By Mick Farren
Although firmly ensconced in a futuristic global, Marlowe lives long ago of Forties detectives, yet his fable existence assumes the difficult fringe of truth whilst he's taking a case provided via a mysterious woman.
It's near-future the US, carved up into unique company enclaves in which people with jobs are authorized to reside supplied they preserve toeing the company line. past the towns are the badlands, domestic to the terrible and huddled plenty, the dispossessed and determined. And within the twilight area among the 2 lies Funtopia, a spot for these too vivid to be human scrap yet too unemployable to slot the company straitjacket.
within the region, you're given an allowance and approved to 'leisure out', to persist with no matter what myth way of life fits you. Marlowe, as befits his identify, is a myth 'Forties detective, taking part in at being a hardbitten shamus within the Hammett/Chandler mold, while without notice a true, actual case drops into his lap. speedy the case turns deadly, and Marlowe is pressured to desert his delusion existence (and his cat) and set out on an odyssey around the ailing, decaying corpse of the USA, operating the gauntlet of company assassins, homicidal truckers and the Vampire cult. ultimately, simply while he thinks he can take not more, the case whisks him up into the wild new frontier of area exploration, the place he comes head to head with a daunting new strength fact, the offworld techno-elite.
'Exit Funtopia' overflows with cool subject matters – the nods to the Cyberpunk style, Farren's relentless 60's-radical cynicism over the intentions and practices of establishment capitalism, and chiefly the Vampires, inheritors of the Punk/Goth mantle yet one thousand occasions extra wicked. Marlowe is a invaluable addition to the lengthy line of Farren heroes – a hedonist jerked out of his fable global, all too usually a hapless stooge of occasions yet with adequate gumption, swashbuckling bravado and, the place required, senseless violence, to focus on it. extra commonly this novel, past due because it is available in the Farren ouvre, records the first actual part in Farren's Foundation-esque destiny historical past of Mankind: the techno-elites slip the surly bonds of Earth and leave for the celebrities. cost Mars-The pink Planet, Phaid The Gambler, Protectorate and Their Master's battle for additional episodes.
Funtopia: an excellent spot, yet eventually you want to depart.
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