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Titre : TERRAPLANE
Éditeur : Weidenfeld & Nicolson ., New York
Date d'édition : 1988
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Brief signed inscription by Womack to "Bruce" on front free endpaper. Womack's second novel and the second book in the Dryco sequence, preceded by AMBIENT (1987). TERRAPLANE is set in the alternate or parallel past of the 1930s, an alternate realm in which Churchill and Roosevelt have died, Stalin has been assassinated, and Hitler wins. No matter how bad the world of Dryco gets, this alternate universe dominated by Nazis and right-wing racists is worse. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#93833). N° de réf. du libraire 93833
Synopsis : Terraplane, the second in Jack Womack's acclaimed Ambient series, is a vision of alternate reality -- New York in 1939, as experienced by travelers from the twenty-first century. Retired general-turned-corporate-spy Luther Biggerstaff and his hit man Jake are on a covert mission to kidnap Soviet superscientist Alekhine for their boss, the head of the multinational corporation Dryco. But Alekhine has disappeared, and they must be content with his genius assistant Oktobriana and a device he left behind -- which catapults them headlong into the past. But this 1939 is different -- slavery was not abolished until 1907, F.D.R. has been assassinated, and the Great Depression has cut even deeper; Churchill has died in a street accident, and the world is at Hitler's mercy. The only hope Luther and Jake have of getting home again depends on an unlikely conjunction of the New York World's Fair, the blues tunes of Robert Johnson, and the avant-garde physics of Nikola Tesla. Terraplane is a surreal, darkly comic, and gripping journey into the twilight zone of history gone mad.
Quatrième de couverture: Terraplane, the second novel in Jack Womack's acclaimed Ambient series, is a vision of an alternate reality-New York, 1939, as experienced by travelers from the twenty-first century. Retired general Luther Biggerstaff and his hit man Jake are on a covert mission to kidnap Soviet superscientist Alekhine for the multinational Dryco. But Alekhine has disappeared, leaving behind a device that catapults them headlong into the past. And this 1939 is different-F.D.R. has been assassinated; the Great Depression has cut even deeper; Churchill died in a street accident; and the world is at Hitler's mercy. The only hope Luther and Jake have of getting home again depends on an unlikely conjunction of the New York World's Fair, the blues of Robert Johnson, and the avant-garde physics of Nikola Tesla. Terraplane is a surreal and darkly comic journey into the twilight zone of history gone mad.
"Womack . . . performs feats of brilliance on many levels. . . . He succeeds in balancing blistering social commentary with shrewd literary experimentation. . . . Flecked with black humor, this is speculative fiction at its eerie best."-Entertainment Weekly
"Droll and disturbing . . . Womack ingeniously plays with history to create a cat's cradle of a narrative . . . [which] quickly takes off into imaginative hyperspace."-Publishers Weekly
"An information-dense, battering-ram English . . . that evokes and commands constant action. . . . Look for sequels. They will be loud and feral, and they'll fizz."-The Washington Post Book World
Jack Womack is also the author of Ambient, Heathern, i-which won the Philip K. Dick Award-Random Acts of Senseless Violence, and Let's Put the Future Behind Us. His short fiction has appeared in Omni as well as in various anthologies. He lives in New York City.
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