veronica plots a way to become cool, wishing something—anything—about her would change, making her an “Est.” The next morning, Veronica wakes up for another woeful day of teenage anonymity, only to make a mortifying discovery—her strongest emotions physically manifest themselves in weird ways!

She belches fire when she’s angry, dark clouds soak her with rain when she’s sad, and she grows a protective turtle shell when she’s frightened. But worst of all, whenever she daydreams about her biggest crush, Veronica is bombarded by giggly, cutesy, floating hearts! Yep. That’s worse than being lame. For once, Veronica longs to be a wallflower. But Veronica’s emotions are on a roller-coaster ride, and her powers are running haywire.

It looks like Veronica has finally become an “Est.” But who would ever want to be—the weirdest?!