Terminal Cafe

Terminal Cafe

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by Ian McDonald
     
 

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Ian McDonald's stimulating ideas and rich prose have won him a devoted readership on both sides of the Atlantic. Now comes his most provocative novel yet. Los Angeles is much like any other city; the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting more numerous, and the dead are working hard to pay off their resurrection debts, the cost of their immortality. Science…  See more details below

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Ian McDonald's stimulating ideas and rich prose have won him a devoted readership on both sides of the Atlantic. Now comes his most provocative novel yet. Los Angeles is much like any other city; the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting more numerous, and the dead are working hard to pay off their resurrection debts, the cost of their immortality. Science has finally conquered the last barrier to immortality, death itself, with the microscopic machines of nano-technology. Like any other city, Los Angeles has its Necroville or "City of the Dead," the segregated, walled ghetto where the dead sleep, eat and live, off-limits to living humans. Except tonight. Tonight is the Night of the Dead and anyone who is anyone will be in Necroville. Because this is the wildest party Los Angeles has ever seen. And as mysterious events and the Night of the Dead conspire, the fate of humanity soon hangs in the balance.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Definitions of life and death become blurred when technology makes it possible to ``resurrect'' the dead. ``Resurrected'' bodies are far superior to flesh and blood but, ironically, the act of dying changes one's status to legally dead. In legal limbo, the ``dead'' dwell in Necrovilles and must pay for the cost of their revival with years of service to the living. McDonald (The Broken Land) portrays this macabre future with a whirlwind of imagery and emotion that immediately pulls the reader in and won't let go until the last page. McDonald, who won the Philip K. Dick Award for King of Morning, Queen of Day, reveals the workings of his bizarre society through the exploits of five friends as they search for the meaning of life in the Necroville at Los Angeles on the Night of the Dead. Sorting through five points of view requires some patience, but it is well rewarded. In the best science fiction tradition, McDonald provokes reexamination of current societal standards through the prism of another time and place. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In the Los Angeles ghetto of Necroville, the yearly celebration of the Night of the Dead-where the dead are resurrected through the miracle of nanotechnology and live their second lives as noncitizens-becomes a journey of discovery and revelation for five individuals on the run from their pasts. With his customary flair for making the bizarre both credible and fascinating, McDonald (The Broken Land, LJ 8/92) tosses aside the line of demarcation between living and dead in a story that confronts the central quandary of human existence: the essence of nonbeing. Most libraries should own this title.
Carl Hays
When the nanotechnology revolution finally arrives, with molecule-sized devices working every wonder from neutralizing pollution to stalking and exterminating viruses, will human immortality come with it? In his latest, most brilliant novel, McDonald explores that possibility and its corollary, actual resurrection. In Necroville, just outside twenty-second-century L.A., the living as well as the normally segregated resurrected gather to celebrate the annual Night of the Dead. Five estranged friends meet in a fateful reunion at the Terminal Cafe--Toussaint, a rich man's son with bioengineered wings; Yo-Yo, a hotshot lawyer for a worldwide virtual reality network; Trinidad, a safari guide on modern-day dinosaur hunts; Camaguey, a dying nanotech sculptor; and Santiago, celebrated hallucinogen artist and this year's master of ceremonies. In a mind-bending, free-form story line involving the group's shared revelations and the dead's rebellion against the living, McDonald surrounds his characters with a dazzling display of high-tech inventions. Superlative, cutting-edge sf from one of the genre's best stylists.

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ISBN-13:
9780553572612
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/25/1995
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)

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