Tears of the Anaren - C.W. Longbottom

Tears of the Anaren

By C.W. Longbottom

  • Release Date: 2021-06-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 238 Ratings


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.


  • Like Peering At A Tree Through A Time Window And Seeing A Sapling

    By mikoikochestersonjack
    Tears of the Anaren was something I read growing up because it was popular, and I was dying to see what the hype was about. I liked it well enough, but I’ve always found myself drawn to Mr. Longbottom’s less appreciated works. It seemed like he really found his own style after his initial success with tears, but any fan could see the real roots of that style in this early draft here. It really shows what someone can make when they’re not worried about trying to appeal to a broad audience and just write what comes naturally.
  • Atrocious

    By Stemow
    Problematic. A minefield of horrible thoughts and ideas. A great example of how and what NOT to write. Five stars.
  • An enjoyable, funny read.

    By Johnathano619
    Nice compliment to an already great show.
  • Fascinating literature

    By Galacticworm
    Really enjoy reading the creativity produced by your extraordinary mind….
  • Man, this is problematic

    By d7mtg
    And pretty based
  • Magnificent

    By kylie joan
    Hilarious addition to a wonderful show! LOVED MQ!
  • Hilarious

    By Kwsunshine24
    So fun to get a glimpse into the tragedy of CW’s writing! Almost as bad as I assumed it would be. 😂
  • Funny

    By Vidhi P
    Great accompaniment to the show
  • We all knew this is bad

    By C.Sebastian
    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.
  • Pretty similar to the 50s and 60s pulp novels I used to read

    By bernsteinr
    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!