The Superhero Memoirs
By: Kenneth Kim
When is science fiction not science fiction? Is it when New Yorker magazine publishes a Junot Diaz zombie apocalypse story? Or when David Mitchell redefines the boundaries of epic sci-fi with his novel Cloud Atlas? Or when we read the cyberpunk-ish final chapter in Jennifer Egan’s Welcome to the Goon Squad? In an age when mash-ups and genre-hopping have become the norm, perhaps it was only inevitable that “literary” science fiction have its heyday. And the newest – and perhaps boldest – entry into this brave new world is Kenneth Kim’s The Superhero Memoirs – an unabashed paean to the kind of sci-fi and comic books that helped mainline the Star Wars and Marvel universes into mainstream pop culture – as well as to the classic literary fiction that defined so many previous generations. It’s been said that the purpose of literature is to make us feel like we are not so alone – and repeated so often that it’s almost become a cliché. But truth can be found in even the most hackneyed of sayings, and whether you’re reading Catcher in the Rye or The Great Gatsby for the first time – or Dune or Neuromancer – for that matter – and you feel a secret thrill that maybe you’re not so strange after all, that maybe there are other people who live in a world inside their heads not so different from your own…well, maybe that’s all that really matters.
The Superhero Memoirs is an epic tale that that unfolds like a house of mirrors to take the reader on an incredible journey that blurs the boundary between fantasy and reality, from modern-day Manhattan to the realm of the gods, from the far reaches of space to the back streets of Hollywood. Christian, Molly, and Cosmos spin a dizzying web of intersecting tales that take many different forms—all of them illuminating the universal connection between our dreams…stories…and lives.
About the Author
Kenneth Kim is a writer currently residing in Los Angeles. His background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. His novel, The Superhero Memoirs, is a lyrical work of literary fiction, an evocative rumination on the mysteries of modern love, life, relationships and regret through a unique lens of science-fiction, mythology and fantasy.
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