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Richard Kaempfer. $EVERANCE
A scathing satire about mainstream
broadcast media, an insider’s insight into
just how the political parties have
managed to convert broadcasting into a
partisan screech-fest, and a spotlight on
who, what, and why really runs the media.
David A. Brensilver. ExecTV
Fast-forwarding reality TV to its logical
extreme, an unemployed documentary
filmmaker extraordinaire arranges to have
an execution broadcast live on pay-per-view
television, in as flamboyant a form as his
bizarre vision can conjure to amuse the
Christopher Largen. JUNK
A riotous exploration of prohibition
policies, told through the narrative lens of
a future America in which the government
outlaws junk food in response to
Scott Stein. MEAN MARTIN MANNING
Can a grumpy old man, who hasn’t left his
apartment in 30 years and just wants to be
left alone, stand up to a relentlessly well-
meaning social worker and her enforcers? He
can. But to win this epic battle of wills, he’ll
need to call on a lifetime of stubbornness
and downright meanness, a patience rarely
seen, and more than a little luck.
Andrew Thomas Breslin. MOTHER’S MILK
A young, skeptical attorney finds herself in
Washington, DC, working for a group of
nutrition advocates with a passionate
distaste for cow milk. Little does she
suspect that their militant intolerance for
lactose is a reaction to a global conspiracy
orchestrated by the dairy industry, itself a
puppet of alien masters from a distant
planet orbiting the star Vega.
In times like these, it is difficult not to write satire.
If Franz Kafka were funny, if, while down at his
local pub in Prague, he had fired off one witty,
sarcastic rejoinder after another about the
absurdity of the world, then he would have
written a novel like Scott Stein’s Mean Martin
— Edward Pettit, Philadelphia City Paper
Craig Forgrave. DEVIL JAZZ
How would mankind react to an alien
named Armageddon suddenly stepping
into the media spotlight and offering the
world a new explanation of the origins of
civilization? In New York, in the 21st
century, things can go either way.
Andrew Hook. MOON BEAVER
A comic romp about big business, the cult
of individuality, and the teasing quality of
time, this is an adventure story for those
who hate adventure stories.
Sarah Crabtree. TERROR FROM BEYOND
Small-town temp saves the world in this
tale about friends, lovers, dysfunctional
families, GMO, and all kinds of weird stuff
that nobody expects to stumble across in a
prim and proper English town.
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love
you. But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
— Don Marquis
The Alphabet Challenge combines humor, potent
social satire, and a very creative history of the
U.S.A. over the next fifty years to create a
politically-charged, clever and hard-to-put-
— The Catalyst
Olga Gardner Galvin. THE ALPHABET
A satirical dystopia about the big business
of organized professional compassion,
which has too much caring to do to care
much for the amateur individualists
traipsing all over its turf.
Mark Mandell. DIARY OF A XX-
CENTURY ELIZABETHAN POET
An illustrated comedy of
manners about a naive,
pompous young poet who
experiences a culture shock
upon falling in love with a fair,
albeit slightly worn-out,
maiden from a South Florida
trailer park. NC-17
Mark A. Rayner. THE AMADEUS NET
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is alive and in
love, living in the world’s first sentient city,
Ipolis. Lucky for both of them, nobody
knows, but how long can it stay that way?
Doug Reed. HALF
If you’re immortal, when is the right time
to have your midlife crisis? Phil Half, a
vampire, works a soul-sucking second-
shift job watching the servers for an
insurance company. As humiliation piles
upon humiliation, he finds his long-
dormant vampire urges reawakening.
Michael Antman. CHERRY WHIP
An eccentric young Japanese jazz artist,
obsessed with new sensations and new
experiences, arrives for a career-making
gig in New York City, where his quirky
adventures are abruptly overshadowed by
illness, guilt, and betrayal.
Walt Maguire. MONKEY SEE
When asthma research accidentally leads
to creation of talking animals, Man must
finally confront the question avoided for
centuries: How will this affect dinner
parties? Ed the Talking Monkey is stuck
between two worlds, with only one good
pair of pants, living in a world he never
made. Who isn’t?
Jeffrey R. DeRego. ESCAPE CLAUSE
Think having superpowers would be cool?
Think again. Strict legal guidelines must
be followed to the letter, public opinion
molded by PR campaigns in glossy, serial
form, and you’ll never get any thanks. The
Union of Superhumans has everything
under control. Almost everything.
The world is a comedy to those that think; a
tragedy to those that feel.
— Horace Walpole
Liam Bracken. EXIT ONLY
A suspenseful, multihued novel of Saudi
Arabia as it’s seen through the eyes of
expatriates of various origins and social
standings who have one thing in common:
they are all leaving it forever, on the same
plane hurtling toward its destiny.
Justin Bryant. SEASON OF ASH
South Africa, 1994: A country caught
between its violent past and its hopes for
the future, between the beauty of its
wildlife and the squalor of its shantytowns.
This simple human tale ponders the
unpredictability of ways in which history
can alter lives — and of the roads that
David Gurevich. VODKA FOR BREAKFAST
A saga of love, friendship, life, drugs, and
opportunities almost lost on an ex-KGB
company man who leads a seemingly
decent immigrant’s life of quiet
desperation in New York.
Ray Cavanaugh. DEAR MR.
Trying to make sense out of life
in the cultural wasteland of
and materialism, a precocious
college student writes letters
to Ted Kaczynski, whom he
sees as the most compelling
counterpoint to the frenzy of
online dating, cyber-chats,
Internet porn, and futile
Yevgheniy Zamyatin. WE
The first dystopia ever, it started asking
uncomfortable questions about
individuals, collectives, revolutions,
progress — and the collectives’ rights to
individuals’ souls in the name of
revolutions and progress.
I have always been fascinated with those who try to look
over the horizon and see things that are coming at us.
— Al Gore
Despite the sinister nature of its title, Dear Mr.
Unabomber is the funniest book that I have
read in many years.
— Connell Gallagher, The Irish Emigrant
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