SPOTLIGHT + GUEST POST: Alice in No-Man's-Land

We are so excited to be a part of the blog tour for James Knapp's newest YA novel, ALICE IN NO-MAN'S-LAND! 

ALICE IN NO-MAN'S-LAND is a Young Adult, Alice in Wonderland, Sci-fi re-imagining that is just in time for the 150th Anniversary.

Make sure to click one of the buy links below to grab your copy, and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

When her escape pod falls to earth, crashing in Ypsilanti Bloc, privileged seventeen-year-old Alice Walshe is dashed from the wonderland of wealth and prosperity into a ruined, walled city overrun with militias, gangs, and even cannibals. On top of this horror, her younger brother’s escape pod is missing.

Alice isn’t naïve – she’s always known blocs like Ypsilanti exist, left behind after a foodborne illness ravished the country decades earlier and left pockets of severe urban decay in its wake. Men like her father - a major player at Cerulean Holdings - renew the devastated blocs and bring stability back into the areas. But, Ypsilanti is even worse than the tales she’s heard, and rumor has it the bloc is faced with the threat of extermination by Cerulean, not renewal.

Trapped within Ypsilanti’s borders and left for dead, Alice teams up with a pair of teen scavengers who tracked the wreck of her pod. Despite their rough exterior and vulgar speech, they’re her only option for navigating the hostile and violent environment of Ypsilanti, finding her brother, and getting out of No-Man’s-Land alive.

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Like most authors I was an avid reader before I was a writer, which started at my local library as a kid.  I'd ride my bike there, then spend the next several hours alternately playing a text adventure game on the library's computer, and browsing the bookshelves for booty to bring back home with me. I quickly learned that the Science Fiction section was my favorite, and my very first favorite author became Isaac Asimov.  To be fair, I was pretty young then and so part of what drew me in about him was that he not only wrote a lot of short stories, but he wrote a lot of short stories about robots. I would have been happy to keep reading about those forever. I'm still fascinated by robots today, and a lot of it can be traced back to Asimov.

As I got older, I started getting more adventurous in my reading, moving from Asimov's short stories to his novels and then eventually every scifi novel I could get my hands on. Since the library was full of worn out, hardcover copies of all the 'Golden Age' greats, I eventually moved onto Pohl, Heinlein, Niven, and Frank Herbert. I admit I didn't really move onto more recent authors until 'all the Golden Age novels I could get my hands on' turned into 'the subset of them that didn't interest me'. After that I began to branch out, and things began to get even more interesting. Don't take that as a jab at Golden Age writers, I will always love those stories and they're still a big part of the landscape for a reason, but they'd already written tons of books by the time the kid version of me got his library card. They were/are products of a time that was before mine. As I began reading more modern authors like Octavia Butler, Greg Egan, Sherri S. Tepper, and Nancy Kress I began to see stories that addressed the challenges and issues of my own time, and that idea really excited me. I loved the idea that books could hold a mirror up to ourselves even if the setting or backdrop might be strange or alien - this was something that had always been true even in the Golden Age, but the world of my parents' time will always be an abstract for me and anyone else who never lived in it. I knew I wanted to write about the fun things I'd always loved, but that I also wanted to use my writing to study aspects of the world and our society that interest me. Alice in No-Man's-Land is a good example of this. 

I've got favorites from all of the authors I've mentioned - I don't know how many times I read Asimov's Foundation, I've read Herbert's Dune at least three times, and Pohl's Gateway twice...Butler's Mind of My Mind, Tepper's Grass, Egan's Permutation City, and Kress' Beggars in Spain I've reread at least once. It's honestly hard to say which one of these would be my life-long favorite - they all brought so much to the table, and each of them has inspired me in their own way. This is why it's important for writers to also be readers. I leave it to the readers to decide how successful I've been, but I found something important worth taking away from each of these authors; Isaac Asimov's science and clarity of plot, Frank Herbert's complexity (and trippiness), Octavia Butler's refusal to pull punches and her willingness to explore the uglier sides of humanity, Kress' interest in technology, and the humanness of her characters...I try to incorporate these aspects into my own writing.

As a side note, I got to meet one of my big early influences Nancy Kress at a con once. She was in a hurry, so I didn't get to really talk to her (she got swarmed immediately after the reading she did) but she was nice enough to let my wife take a picture of us together, and when I went into a fan trance and smiled weird, she posed for a second one with me affirming my suspicion that she is totally cool.


Chat From No Man's Land With Author James Knapp:

When: Tuesday, Nov. 24th 7:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.
What: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland with James Knapp, author of science fiction reimagining, Alice In No Mans Land. Leave your teacups at home, No Mans Land is a near future, post-apocalyptic world where the white rabbit is a tablet app, the Mad Hatter is a smart-mouthed rebel teen, and the Queen of Hearts--well, he's a militia leader with a fondness for chopping off heads. This Alice is more Katniss than sugar and spice, and you won't find her in a white pinafore. Come chat with James about his book and enter to win a signed paperback of Alice In No Mans Land! More about the book here:


About James Knapp:

James Knapp was born in New Hampshire in 1970, and has lived in the New England area since that time. He developed a love of reading and writing early on, participating in young author competitions as early as grade school, but the later discovery of works by Frank Herbert and Isaac Asimov turned that love to an obsession.

He wrote continuously through high school, college and beyond, eventually breaking into the field with the publication of the Revivors trilogy (State of Decay, The Silent Army, and Element Zero). State of Decay was a Philip K. Dick award nominee, and won the 2010 Compton Crook Award. Ember, The Burn Zone, and Fallout were all written under the name James K. Decker.

He now lives in MA with his wife Kim.



Blog Tour Schedule:
October 5th:
Book Bite Reviews - Book Spotlight/Excerpt
Opinionated Cupcakes - Book Spotlight/Excerpt
Coffee Books & Art - Book Spotlight/Excerpt
A B Keuser - Guest Post

October 6th:
Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
Book Lover's Life - Book Spotlight/Excerpt

October 7th:
ZombieePee's Blog - Book Spotlight/Excerpt
Mythical Books - Guest Post/Excerpt

October 8th:
The Best Books Ever - Book Spotlight/Excerpt/Guest Post
Have Words Will Scribble - Excerpt/Interview/Review

October 9th:
Mary's Cup of Tea - Book Spotlight

October 10th:
Evermore Books - Book Spotlight/Excerpt

October 11th:
Bookworm for Kids - Excerpt
Dark Novella - Book Spotlight

October 12th:
A Thousand Books - Guest Post/Excerpt
My Bookish Ways - Book Spotlight/Excerpt

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