George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Penevega, and Marisa Tomei…straight out of the movie version of Spare Parts! It hits screens this month. Obviously, you should read the book first—the book, that is, that the Washington Post calls “a delightful book…a great American story” and Nature’s reviewer Noel Sharkey calls “perhaps the most gripping popular-science book I have read.”
Well maybe you can watch the official theatrical trailer first (above). Then read the book. And then in good conscience you can check out the movie’s website and join the #SPAREPARTS movement—we’re partial to The Brain ourselves, but there are other solid choices.
‘Tis the season for best of the year lists. We’re pretty pleased to be on more than a few. Below, a roundup of FSG Originals (as well as honorary FSG Originals and alums) that hit some of the year-end best-of lists.
Critics went ape over Catherine Lacey’s “frequently brilliant”* debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing this year. It was #1 on Time Out New York’s list of the 10 best books of 2014. #11 of BuzzFeed’s 24 best fiction books of 2014 AND one of 32 of the most beautiful book covers of 2014. Electric Literature named it one of 2014’s best novels AND best debut of 2014. Also in Electric Literature, fellow Originals author Jeff VanderMeer named Nobody Is Ever Missing among his favorite fiction reads of 2014. It was one of The Huffington Post’s best books of 2014, one of Bustle’s best books of 2014, and in the Barnes & Noble Review, Jami Attenberg named it one of the best books she read in 2014 (along with Ugly Girls!) Not too shabby for a debut novel!
Check out the rest of the best!
In Spare Parts (soon to be a major motion picture!), Joshua Davis tells the story of an unlikely high school robotics team from Phoenix, Arizona: Four Mexican-American boys, undocumented and without a lot of obvious promise in the field of underwater robot building. We’ll try to not to ruin the climax here, but when Davis returned to Carl Hayden High School to check in on the team a decade after he had originally covered them, he found one more development: Girls!
Last week, we published Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts. And, come January—hold your breath—a major motion picture is arriving in theaters. Spare Parts (the film) stars Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, and a serious-looking George Lopez. And it looks great. Just check out the trailer.
To mark all this success, Wired has republished the original story that inspired Spare Parts (the book)—Joshua Davis’s excellent La Vida Robot, which you can read here.
On a very cold night a few weeks ago, we celebrated Shelly Oria’s short story collection New York 1; Tel Aviv 0 and the return of our deepest, original, #1, host with the most, David “Aphex Swift” Rees at Issue Project Room. We did some remote viewing, discovered the secret to happiness, danced to the Pixies, and Slothrust performed a live set. Photos by Lopez Williams are up now! Footage to come. •
This week, FSG Originals is proud to release its very first hardcover publication. Area X is a beefy (“I don’t think the brilliance of the Corral cover is as clear until you hold the hardcover in your hands,” Jeff says), three-in-one volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s beloved Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. It’s also an appropriate capstone to the adrenaline-fueled, “rapid fire” publication of the series: twelve months, three—well, four—books, and one very intrepid author.
‘Tis the season for “visions of psychic dysfunction, inflatable lovers, worm regurgitation, cat appreciation, and Satan,” as the saying goes.
We’re very excited to usher in the holidays with a performance by SLOTHRUST—a trio whose music the press calls “heavy and raw,” “funny and fuzzy,” and “a dazzling balance of rock and blues”—at our next Originals Series, with Shelly Oria and David Rees on Tuesday, November 18th. (RSVP already!)