Bradley W. Schenck’s Future That Never Was

Bradley W. Schenck

Bradley W. Schenck

By Carl Slaughter: Retired game developer Bradley W. Schenck specializes in retro-futurism art. Many of you have already played with his famous Pulp-O-Mizer.

Schenck’s debut novel from Tor, Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom, illustrated by the author, will be out in March 2017.

cover slaves




You might think (as I did at first) that this is not your kind of SF, but it is. Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is the novel you’ve been waiting for — you just didn’t know it. Not only can Bradley Schenck write (his arch, blithe tone hides a skillfully constructed plot), he’s an amazing artist. I love the setting, the characters, the sly references. This novel gave me a happy buzz. Remember when SF used to be upbeat and fun? Well, the fun is back and it’s right here. —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Repairman Jack


The book has a total of twenty-four illustrations (including a title page and endpapers) all in grayscale.

Seven pieces of Switchboard-themed art are here on Schenck’s blog.

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7 thoughts on “Bradley W. Schenck’s Future That Never Was

  1. @David: I can’t say for certain; it’s likely, since I’ve heard that his middle name was Von Nydeggen. But – also because of his middle name – I think our families parted ways around the end of the sixteenth century.

    And I’m so happy to see this here! One of these days you’ll get to see the much improved real cover for Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom – this one’s a washed-out version of one of the roughs I did back in April.

    For anyone who wants to know more about the book, I have a running series of posts here at my blog.

  2. Awesome! I own about a dozen or so of his t-shirts. If his writing is anywhere near as funny as his art, the book will be great!

  3. This book looks awesome. Please have another article about it when it’s published, because I will have forgotten.

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