Drew Magary The Postmortal

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The Postmortal

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Finalist for the Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke Awards
The gripping first novel by Drew Magary, Deadspin columnist, GQ correspondent, and author of The Hike
"An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer.The Postmortalis . . . even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse." Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
John Farrell is about to get "The Cure."
Old age can never kill him now.
The only problem is, everything else still can . . .
Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors. Witty, eerie, and full of humanity, The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying."

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Michael, a married man running a small business, accompanies a squabbling delegation of bishops to Africa as a lay volunteer. There an unsettling encounter with a hotel porter leads to a series of agonising moral dilemmas that compromise his faith, his work - and his marriage. Drew Pautz's "Love the Sinner" offers a remarkably fresh and painful take on our perpetual guilt in the face of poverty and brutality in the developing world. Intensely topical, it will inspire controversy and compassion in equal measure.

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"Drew Magary's haunting first novel imagines a postmodern dystopia that would seem far-fetched if it didn't seem so possible. "The Postmortal" will make you regret ever wondering, even secretly, what it would be like to live forever."
-Stefan Fatsis, author of "Word Freak" and "A Few Seconds of Panic"
"A darkly comic, totally gonzo, and effectively frightening population- bomb dystopia in the spirit of "Logan's Run, Soylent Green," and the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone.""
-Neal Pollack, author of "Alternadad" and "Stretch"
"A startling leap forward. "The Postmortal" is dark, funny, and terrifying. This book draws such a vivid, convincing picture of immortality that it, quite literally, made me want to die."
-Will Leitch, author of "Are We Winning?" and "God Save The Fan"
"As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, "The Postmortal" takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new p

"Magary has created a smartly realized vision of a planet that's hit the skids. . . . Magary is blogger for the sports sites Deadspin and Kissing Suzy Kolber, and the blog format serves him well in the early sections of the novel: It allows him to integrate newspaper articles that set the scene, and he gives [narrator John Farrell] an engaging, quick-witted voice."
-"Kirkus Reviews"
""The Postmortal" is a punchy, fast-paced and endearing story. . . . As the novel progresses, it turns from a snappy morality tale, to a noir- ish revenge fable, to an action movie; complete with guns, rogue religious cults and government-sanctioned hit men. The narrative comes to us through John's blog entries and collections of news bytes and pundit commentary. Through his sixty years as a 29-year-old, he experiences all the love, pain, grief, and terror of a standard lifetime and is still in good enough shape to kick some ass at the end. Like much good dystopian fiction, "The Postmortal" is

"It's nearly impossible not to read this smart speculative novel and imagine how your own little chunk of the world might fall to pieces given the chance to live forever."
-"Booklist"
"The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. . . . [Magary] understands that satire is most effective when it gives the real world a gently absurd nudge, then lets its characters react much as we ourselves might under the same circumstances."
-Ron Hogan, "Shelf Awareness"
"Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . A very clear-eyed picture, one I don't think has been drawn before. . . . "The Postmortal" surprised me in a good way."
-Michelle West, "Fantasy & Science Fiction" magazine
"Magary has created a smartly realized vision of a planet that's hit the sk

"The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. . . . [Magary] understands that satire is most effective when it gives the real world a gently absurd nudge, then lets its characters react much as we ourselves might under the same circumstances."---Ron Hogan, "Shelf Awareness"

"Magary''s vision of future technology and science is eerily realistic. . . . By the time you finish, you''ll want to hold your loved ones close and stockpile bottles of water. If all else fails, you could potentially make a living selling them a few decades from now."--"The New York Press"

"Magary's vision of future technology and science is eerily realistic. . . . By the time you finish, you'll want to hold your loved ones close and stockpile bottles of water. If all else fails, you could potentially make a living selling them a few decades from now."--"The New York Press"

"As someone who is totally freaked out by the thought of dying, "The Postmortal" really stood on top of me and peed on my face. It's depiction of the future isn't filled with crappy robots fighting Will Smith. It's filled with eerily realistic portrayals of what the future could look like and does it all in an incredibly entertaining story."---Justin Halpern, author of"Sh*t My Dad Says"

"An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer. This is his first novel but he tells the story masterfully. . . . The most frightening thing about "The Postmortal" is that this could really happen-it's not a supernatural story, but it's even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse."---Mark Frauenfelder, "BoingBoing"

""The Postmortal" is a punchy, fast-paced and endearing story. . . . As the novel progresses, it turns from a snappy morality tale, to a noir- ish revenge fable, to an action movie; complete with guns, rogue religious cults and government-sanctioned hit men. The narrative comes to us through John's blog entries and collections of news bytes and pundit commentary. Through his sixty years as a 29-year-old, he experiences all the love, pain, grief, and terror of a standard lifetime and is still in good enough shape to kick some ass at the end. Like much good dystopian fiction, "The Postmortal" is an at-times unflattering commentary on human beings, present, past and future, that hits the mark in many ways. . . . For anyone intrigued with Life Extension science, it's a fun examination of our fears and expectations."--"The Nervous Breakdown"

"Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . A very clear-eyed picture, one I don't think has been drawn before. . . . "The Postmortal" surprised me in a good way."---Michelle West, "Fantasy & Science Fiction" magazine

"A darkly comic, totally gonzo, and effectively frightening population- bomb dystopia in the spirit of "Logan's Run, Soylent Green," and the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone.""---Neal Pollack, author of"Alternadad" and "Stretch"

"As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, "The Postmortal" takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague--that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in "The Postmartal," he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable. Read "The Postmortal" if you want to find out what happened to the human race in our last violent and absurd few years in New York."---L. Jon Wertheim, coauthor of Scorecasting

"Unnerving. . . . An absorbing picture of dawning apocalypse. . . . A disturbing portrait of a society convinced it's close to utopia when a cure for aging is invented. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't take long for that seeming utopia to dissolve into a planet-overstressed from overpopulation, food and fuel shortages, and general lawlessness-going into systemic failure. . . . "The Postmortal" is a suitably chilling entry into the 'it's-the-end-of-the-world' canon."

"The Austin Chronicle"
"Magary's vision of future technology and science is eerily realistic. . . . By the time you finish, you'll want to hold your loved ones close and stockpile bottles of water. If all else fails, you could potentially make a living selling them a few decades from now."

"The New York Press"
"An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer. This is his first novel but he tells the story masterfully. . . . The most frightening thing about "The Postmortal" is that this could really happen-it's not a supernatural story, but it's even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse."

Mark Frauenfelder, "BoingBoing"
"The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. . . . [Magary] understands that satire is most effective when it gives the real world a gently absurd nudge, then lets its characters react much as we ourselves might under the same circumstances."

Ron Hogan, "Shelf Awareness"
"Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . A very clear-eyed picture, one I don't think has been drawn before. . . . "The Postmortal" surprised me in a good way."

Michelle West, "Fantasy & Science Fiction" magazine
""The Postmortal" is a punchy, fast-paced and endearing story. . . . As the novel progresses, it turns from a snappy morality tale, to a noir- ish revenge fable, to an action movie; complete with guns, rogue religious cults and government-sanctioned hit men. The narrative comes to us through John's blog entries and collections of news bytes and pundit commentary. Through his sixty years as a 29-year-old, he experiences all the love, pain, grief, and terror of a standard lifetime and is still in good enough shape to kick some ass at the end. Like much good dystopian fiction, "The Postmortal" is an at-times unflattering commentary on human beings, present, past and future, that hits the mark in many ways. . . . For anyone intrigued with Life Extension science, it's a fun examination of our fears and expectations."

"The Nervous Breakdown"
"A darkly comic, totally gonzo, and effectively frightening population- bomb dystopia in the spirit of "Logan's Run, Soylent Green," and the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone.""

Neal Pollack, author of "Alternadad" and "Stretch"
"As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, "The Postmortal" takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague--that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in "The Postmortal," he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable. Read "The Postmorta"l if you want to find out what happened to the human race in our last violent and absurd few years in New York."

Evan Wright, author of "Generation Kill"
As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, "The Postmortal" takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in "The Postmortal," he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable. Read "The Postmortal" if you want to find out what happened to the human race in our last violent and absurd few years in New York.

L. Jon Wertheim, coauthor of Scorecasting
"As someone who is totally freaked out by the thought of dying, "The Postmortal" really stood on top of me and peed on my face. It's depiction of the future isn't filled with crappy robots fighting Will Smith. It's filled with eerily realistic portrayals of what the future could look like and does it all in an incredibly entertaining story."

Justin Halpern, author of "Sh*t My Dad Says""

Unnerving. . . . An absorbing picture of dawning apocalypse. . . . A disturbing portrait of a society convinced it s close to utopia when a cure for aging is invented. Unsurprisingly, it doesn t take long for that seeming utopia to dissolve into a planet-overstressed from overpopulation, food and fuel shortages, and general lawlessness-going into systemic failure. . . . The Postmortal is a suitably chilling entry into the it's-the-end-of-the-world canon.
The Austin Chronicle
Magary s vision of future technology and science is eerily realistic. . . . By the time you finish, you ll want to hold your loved ones close and stockpile bottles of water. If all else fails, you could potentially make a living selling them a few decades from now.
The New York Press
An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer. This is his first novel but he tells the story masterfully. . . . The most frightening thing about The Postmortal is that this could really happen-it s not a supernatural story, but it s even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse.
Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. . . . [Magary] understands that satire is most effective when it gives the real world a gently absurd nudge, then lets its characters react much as we ourselves might under the same circumstances.
Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness
Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . A very clear-eyed picture, one I don t think has been drawn before. . . . The Postmortal surprised me in a good way.
Michelle West, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine
The Postmortal is a punchy, fast-paced and endearing story. . . . As the novel progresses, it turns from a snappy morality tale, to a noir-ish revenge fable, to an action movie; complete with guns, rogue religious cults and government-sanctioned hit men. The narrative comes to us through John s blog entries and collections of news bytes and pundit commentary. Through his sixty years as a 29-year-old, he experiences all the love, pain, grief, and terror of a standard lifetime and is still in good enough shape to kick some ass at the end. Like much good dystopian fiction, The Postmortal is an at-times unflattering commentary on human beings, present, past and future, that hits the mark in many ways. . . . For anyone intrigued with Life Extension science, it's a fun examination of our fears and expectations.
The Nervous Breakdown
A darkly comic, totally gonzo, and effectively frightening population-bomb dystopia in the spirit of Logan s Run, Soylent Green, and the best episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad and Stretch
As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, The Postmortal takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague--that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in The Postmortal, he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable. Read The Postmortal if you want to find out what happened to the human race in our last violent and absurd few years in New York.
Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill
I suppose you could wait for the inevitable Postmortal movie. But then you might miss Magary s rendering, his word play, his singular sense of humor. A book that is, at once bracingly funny and get this, Deadspin Nation unmistakably poignant.
L. Jon Wertheim, coauthor of Scorecasting
As someone who is totally freaked out by the thought of dying, The Postmortal really stood on top of me and peed on my face. It s depiction of the future isn t filled with crappy robots fighting Will Smith. It s filled with eerily realistic portrayals of what the future could look like and does it all in an incredibly entertaining story.
Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says"

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