ZERO HISTORY by William Gibson continues his critique of contemporary civilization through a window of technology that renders the everyday into science fiction.
We follow a complex and sophisticated plot revolving about shadowy, powerful and unscrupulous figures that use the more sympathetic protagonists to further their financial and political ends. Think something like a James Bond story told by a cyberpunk sophisticate. There is adventure aplenty and lots of action. Cutting edge technologies and their implications further the action that is intense and unrelenting.
In Jenniferâ€™s Eganâ€™s lively and inventive novel â€“ A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD â€“ each of its characters feels his or her mortality. Each is a in a tenuous danse-a-deux with â€śthe goon.â€ť
Every chapter is told from a different characterâ€™s point of view and it is no accident that the novel starts with Sasha â€“ the assistant of music producer Bennie Salazar, one of the key focal points. Sasha has sticky fingers and is constantly pirating away meaningless objects to compose â€śthe warped core of her life.â€ť These objects serve as talismans, placing her at armâ€™s length from the love she wants.
November 3, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· One Comment
Tags: Knopf, Music, Near Future Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Contemporary, Humorous, National Book Critic Circle (NBCC), Pulitzer Prize, Reading Guide, Satire, y Award Winning Author
Itâ€™s probably best to get this one interesting tidbit out of the way: 38 year-old Gary Shteyngart, the author of the clever new satire, SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY, recently made the New Yorkerâ€™s list of â€ś20 Under 40â€ť fiction writersâ€”writers whom the New Yorker described as â€ścapturing the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.â€ť With SUPER SAD, Shteyngart has done just that.
In ABLE ONE, Ben Bova turns up the heat with the threat of war. A Korean faction takes out most of the world’s satellites by exploding a missile in orbit. Through unaffected, hardened military satellites, the government watches the Korean launch pad where two more missiles stand ready.
The Korean threat turns Harry Hartunian’s first airborne test of an experimental, anti-missile laser into the real thing. The Airbourne Laser, or ABL-1 (Able One), housed in the retrofitted body of a 747 Boing jet, is America’s best hope of averting a war with not just Korea, but by extension China as well.
THE IMMORTALITY FACTOR was first published in 1996 as BROTHERS. It is now presented, according to Bova, not as a science fiction novel, but as a contemporary novel. Due to advancements in the field of cellular regeneration, it is no longer science fiction.