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Publishers WeeklyStarting with a painting by Hugo-winning artist Wu, 22 writers, artists and poets take turns spinning ideas off of a previous contributor's work. The three "chains," which include such varied ideas as a pagoda full of adversarial Raquel Welches and a sorcerer who unknowingly creates a man out of a plum pit, are eventually (and unsatisfyingly) tied together with a story by editor Lake (Escapement) and artwork by Matt Taggart. Some pieces easily stand alone: Benjamin Rosenbaum's brilliant "Start the Clock" is set in a near future where a virus has trapped some people in prepubescent bodies, and Heather Shaw's "Elements" follows four adventurous college students who participate in a nature ritual that goes awry. Fans of surrealism and innovative speculative fiction will appreciate this fascinating and ambitious exploration of the "groupmind."
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