If you liked Natalie Whipple’s Transparent, as I did, be prepared for the second verse: Blindsided (which, you have to admit, is a great title) is due out in mid-January from Hot Key Books.
HarperTeen, which published Transparent, apparently passed on this one, but will pick up Whipple’s House of Ivy & Sorrow (April), a tale of a high-school-age witch and a Curse that affects her family.
Addendum: Here’s the cover art:No comments
Finally got Transparent’s Fiona McClean added to the FIdb. (I’ve reviewed it here.)
A different tack altogether, and not entirely on topic, since it’s a guy, but I also recommend Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, an affecting story about a teenage boy who can’t be seen — and the new girl in town, who can actually see him. The appearance of two good YA novels on this topic, I suggest, is good news for the future.
Transparent’s Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she’s been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people.
Fiona’s had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father’s reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can’t trust, and a guy at school she can’t stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she’ll go to protect everyone she’s come to love.
I’ve got my preorder in already.
Everybody tells you to stay in your seat when the movie’s over, because something might happen after the credits, and of late it happens often enough to justify the extra five minutes before hitting the streets, so you’ve come to see it as the rule rather than the exception.
Now this cultural artifact wouldn’t seem to apply to books, but here’s an example where it did: Jeanne Ray’s 2011 novel Calling Invisible Women, in its original hardback version from Crown, bears the usual flyleaf photograph of the author — except that she’s invisible. It says something, though I’m not sure what, that I’d read it twice before I ever noticed.
Lola Savullo (Invisible) and Clover Hobart (Calling Invisible Women) have been posted to the database.
Here’s Phil Noto’s cover art for the new Scarlet O’Neil graphic novel:
More of the scoop right here.
This is a mercenary who did a one-shot in the series Alphas: apparently it’s just the one name so far.
Her technique, unlike most of the rest of the Griffins vanishing out there, requires no chemicals. From the Alphas wiki:
Griffin is able to take advantage of the human “blind spot.” Because human beings have two eyes, the optic nerve has to translate two sets of data into a single, three-dimension image. The spacing of our eyes allows for a gap in this data. Griffin’s Alpha ability effects other people’s optic nerves, expanding the blind spot to accommodate her size. To supplement this, she disables local security systems and has developed a style of movement which keeps her in the blind spot.
Ingenious. I wonder if Lamont Cranston knew about this?
Our very own Unseen Model gets her own music video, a mere seven decades after the fact:
With thanks to John, Ringo, George, and especially Paul.
Mars Will Send No More (now that’s a name to be reckoned with) has a couple of Scarlet O’Neil four-pagers from the old Famous Funnies. There’s even the obligatory Blind Guy.1 comment
The Web site of the Guardian has added a fashion column dedicated to the “vintage years,” written by someone identified only as the Invisible Woman. Apparently no one’s noticed her in about ten years.
I think it’s a fairly safe bet that she can actually be seen, but I have to applaud her taking on the pseudonym, if only because it stirs conversation, and if there’s one thing the Guardian likes, it’s conversation: they have a whole subsection called “Comment is free,” with its own US sub-subsection.
Very nice short-short story by Maria Deira: single mom raising invisible daughter.
At some point when I wasn’t looking — turns out to be the early 1990s — Marvel Comics issued a handful of Swimsuit Issues. (As Brett White of Topless Robot points out, “The only difference between superhero spandex and a swimsuit is that the colorist gets to use a lot more flesh tone.”
Which still doesn’t explain putting an invisible swimsuit on the Invisible Woman:
Frighteningly, there’s precedent for this.
(Via Fark.)3 comments
Theodore Hook’s The invisible girl: a piece in one act dates to 1806. The young lady in question, one Harriet Falkland, has lots of lines and an enthusiastic suitor, but the play contrives to have her unseen, behind the scenes or otherwise out of the line of sight, for its entire length. (Google has it as an e-book.)
I suspect this was intended as a send-up of the popular Parisian “Invisible Woman” shows of that decade, in which audience members were invited to interact with the feminine occupant of a seemingly-empty room.
From EA’s Crysis 2 description at YouTube:
Enhanced strength and speed are necessary improvements, but it’s the Nanosuit’s invisibility that will give gamers the true advantage. Fight to save NYC and the world from an all-out alien invasion by slipping into the shadows and using stealth to surprise, confuse and eliminate your opponents.
Due out on Tuesday.
Well, okay, not tomorrow, as in “the day after today,” but apparently they’ve made a heck of a start:
In the past, researchers have only been able to “cloak” microscopic objects using extremely complicated physics and so-called meta-materials made on a tiny scale.
But a new study at the University of Birmingham in the UK has taken a major step forward by making a paper clip invisible — an object thousands of times bigger than in previous experiments.
Invisible paper clips! How do they work?
The research works by using a naturally forming crystal called calcite which has extraordinary light-bending abilities.
By placing the crystals over an object it “bounces” light around it rendering it invisible to the naked eye.
And apparently calcite has been found in crystals up to 21 feet long, about the length of the current Rolls-Royce Phantom.1 comment