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Cover Reveal: How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier by John Chu

We are so excited to reveal the cover for the next story in our forthcoming lineup of Superhero fiction: How To Piss Off A Failed Super Soldier by John Chu.

Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!

How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier

About the Short Story

From the Hugo Award-winning author of “The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere” comes a new short story about family, loyalty, and symbiont-enhanced super-soldiers

From the moment of his birth, Aitch has been prodded, tested, and measured by his scientist mother, by the shadowy government who monitor his every move, and even by his superior younger brother, Jay. When Aitch escapes from his life as a bonafide lab animal, he becomes the DRP’s most wanted subject. They will stop at nothing to terminate Aitch and cover up their failed super-soldier project–and when coercion and high-tech weapons won’t work, they aren’t above assassins and espionage.

Aitch will fight his mother and the DRP to his dying breath, until he learns from Jay that there might be a cure for his super-powers. He starts to believe he could have a future: one that doesn’t end in blood and violence, and involves a broad-shouldered man with warm eyes… Aitch just has to trust Jay first.


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

When we saw a submission from John Chu for our Superhero season of short stories, we were ecstatic. Not just because we have a deep respect and love for John’s short fiction (we do), but because the story he submitted to us was so intense and awesome. We love How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier for so many reasons–because of the relationship between two extraordinary brothers, their issues with trust (particularly where Aitch is concerned), and a sweet, unexpected love story between Aitch and his climbing partner, to boot.

Oh, yeah, and there’s a ton of fighting between symbiont-powered super-soldiers, too.


About the Author: John Chu

John Chu

John Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer, translator, and podcast narrator by night. His fiction has appeared at Boston Review, Uncanny, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine and His story “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

About the Artist: Melanie Cook


Melanie Cook is an illustrator, concept artist and writer. She has produced storyboards for the likes of Ridley Scott Associates and concept art for the award-winning short film Payload and the science fiction project Restoration. Her current projects include The Tyger and the forthcoming webcomic The Death of Negative Man. You can find her on Twitter (@melicook), Tumblr ( or her personal website

How to Get the Book

How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier will be published officially on July 12, 2016, when it will be available for free in full on this here blog. You can buy the ebook (EPUB & MOBI) from all major retailers online and directly from us right now! The ebook contains the short story, as well as a Q&A and essay with the author. Bonus: The short story is also included in our very first Quarterly Almanac, available in print and ebook today.

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