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Beneath the glare of three purple suns, three travelers - an old Mexican woman, an automated jeep, and a brontosaurus - have trudged across a desert for hundreds of years. They do not know if the desert has an end, and if it does, what they might find there. Sometimes they come across perfectly-preserved cities, but without a single inhabitant, and never a drop of rain. Worse still, they have no memory of their lives before the desert. Only at night, in dreams, do they recall ...
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The Troika

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Overview

Beneath the glare of three purple suns, three travelers - an old Mexican woman, an automated jeep, and a brontosaurus - have trudged across a desert for hundreds of years. They do not know if the desert has an end, and if it does, what they might find there. Sometimes they come across perfectly-preserved cities, but without a single inhabitant, and never a drop of rain. Worse still, they have no memory of their lives before the desert. Only at night, in dreams, do they recall fragments of their past identities.
But night also brings the madness of the sandstorms, which jolt them out of one body and into another in a game of metaphysical musical chairs. In their disorientation and dysfunction, they have killed each other dozens of times, but they cannot die. Where are they? How can they escape?
From this quest form, Stepan Chapman has fashioned a poignant and powerful story of redemption in which pathos is leavened by humor and pain is softened by comfort. It is the story of deranged angels, deadly music boxes, and cellular transformation. It is also the tale of Alex who wanted to be a machine, Naomi, who spent 20 years as a corpsicle, and Eva, who escaped the whale emperor of her native land. The novel alternates between the three characters' attempts to discover where they are with their search for identity through the dream stories which reveal their fragmented pasts. The Troika's satisfying conclusion brings closure to one of the most harrowing journeys ever into the heart of surrealism and the human soul.

This ebook edition includes revisions by Chapman and serves as the definitive version of his Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014629713
  • Publisher: Ministry of Whimsy Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 251
  • File size: 637 KB

Meet the Author

Stepan Chapman was born in 1951, and grew up in Glencoe, Illinois. After attending the University of Michigan, he lived in various towns and cities in Arizona, California and Oregon.
Chapman's early fiction appeared in Damon Knight's Orbit anthologies during the 1970s. His more recent short stories have been published in The Baffler, Chicago Review, Freezer Burn, Hawaii Review, Leviathan, Lies, Mississippi Mud, New Pathways, Sandbox, Wisconsin Review and Zyzzyva.
Since 1990, Chapman and his wife, Kia, have resided in Cottonwood, Arizona, near the Verde River. Stepan's works in progress include a short story collected titled Insects of Aphasia, and his second novel, Burger Creature.
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