Tears of the Anaren

Tears of the Anaren Summary

Behold an unforgettable intergalactic love story, rescued from the mists of time and brought to you by the visionaries behind Mythic Quest, the world-changing video game at the heart of the Apple TV+ Original Series. 

What connects tantalizing yet tender alien romance with the biggest multiplayer video game of all time? Seasoned storyteller C.W. Longbottom, the Nebula Award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author and head writer of Mythic Quest. C.W. found literary fame with Inside the Caves of Beneroth and Tears of the Anaren, but even his most loyal fans don’t know that Tears of the Anaren began as a short story he wrote in the early 1970s while interning at Amazing Tales magazine. 

This never-before-published draft is now yours to discover, complete with C.W.’s (extremely) colorful commentary and an Introduction and Afterword by Ian Grimm, the iconoclastic creator of Mythic Quest. As sparks fly between heroic scoundrel Zeb and space seductress Merrith, we get a glimpse into the mind of a talented young man yearning for greatness. Like early Mozart, it is raw and green — but also magic. 

From Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, and Rob McElhenney, the Apple TV+ original comedy series, Mythic Quest, goes behind the scenes to follow the game’s creators. In a workplace focused on building worlds, molding heroes, and creating legends, the most hard-fought battles don’t occur in the game — they happen in the office. Rob McElhenney stars as Ian Grimm alongside Charlotte Nicdao and F. Murray Abraham.

Book Reviews


Man, this is problematic5 star

And pretty based55

kylie joan

Magnificent5 star

Hilarious addition to a wonderful show! LOVED MQ!55


Hilarious5 star

So fun to get a glimpse into the tragedy of CW’s writing! Almost as bad as I assumed it would be. 😂55

Vidhi P

Funny5 star

Great accompaniment to the show55


We all knew this is bad1 star

But I truly didn’t expect this is such bad until I read it. You really owe Peter and Goldsmith some big apology for letting them reading this CW, and this is the first time I agree with Ian, I can’t believe we have the same taste, before this I am always the most loyal Poppy fan.15


Pretty similar to the 50s and 60s pulp novels I used to read3 star

This is right out of a pulp novel from the late 50s-60s, sci fi paperback stuff, like pohl, Anderson, farmer, de camp. And def the stainless steel rat!35


Even Asimov couldn’t have written it better....5 star

Or could he have?55


Mystery Science Theater 3000 in book form5 star

So bad, it’s funny. You have to read it in CW’s voice to grasp the attempted gravitas. Brilliant piece to go along with Mythic Quest Season 2.55


Need the Revised Version5 star

We need to have the full released version of the book!55


Hackneyed humor5 star

I most enjoyed the author’s self-congratulatory commentary at various points, but here and there the story was laughably bad, especially at the end, so it was worth reading. But no, I’d never read a novel this bad, and I can see why Isaac Asimov felt the need to completely re-write this teenage-style fantasy/trash.55

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