Mark L Van Name | McIntyre's Books | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week

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Mark L Van Name

When: Sun., Aug. 29, 2 p.m. 2010

First off, "Mark L. Van Name" is perhaps the greatest sobriquet ever for an author of fine, pretentious literature. But what he actually writes is realistic science fiction. His latest, Children No More, is the fourth in a series about a nanotech-enhanced ex-soldier and his hyperintelligent assault vehicle "Lobo," who fills the gap left in genre material since Knight Rider went off the air. This story, which pits Lobo and his driver against children pressed into service as soldiers on an alien planet, confront the atrocities faced by these children and a dark secret from their past. The premise is unfortunately rooted in a grim reality involving child soldiers in foreign countries; Van Name is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this book to Falling Whistles to help rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers in the Congo. Support a good cause and read about talking assault vehicles when Van Name visits McIntyre's at 2 p.m. today; if you miss this appearance, he'll also be at Quail Ridge Books & Music Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. —Zack Smith

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