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The Lost Worlds of Power: Volume 0 is Available

Posted by Philip J Reed

Bad writing for a good cause

If you'll remember, way back in October we covered the news that Worlds of Power, the legendarily awful series of video game novelisations, was being given new life. By...uh...me. The idea was to assemble a motley collection of writers and have them each produce their own terrible, unfaithful, barely recognisable literary spins on NES games.

While that final book is still being edited, we have had the opportunity to make a slimmer companion volume available exclusively through a Groupees bundle. It's only available for a limited time (another 12 days as of this writing), and the bundle is pay-what-you-want, so be sure to grab it fast if you're interested.

The Lost Worlds of Power: Volume 0 contains five stories that will not be featured in the main book. This is the only place to get them, and once it's gone, it's gone!

As if the prospect of five illogical, twisted, sometimes horrific literary adaptations of the games you loved as a child wasn't enough, proceeds from the bundle go to a good cause: a three-year-old boy who fell out of a window and is in need of medical help that his family cannot afford.

The stories included in The Lost Worlds of Power: Volume 0 are:
"Mario is Missing!" by R J Burgess
"Balloon Fight," by Lucas Hale
"Ring King," by Robert Holt
"Kirby's Adventure," by Chris Gomez
"Tetris," by Philip J Reed

And I'm not the only Nintendo Lifer who put his elbow grease into this. Ron DelVillano has contributed an illustration for every story in the collection, and Thomas Whitehead very graciously took the whole mess and turned it into a quite professional eBook, for your reading pleasure.

The bundle also contains a large amount of other goodies, including music, games, and eBooks that are not devoted to tarnishing your childhood memories. With a minimum purchase of $1, and that money going to a deserving cause, we are sure that many of you will dive in.

Thanks in advance, and if you do take the plunge, let us know what you think in the comments below!

[via noiselesschatter.com, groupees.com]

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User Comments (9)

smikey

#2

smikey said:

I'll be quite interested in reading the book even if I do hate e-books I'll definitely give it ago.

absuplendous

#4

absuplendous said:

You know, as a kid, I rather liked Worlds of Power, particularly the Blaster Master title. They weren't very faithful to the games, no, but at that time, a lot of game canon was either unestablished or inconsistently applied--and if I recall correctly, some elements of the Worlds of Power Blaster Master novelization actually became folded into the Blaster Master game canon.

World

#5

World said:

Love "the five most popular games of all time!"

I want this and will definitely buy the final book, but I don't want a bunch of random stuff on my computer...even for $1.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#6

Philip_J_Reed said:

The final book will be free, so that's the good news. :) But it won't contain these stories...this is the only time you can grab them!

If you are concerned about downloading a bunch of stuff you don't want, don't worry. You will "own" these in your Groupees account, but you can download as many or as few of them as you like.

stipey

#8

stipey said:

Sadly, it looks like that little boy died a week ago, according to the UPDATE at the bottom of the Go Fund Me page. The funds are now going towards finding new accomodation for his family...

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