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In Paul Di Filippo's Fuzzy Dice, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, resulting in an irreverent romp through time and space that begins when a middle-aged bookstore clerk meets a creature from the future while eating his morning Egg McMuffin.
Paul Girard, a 45-year-old stuck in a dead-end job at an independent bookstore, looks at his life objectively for the first time -- and doesn't like what he sees. Having given up his literary aspirations long ago, he now miserably sells bestsellers "based on television shows, video games and trading cards. Half the bestselling authors had been dead for decades." When Girard meets a being from the future, a "cybershrub" named Hans, and receives a yo-yo (a cross-dimensional transport device) and a mysterious Richard Nixon Pez dispenser, the wild adventure begins. Powered by his yo-yo, Girard travels to the initial singularity before the Big Bang, a 1970s world inhabited by free-love hippies -- a realm created entirely from black-and-white children's TV shows -- and, finally, to the Omega Point at the end of time.
Fuzzy Dice is not only highly recommended for fans of fantastical fiction but also for anyone who has ever worked or spent time in a bookstore. Di Filippo's description of the wide variety of subject matter of new releases -- products created by "the evil forces of modern publishing" -- is absolutely priceless. Bizarre, sardonic, and surprisingly sentimental, this novel is classic Di Filippo. Paul Goat Allen