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Emmy Award-winning filmmaker J.J. Abrams has produced, directed, or written films and television shows including Fringe, Lost, Alias, Felicity, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible, and more.
Doug Dorst teaches writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. He is author of the PEN/Hemingway-nominated novel Alive in Necropolis and the collection The Surf Guru. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Epoch, and elsewhere. Dorst is also a three-time Jeopardy! champion.
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One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013. Maxim Jakubowski's December 2013 Book of the Month. Some books need to be more than actually read: they have to be experienced. This is one of them. Conceived by 'Lost' maestro Abrams and written by Dorst, S. is a book within a book within a book and so ad infinitum. Inside the box in which it comes is a facsimile of an old library book called SHIP OF THESEUS by mysterious author V.M. Slatka, a pulp fiction novel full of mystery and intrigue. Then, inside the book are artefacts: letters, postcards, maps, telegrams, newspaper cuttings and, in the margins of the novel, hundreds of annotations in two hands which tell their own investigative and romantic story. This is interactive fiction with a profound sense of wonder and the reader is dragged into its fascinating universe, a spider's web whose hypnotic attraction is impossible to break. It's silly, touching and enigmatic and revives your faith in the powers of fiction. In addition, the whole assemblage is a wonderfully visual and tactile object like no other. A gift that is not just for Xmas!