Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIf you think the 25th century sounds like a weird place to visit, imagine--or recall--San Francisco during the summer of 1967. When 21-year-old Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco teleports 500 years back in space-time to Haight-Ashbury in order to protect a teenage runaway from both Hippie drug dealers and cosmic demons (and thus preserve the future of all humanity), he learns more than he wants to know. Recycled premise and two-dimensional characters notwithstanding, Mason ( Arachne ) has created a quirky, psychedelic page-turner that walks a devilish line between social commentary and self-satire. Antimatter ghoulies are fought off with lyrics from the Youngbloods (``Come on, people now, smile on your brother . . . ''), while telespace (``the aggregated correlation of hundred million minds worldwide. A supernet, a hyper-reality'') is the 25th-century's unacknowledged LSD. The book is not for the technologically impaired. While cyber-junkies will have fun conquering Mason's invented jargon and heady concepts, other readers may struggle to keep up. Patience pays off, though, and Mason's extrapolations from currently existing theory and practice to future social and environmental conditions are so intriguing and plausible that only a real square would shrug them off. (June)
Library JournalSent from the 25th century to track down an individual crucial to the preservation of the timestream, time-traveler Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco (the character's full name) plunges headlong into the myth and mania of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury scene of 1967-the legendary ``summer of love.'' The author of Arachne (LJ 4/15/90) opens a window into the past in this masterful re-creation of time and place. Far future and recent past come together in a story that combines speculative science and historical accuracy. A priority purchase.
Carl HaysIn Mason's second novel, the media's recent love affair with the 1960s finally reaches its fictional apotheosis with an admiring backward look from 500 years hence. Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco is a twenty-fifth-century San Franciscan sent back to the 1967 Summer of Love to uncover the source of an anomalous information gap in his era's archives. Armed with high-tech sunscreen and other assorted protections against twentieth-century toxins, Chiron must locate and study a teenage runaway nicknamed Starbright, who may or may not be the axis for a series of inevitable historic events. Although trying to obey strict tenets of noninvolvement, Chiron slowly finds himself sympathizing with Starbright and the causes of her day, thereby risking not only his mission but the fate of his own time line. Mason faithfully re-creates the frenzied flavor of the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene while skillfully delineating believable and engaging characters. A unique blend of nostalgia and wry speculative fiction.
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