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The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765326454
Date: 19 February 2013 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Mad scientists seem to achieve notoriety in cycles. In the late 1800s, demented scientists like Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo of the Nautilus sought to impose their visions upon the world--or at least their corner of it. More recently, atomic horror in the '50s gave rise to a new breed of madmen, and comic books boasted of maniacal inventors like Lex Luthor, Dr. Sivana, and Dr. Doom.

Now, in the 21st century, it's time for a new breed of mad scientist to take center stage.

From official release/information:

Product Description: From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses--from their own wonderfully twisted point of view.

An all-star roster of bestselling authors--including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire…twenty-two great storytellers all told—have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable.

Everybody loves villains. They're bad; they always stir the pot; they're much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How--and why--do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world?

If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, you're in luck: It's finally time for the madmen's side of the story.

(Source: Tor Books)

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