Stan Lee’s ‘A Trick of Light’ Explores the Dark Side of the Internet

WIRED | 10/19/2019 | Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
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Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics editor who co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men, passed away last year at the age of 95. Author Kat Rosenfield got the opportunity to work with him on one of his final projects, a superhero novel called A Trick of Light.

“He had the most unbelievable creative enthusiasm,” Rosenfield says in Episode 383 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “He was an incredibly spontaneously creative person. He was having ideas well into his 90s.”

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In A Trick of Light, a teenage YouTuber named Cameron Ackerson is struck by lightning and finds himself gifted with “cyberkinesis,” the ability to manipulate computers with his mind. But events soon spiral out of control, as Cameron finds himself enmeshed in the internet’s dark side.

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“Stan felt that the internet had not necessarily lived up to its promise,” Rosenfield says. “Instead of connecting people, it was having the effect of tribalizing them. Even though people could get online and talk to people anywhere in the world, a lot of us felt more alone than ever.”

Rosenfield initially worried that she wasn’t geeky enough to work on A Trick of Light, but says that her collaborators, who also included Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, felt that she would bring a fresh perspective to the project. “They decided they wanted to go in a little bit of a different direction and get somebody from more of a literary fiction background,” she says. “I think the guys felt that they were representing the truly hardcore nerdy side, so it was cool to diversify things a little bit.”

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She was also able to draw on her experiences with some of the internet’s stranger corners.

“We were trying to come up with some imaginary conspiracy theories for somebody to...
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