oPtion$. By Fake Steve Jobs (Daniel Lyons). Da Capo. $22.95.
The Last Days of Krypton. By Kevin J. Anderson. HarperEntertainment. $25.95.
Nothing in either of these books ever happened, but the idea of both works is to treat themselves more as nonfiction than as novels – one as a memoir, one as a history.
oPtion$ actually has a real-world history, one almost as strange as the spelling of its title. A Forbes senior editor named Daniel Lyons was revealed in The New York Times earlier this year as the author of a very popular blog about Apple Computer, its CEO and his friends and colleagues – written with tongue so firmly in cheek that it could, with a little more pushing, break through.
You also know who you are if you are so dedicated a fan of Superman that you would like to read a 90-chapter, 412-page book about the destruction of the planet where Superman lived before coming to Earth and becoming…well, Superman. The planet is Krypton, whose explosion produced Kryptonite, which is deadly to Superman; the book is The Last Days of Krypton, whose ending is a foregone conclusion (hey, just read the title!) and whose pages are taken up with a description of the world’s society and the political infighting and willful blindness to danger that lead eventually to its inevitable end. Comic-book superheroes have had some rough times in recent years: Captain