A new series by author Joy Lin, acclaimed TED ED writer,
Comic Con presenter, science teacher, and comedian

Superpower Science
Joy Lin

PUB. DATE: April 2019
Each book: Paperback, 32 pp.
7 �" x 10"
$8.99 U.S., $11.50 Canada

What would really happen if you were faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or were able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? In other words, what would it actually be like to have superpowers?

Superpower Science answers these questions with humor and a comic book twist as it follows the exploits of various superheroes who must come to terms with the real-world laws of physics. When you consider and understand the science, it quickly becomes evident that having superpowers might not be at all what it's cracked up to be. In fact, it can be absolutely comical, or even disastrous for the superhero.

Each of the four books in the series focuses on four superpowers and explains which scientific principles come into play if the superpower actually existed. For example, what would really happen to you if you could shrink like Ant-Man? To answer this question, you'll need to understand the law of conservation of mass which tells you that, after you shrink, you'll still remain the same weight as before your transformation. In other words, you'll be a 100+ pound ant! And at that size and weight, if you don't break every surface you walk on, you'll definitely leave a trail of noticeable dents behind you.

Joy Lin explains the science behind superpowers in these four titles:

Fantastic Forces and Motion

Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to fly, run superfast, freeze time, or be superstrong? You may think so until you understand laws of forces and motion.

ISBN 978-1-4380-1265-0

Heroes of Light and Sound

You may think that being invisible, having X-ray vision or superhearing would be superfun. But when you take into account the science of light and sound, you just might change your mind.

ISBN 978-1-4380-1266-7

Masters of Matter

What if you could grow or shrink, teleport, or shape-shift. It all sounds like fun until you understand the science of matter.

ISBN 978-1-4380-1267-4

The Superhuman Body

Would you like to read other people's minds, regenerate any part of your body, or be immortal? Don't answer this question until you understand what these superpowers would actually do to your body.

ISBN 978-1-4380-1268-1

The Graphic Novel Format Is the Perfect Vehicle for Teaching Science

Kids, and yes, even adults will thoroughly enjoy these action-packed books that help them understand complex scientific concepts in a fun new way. Joy Lin's explanatory text, accompanied by the illustrations of Alan Brown, makes learning science fun and entertaining. And kids may not even notice that they're absorbing important scientific concepts as they follow the adventures of these superheroes.

Each book comes with a glossary, an index, and a list of additional resources to help kids delve deeper into each subject.

About the Author:

Joy Lin
Joy Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Austin, TX when she was 11. At the age of 15, Joy attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with 3 degrees by the age of 21. She has been teaching in Austin Independent School District ever since. In 2012, she was named one of 18 most inspiring educators by, which hosts TED talks among other projects. TED was so impressed with Joy, they funded a six-part animated series "If Superpowers Were Real." The animated series premiered in 2013 on TED Ed and received international media attention from BBC, FOX, KUT, Time Warner Cable News, and over 100 websites.

About the Illustrator:
Alan Brown's love of comic art, cartoons and drawing has helped him to follow his dreams of becoming an artist. His career as a freelance artist and designer has allowed him to work on projects for Disney, Warner Bros., the BBC, and Fisher Price. As well as having the good fortune to be able to work on comics such as Ben 10, Bravest Warriors, and independent comics, he's also provided an array of illustrations for children's books published by Collins, Franklin Watts, Barrington Stoke, Ransom, Titain, Igloo, and Rising Stars.

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