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Book 1 in a series of six planned books. In the way it embellishes the implications of quantum physics in a narrative context, this series may be considered literature’s first true multiverse novel, existing as a superposition of ever bifurcating and contradictory moments lived and relived within a greater web of experience that cumulatively suggests the macro-/micro-cosmic nature of our own universe. The story situates fully-developed characters believably within a schlocky 50s B science fiction plot.
Oskar Submerges is the first true sea novel ever set on a Jovian satellite. The interplanetary year is 2193. With the help of a massive inheritance, Cletus II of Luna, aspiring kapellmeister, has taken a job as a janitor in an infamous brain health clinic on Europa, ice world of entheogens and polysexual cyborgs, seeking inspiration and artistic actualization in the abjection to be gained from proximity to end-of-life patients. Cletus soon befriends Oskar, an aged paper architect who suffers from an endemic neurological disease, aka “french maids,” which is contracted by those exposed to the bioluminescent blue-green algae native to the subsurface ocean. In a series of increasingly-disorienting psychotic episodes, Cletus attempts to ethically navigate the Zoroastrian sex politics of this kinky new world and learn to love more perfectly before going insane, not understanding that love is the madness madder than the rest.
The old lady sits and thinks. People come to her. Life on Earth is over. (Unbeknown to her, Earth cleanup has been going on for 100 years.) She has signed up for a new beginning on Mars. She talks to herself and her nurse about the life she is leaving. Wild imaginings. She knows she will be useful. She wants to be useful. Not hateful. Not mean.
Our Mars facilitator spills his guts. The project is complete. He is given permission to admit to the sham the Mars project has become. Bring in the candidates. Plug them. Clean them up in every way. Earth goes through spotty but effective cleanup. New and improved Earthlings are returned to do it all again.
Sister Carrie is a first novel by a writer possessing such an original voice and slashing, surrealistic wit that she is sure to take her place at the forefront of cutting-edge fiction writers. Carrie Meeber leaves her stifling Florida home for Chicago, where she enters the related fields of advertising and prostitution. As an unflappable narrator makes inquiries into her bizarre life, a cartoonish, hyperkinetic, blaring street world envelops the reader.
Depraved characters parade themselves and their crass literary leanings; many keep journals, out of which Carrie is revealed with stylistic pyrotechnics. Fairbanks's scrappy, fantastic, debauched characters reveal themselves as well in hot rapid monologue and dialogue.
There is something of Kathy Acker in Sister Carrie, something of Ronald Firbank, William Burroughs, Mark Leyner perhaps, even the Joyce of Finnegans Wake. (And Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie revamped, accessorized, given riot grrrl attitude.) But it is finally a tour de force from a young woman writer with a voice all her own and a sardonic worldview perfect for the irony-clad nineties.
Weeks before Poppy is set to migrate to the human colony on Mars, their mother, Arthemise, takes them for one last voyage to visit the floating homestead on the Henderson Swamp where they were raised. On an Earth where to survive in Louisiana in the summer, one must wear a Dune-like body cooling suit, a much-needed family getaway that couldn't possibly last long enough soon becomes an eternity they can't escape when a geomagnetic solar storm powerful enough to produce widespread voltage collapse happens to coincide with a precipitous tropical system of the sort increasingly common not only along the marshy coasts of North America but uniformly and sporadically across the globe.
Ludivine is the heroine of this postmodern novel. SUPERPOWER(S.) contains a screenplay within a novel. In this novel, Ludivine provides her commentary on the filming of her screenplay, which consists of her life in her own words. The action transports the reader in time and space, popping back and forth from the Nazis in WWII France in 1944 to the Pope in the Vatican, to more recent NYC fashion world and Pakistan. All it takes is a little superpower from Ludivine.
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Our flirtatious nonagenarian protagonist makes a major historical dent in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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