Author: Michael Blumlein
Publisher: PM Press/ Outspoken Authors
Page count: 128
Subjects: Science Fiction
The politics and terrors of biotech, human engineering, and brain science are given startling fictional form in a selection of short stories with Michael Blumlein’s signature mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and wicked humor.
The title piece, “Thoreau’s Microscope,” is a stunning mix of hypothesis and history, in which the author inhabits Thoreau’s last days to explore the politics of impersonal science and personal liberation—a journey as illuminating as it is disturbing.
On a lighter note, “Fidelity” coolly deconstructs adultery with the help of an exuberant tumor, a guinea pig, and a swimsuit. “Y(ou)r Q(ua)ntifi(e)d S(el)f” will reset your Fitbit and your personal goals as well. “Paul and Me” is a legendary love story writ extra-large; and in “Know How, Can Do” a female Frankenstein brings romance to life in the cold light of the lab.
“Blumlein has an exceptional vision, and he conveys it with exceptional talent.”
“Blindingly brilliant...Blumlein is beyond any genre...a genuinely great writer.”
—Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
“A wonderful and disturbing writer.”
“Offbeat and unpredictable...a talent that bears watching.”
—Joe Lansdale, creator of Hap and Leonard
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