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[GUEST POST] Christian Schoon on The Shutting Down of Strange Chemistry


Christian Schoon spent several years as an in-house writer with the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA, before going out on his own as a freelance writer working for various film, home video and animation studios in Los Angeles. After moving from LA to a farmstead in the American Midwest, he now works on his novels, continues freelance for the entertainment industry and also volunteers with groups dedicated to rehabilitating wildlife and fostering abused/neglected horses. His novels Zenn Scarlett and the sequel Under Nameless Stars were published by from Strange Chemistry Books.

A Strange Chemistry Author’s Take His Imprint’s Vaporization

by Christian Schoon

There was a big disturbance in the Force just recently. SF&F publisher Angry Robot Books announced the closure of their Strange Chemistry (Young Adult SF&F) and Exhibit A (Crime Fiction) imprints. I’m an author with Strange Chemistry, and while the news came as a surprise to me and the other authors in the SC stable, with hindsight, and in the context of today’s red-in-tooth-and-claw publishing environment, maybe it shouldn’t have come as entirely shocking news. (A disclaimer: this post contains no privileged information or secret decoder ring decoding. It’s just me and some opinions/gleanings from what’s been drifting around on the interwebs in the last few days).
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[GUEST POST] Christian Schoon on The Inspiration for ZENN SCARLETT


Christian Schoon spent several years as an in-house writer with the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA, before going out on his own as a freelance writer working for various film, home video and animation studios in Los Angeles. After moving from LA to a farmstead in the American Midwest, he now works on his novels, continues freelance for the entertainment industry and also volunteers with groups dedicated to rehabilitating wildlife and fostering abused/neglected horses. His novel Zenn Scarlett will be published in the US and Canada on May 7,and in the UK on May 2; from Strange Chemistry Books. (North American distribution by Random House.)

The Inspiration for Zenn Scarlett

The reporter followed me into a room that was tropically hot and humid, maybe 85 degrees F. We were in a converted garage on the rural property of the veterinarian who takes care of the animals on my own acreage. When the reporter was far enough inside to make out what was floating in a large tank in the corner, I got a “Whoa!” and a quick step back from him. This is always satisfying.

Digression: my YA SF novel Zenn Scarlett follows the adventures of a 17-year-old girl in her novice year of training to be an exoveterinarian. She’s specializing in the care and treatment of generally large, usually dangerous, wildly fascinating alien life forms. Extraordinary creatures, exotic medical procedures, xenophobic paranoia, disturbing cross-species ESP and annoying romantic distractions ensue…
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