As if we don’t already have a jillion reasons to be ready for 2021 to get here, there’s now another one: Rick Springfield’s sequel to the best-selling novel “Magnificent Vibration” will be available on Jan. 28. “World on Fire” can now be pre-ordered at adbl.co/worldonfire. For now, it’s only available on Audible, but with no possibilities for meet-and-greet booksignings, that’ll do for now. (Plus listening to him read it for hours sounds fine to me. Although I do hope a print version will be available at some point. Along with meet-and-greet booksignings.)
Here’s the publisher’s summary of the book:
World on Fire picks up where Magnificent Vibration left off: with the hapless Bobby Cotton and his beloved bride (and former nun), Alice, having unleashed a global pandemic that’s fast wiping out half the world’s population – and at God’s request.
Bobby guides a very pregnant Alice and a motley crew of survivors to the Holy Land, darting through the hazards of a world that has fallen to pieces in a way more thorough than any we have seen.
But Bobby’s newborn daughter is born with astonishing abilities, and she’s not alone. A miraculous Convergence is headed for Galilee, where the stakes include survival of the Earth as we know it and the human race.
By turns hilarious and deadly serious, World on Fire explores the fate of the Earth in an utterly original way.
Here’s RS’s version of the announcement, in a Facebook post:
Holy crap! Okay, maybe not word appropriate considering the general subject matter but my new novel ‘World on Fire’ is being released in January! It’s an audiobook so you don’t even have to know how to read! Just sit back and let the mellifluous tones of “yours truly” take you to hell and back.
It’s dark humor and a re-imagining of our future with some magic in it that you didn’t see coming. Okay, I’ve given away too much already. It’s the sequel to by last best-selling fiction novel ‘Magnificent Vibration’ but it’s a stand alone story that doesn’t require going back and reading or rereading ‘Magnificent Vibration’.
I hope you enjoy my second novel and my first as an Audible exclusive. Pre-order now @audible at adbl.co/worldonfire Xoxo Rick
In today’s article on The Hollywood Reporter website, “Rick Springfield to Release Follow-up to Best-selling Novel, ‘Magnificent Vibration,’ RS says, “Houston, we have a problem! Pandemic. Fires. Hurricanes. Isolation. TV re-runs. The end seems near. I love our planet, as we all do, and the destruction we’re bringing to her door is frightening. I really want to change the ending. Then, I realized that I could, IN FICTION, because…well…its fiction. So I wrote a novel about it and gave our planet a happier resolution. Of sorts.”
Note: Any similarities between the global pandemic in “World on Fire” and the current global pandemic in real life are purely coincidental, as “World on Fire” was written before COVID-19 arrived on the scene (evidence here, in this post from May 2019).