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J.J. Abrams’ Mysterious Book S. Hits Shelves: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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StrangerThis past summer, J.J. Abrams surprised us all with a mysterious black-and-white teaser video that, while stylish and evocative, didn’t actually reveal what it was for. It was a classic bit of Abrams “mystery box” provocation, and the interwebs lit up with speculation about whether the teaser was for a new movie or show or something else entirely. Eventually, it was revealed that the vid was promoting S., a book conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. It finally hits shelves today, and it certainly sounds intriguing. You can order it via Amazon, and you can heck out the full synopsis and the original teaser video below.

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of October 28, 2013

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As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

Clone“Clone Assassin” by Steven L. Kent

Earth, A.D. 2519. The clone soldiers of the Enlisted Man’s Empire, formerly members of the Unified Authority’s powerful military, maintain a tenuous grasp on the power they fought so hard to gain. But the U.A. will not be so easy to suppress as they had hoped…

A provocateur attacks the Pentagon. Gunships converge on the penitentiary where Unified Authority war criminals are held. And a clone assassin murders Admiral Don Cutter, commander in chief of the Enlisted Man’s Empire…

It all happens at once — and five minutes later, more assassins attack Wayson Harris as he prepares for a summit with delegates of Olympus Kri. With Harris missing and their most deadly enemies on the loose, the remaining officers of the Empire must uncover a plot to overthrow their government while preparing for war…

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J.J. Abrams Sheds More Light On The Mysterious Novel S.

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A few weeks ago J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions dropped a mysterious black and white trailer into our laps. Stunts like this aren’t exactly unusual for a guy who has made obfuscation a routine part of his standard business routine. Many people assumed that this was a book trailer for a novel called S. by Doug Dorst, which Abrams helped bring along. A new video currently making the rounds confirms these suppositions as fact.

This video definitely sports a serious Twilight Zone vibe, what with its monochrome color scheme, ominous tone, and esoteric feel. And in true Abrams fashion, it doesn’t say much about the actual subject at hand, but there certainly is a lot of enigmatic whispering going around. But luckily for those of you who are interested, there is some additional information about the book.