Ambient, Terraplane, Heathern, Elvissey, Random Acts of Senseless Violence -- five volumes of Womack's ground-breaking AMBIENT sequence. Going Going Gone is the stylish, surprising finale. 21st Century New York. Megacorporations rule, particularly Dryco -- symbol: a smiley face seen on everything. In reality, a murderously ruthless organisation bent on world domination, and they're almost there...
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Jack Womack was born in Kentucky in 1956. Having survived a Kafka-esque childhood, he travelled to New York, saw it with an outsider's eye and has never been the same since. In Womack's novels, New York is strange and unsettling, a city of joy and pain, horror and transcendence. Dubbed 'the coolest writer of his generation', Womack is the favourite author of William Gibson.From Publishers Weekly:
Futurist wunderkind Womack (Random Acts of Senseless Violence) concludes his heralded Ambient series with this intriguing, clever novel set in an alternate, semihistorical 1968. Some details are familiar: the Velvet Underground is playing small New York City clubs; hallucinogenic drugs are popular and potent. But a Republican, Henry Cabot Lodge, has been president for years, and all African-Americans in the country have been deported, forcing those with any black heritage to keep it disguised. Drifting through this alternate universe is Walter Bullitt, a drug experimenter who talks like a beatnik crossed with John Shaft: "I cooled on my slab till roostertime" translates roughly as "I slept until dawn." Bullitt takes on occasional blackbag operations for the government dosing unsuspecting citizens with drugs in order to observe the results but has second thoughts when he's asked to prevent the upstart Robert Kennedy from running in the presidential election. As he's mulling over the Kennedy job, things begin to get weird: he sees ghosts, he's invited to join a cult, and a bizarre pair of women hijack him for unknown purposes. In short order, Bullitt finds himself at the center of a time/space crisis that threatens to destroy at least two different worlds. Although his hero's vernacular may annoy some readers, Womack has crafted a fast-moving, hipper-than-hip science fiction novel meshing the exuberant wordplay of Anthony Burgess with the high-concept what-if history Philip Dick made famous with The Man in the High Castle. (Mar.) Forecast: This final, top-notch Ambient installment has the potential to generate considerable crossover appeal while satisfying old fans. Those in the know will correct anyone who tries to call this cyberpunk lit no "cyber" is involved but readers of William Gibson should gravitate toward Womack.
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Book Description Firebird Distributing, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006511058