But the world still turns, and folks still have to get by with the hands they're dealt, folks such as:
Ptolemy "Popo" Bent: This gentle backwoods child has a genius I.Q.- and a soul so pure that officials want him locked up forever.
Folio Johnson: A hardboiled, cyber-augmented private eye who can see beneath the dark poetry of the metropolis, he will need an even greater edge than that to find out who's systematically murdering rich, young Nazis.
Fera Jones: She's the boxing Queen of the Ring who must still fight all comers to save her dad, preserve her identity, and protect the fans who believe in her.
Dr. Ivan Kismet: The world's richest man, Macrocode's CEO is a tycoon, tyrant, and messiah who is evidently more powerful than God. So it's too bad for everyone that Dr. Kismet is utterly insane.
Walter Mosley brings to life the celebs, working stiffs, leaders, victims, technocrats, crooks, oppressors, and revolutionaries who inhabit a glorious all-American nightmare that's just around the corner. Welcome to Futureland.
©2004 Walter Mosley; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Ably slinging the technobabble to explain the odd wonder-gadgets in his tales, and greasing them with plenty of 'oh-baby' sex, Mosley creates sf in which Shaft and Superfly would feel at home. Can ya dig it?" (Booklist)
"Nine science-fiction short stories of a high order....Richard Allen does an excellent job replicating various African American dialects and manages to inject a sense of excitement and anticipation." (Library Journal)
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
Mosley does for dystopic Sci-Fi what he did for period mystery novels: give it the Black American perspective lacking in most of the genre. The nine stories interweave into an entertaining, patchwork novel of sorts. I liked the more or less happy endings in many of the stories.
The reader does a fine job, too.
I've been out of Science Fiction for many years, but an Easy Rawlins fan for many years since then. Thought I'd give this a try. After the first few stories, I was tempted to abandon the book: too dark and dystopian. But I stuck with it, and so should you. Mosley, like all good SciFi authors, creates a unique and real world. In this case, a rather frightening one, but intriguing. His mind/machine/spirit concept is uplifting, for lack of a better word. His characters are real and compelling, as you would expect from the man who created Easy and his corner of the world. Readers who stay to the end will be rewarded by the return of earlier characters, an increasingly fuller explanation of the world, and the possibility of redemption. This book is well worth your time. I hope Mosley brings back some of the people that he created here.
I really enjoyed this story, which is a set of 9 short stories set in the same universe. The characters have real emotions and common motivations that drive the stories in a futuristic setting where the lines of personal identity and human rights get blurred. This story is similar to William Gibson's Neuromancer or Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash as it often deals with the underside of humanity, the people living on the fringe, trying to make their way in a technologically disadvantaged setting. However there is often a strong mixing of racial tension, radical feminism or class disparity that gives each story a unique feel from Gibson or Stephenson. Don't let this scare you away though, this is an excellent read with many thought provoking ideas as technology becomes more integrated into the main populace.
This is a series of short stories all tied together with some of the same characters popping up as we are taken forward into the future. This story is told from the perspective of African American's living a future where it is very rare to own more then a few personal possessions.
Corporations own almost all real property. Gifted children are taken from parents and sent to special schools where their gifts can be developed "for the good of society." Prisons are run by corporations that make their money by performing medical and psychological experiments on prisoners. Work is rationed out and the unemployed are banished to underground ghettos.
I am not a fan of stories that carry a "social message." I read and listen to books to be entertained, not lectured. The message carried all through out this book is that working people, even in the future, are still being held down and abused by rich people. If that is your cup of tea, this book is for you.
On the technical side, I found the narrator's heavy use of poor southern dialect and slang very hard to understand in the first part of the first short story. However, that got better after the first few minutes.
I think that the content of this book was uninteresting. I was expecting something a bit more futuristic and a lot less graphic.
No, I don't like his writing style.
No, I could barely understand what he was saying, it took too much concentration to listen.
Disappointment and horror.
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