Max Gladstone

Author

Max Gladstone is the Lead Writer on Bookburners, and a team writer on The Witch Who Came In From The Cold, both from Serial Box. He was thrown from a horse in Mongolia, drank almond milk with monks on Wudang Shan, and wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. Max is also the author of the Craft Sequence of books about undead gods and skeletal law wizards—Full Fathom Five, Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Last First Snow. Max fools everyone by actually writing novels in the coffee shops of Davis Square in Somerville, MA. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect. He tweets as @maxgladstone and can be found online at MaxGladstone.com.

Serial News

New Episode! Bookburners S2E5: “Debtor’s Prison”

Asanti’s murky past gets a bit clearer when an old friend visits her to reminisce…and collect on a debt.

#ColdWitch History Lessons

Smuggling Jeans Behind the Iron Curtain

"There is more power in blue jeans and rock and roll than the entire Red Army” --Régis Debray

Just For Fun

6 Creepy Conspiracy Theories About the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Vatican’s Secret Archives, aka Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, are subject to wild conspiracy theories, and for good reason. With a name like that, who wouldn’t speculate?

#ColdWitch History Lessons

Espionage Target: You!

Want to learn the art of Cold War espionage? Need to guard some Very Important Secrets? Wow, do we have a video for you!

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New Episode! Bookburners Season 2, Episode 4: “Ghosts”

Frustrated at the still-broken Orb, Liam does some old-school web fishing and gets a nibble from Turkey.

#ColdWitch History Lessons

Microdot Technology and Compression Reading

Microdot encryption, a spy favorite, refers the reduction of a text or an image to the size of a small disc, often the size and shape of a typographical dot, such as a period or the tittle of a lower-case j or i. This encryption technique was primarily used to prevent detection by unintended recipients, particularly when conveying sensitive or classified materials.

From The Writers' Room

Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S02, Ep03: “Mistakes Were Made”

The surprising pleasures of writing this episode lay in realizing how little I had to stray from the truth, from actual experiences I’d had at academic conferences, to make “Mistakes Were Made” work. The harried and overburdened staff. The presenter who realizes slowly, during the presentation, that his work isn’t even all that interesting to his peers and possibly himself. The resolute eccentric who does amazing work but has deep-sixed his own career because he couldn’t care less about his discipline’s politics. I’d already met them all.

#ColdWitch History Lessons

Assassination Umbrellas, Exploding Paint Sets…and Dead Drop Rats? More Strange Declassified Spy Gear from the Cold War

Of the many devices these spies used, some are certainly more *creative* than others. Take a look at some of the stranger spy gear we've come across in our #ColdWitch research journey

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New Episode! Bookburners Season 2, Episode 3: “Mistakes Were Made”

Asanti and Liam sneak invites to a magical conference in Russia, and find the bad coffee and cheap cups the least of their problems.

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Serial Box Authors take ReaderCon!

This weekend (July 7-10), Quincy, Massachusetts will be taken over by authors, writers, and creators for ReaderCon, the conference on imaginative literature - and eight Serial Boxers will be there!

#ColdWitch History Lessons

Czechoslovakian espionage in Cold War Australia

Who was Horace Pile? For a humble Australian electronics components salesman, he made a surprising number of visits to the Weapons Research Establishment (WRE) at Salisbury. Could he have been one of the leading Soviet intelligence operatives in Australia?

Just For Fun

Need a career change? The Vatican’s hiring exorcists.

Sign up for the Vatican's six-day training session, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” to learn practical ways to help the demonically-afflicted.

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