It seems impossible that a creator as prolific as Stan Lee never ventured into sci-fi novels for adult readers, until now.
A Trick of Light, co-authored by Lee and Kat Rosenfield, is the first chapter in Lee’s planned “Alliances” universe. The story follows Nia, a hacking and coding genius, and her friend Cameron, who’s been gifted an ability to manipulate technology after a freak accident. The two partner up to “create a more righteous online universe,” but end up as targets for a shadowy organization known as OPTIC. (In classic Stan Lee fashion, their efforts threaten to become overshadowed by a galactic threat looming in the distance.) Entertainment Weekly‘s reveal states that this will be Lee’s first foray into science fiction novels for adult readers, although it’s difficult to imagine a Stan Lee story without some sci-fi element.
Alliances is a posthumous work of a whole new universe, created by Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Ryan Silbert, and Luke Lieberman. Originally announced as an audio drama series with Audible, and narrated by actress Yara Shahidi, curious readers and listeners can dig into the story starting on June 27.
Check out the trailer here: