Terminal Cafe

Terminal Cafe

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by Ian McDonald
     
 

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It is a few decades after a revolutionary technology has given humans the ability to resurrect the dead. The ever-increasing population of the risen dead is segregated into areas called necrovilles. Here they have created a wild culture, untouched by the restrictions of the law - except that the dead cannot stray into the realm of the living, nor the living into the… See more details below

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It is a few decades after a revolutionary technology has given humans the ability to resurrect the dead. The ever-increasing population of the risen dead is segregated into areas called necrovilles. Here they have created a wild culture, untouched by the restrictions of the law - except that the dead cannot stray into the realm of the living, nor the living into the teeming necrovilles, after nightfall. It is November 1, the Day of the Dead. Virtual artist Santiago Columbar, creator of drugs and 'ware that melt and reconfigure reality for his many disciples, has grown bored with the realities at his command. There is one reality he has yet to try, the culmination of his life as an artist: He will venture into the forbidden streets of the Saint John dead town, and there walk willingly into the open arms of death. At Santiago's invitation, four of his friends will meet in Saint John to record his death and resurrection. On their way to witness Santiago's transformation, as the necroville erupts into the first volley of a revolution against the living, each will face danger and adventure in the wild streets of the dead...and find that life has changed forever.

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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 - 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780553374162
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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