"Yellow Glad Days" is a science fiction, political satire, the latest work by Sam Bellotto Jr., who is normally known as an author of crossword and cryptogram puzzle books. Bellotto's company, Crossdown, also develops word puzzle computer games and software as well as the puzzles themselves. He operates out of the top floor of his home on Akron Street. Crossdown has garnered the top "People's Choice Award" from the Educational Software Cooperative (ESC) four times between 1998 and 2004. It also won the top award in its category from the Shareware Industry Conference in 2004.Bellotto has been making puzzles professionally since 1979, when he broke into the business by placing his first sale with the Sunday New York Times Magazine under then crossword puzzle editor, the legendary Eugene T. Maleska. According to Bellotto, "You could say I started at the top."Today Bellotto contributes regularly to all the major crossword puzzle markets including Simon & Schuster, The New York Times, and Random House. He also does a weekly crossword feature for a number of high-profile newspapers and has authored several crossword puzzle books. And he is in great demand as a specialist in making topical crosswords, having done individual projects for Xerox, AttorneyYellowPages, and the University of Rochester, to name just a few. Simon & Schuster has called Bellotto one of the top ten constructors in the country. Bellotto's affection for word game puzzles and fondness for science fiction began when he was a high school student in Syracuse, New York, where he grew up. "I was one of those science whiz kids," he recalls, "building rockets, mixing chemicals and peering through microscopes." Bellotto attended Long Island University where he studied journalism, with a minor in music theory. After graduation he took courses in film studies at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.Currently, in addition to his regular crossword features and Internet-based word game software business, Bellotto is working on other puzzle books. He lives in Rochester, NY, in a modest two-bedroom house with his black labrador, Petra, and an impressive animated cartoon collection.
Yellow Glad Daysby Sam Bellotto Jr
The Moralist Party has taken over the political reins of the country. A powerful coalition of minorities is demanding they be allowed to move to Alabama and secede from the United States. Former inmates of Oklahoma Federal Penitentiary are believed to possess the Bomb. Awakening from a nine year alternate reality, Astin W. Wench discovers that nothing has changed.
The Moralist Party has taken over the political reins of the country. A powerful coalition of minorities is demanding they be allowed to move to Alabama and secede from the United States. Former inmates of Oklahoma Federal Penitentiary are believed to possess the Bomb. Awakening from a nine year alternate reality, Astin W. Wench discovers that nothing has changed. With his two best friends, he attempts to get to the bottom of everything, put the nation back to rights, and find a really good cup of coffee. Part science fiction, part political satire, "Yellow Glad Days" dissects the meaning of happiness in an illogical world.
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This intellectual, prose-cartoon, that might have grown out of some confusion between MAD magazine, speculative science fiction and Bellotto's weird mental contemplations about a near future North America, has spilled in a sort of semi-organised chaos into a very entertaining book. Medicated Yellow Glad Days are just around a future corner. This is a book for the college folks who never quite grow up, or never intend to grow up, to be really really serious people, well, except on work days of course. This is a romp through a futuristic politicised landscape, in the City of Bigapolis, which definitely isn't in Alabama. The would be hero, in a world that is content to be left alone, doesn't really know where he is going except that he wants to get there. What Astin does know is that he is against being tranquillised; probably! Isn't persuading everyone to get a fix, wrong or something? It could be, and anyway isn't a journalist meant to be a bit of a rebel. This book mainlines on satire, wades through cynical, is mockingly indeterministic and weaves through several levels of funny ironic. The reader might agree with Astin Wench, if only Astin knew where he was going. This is a fun book for glad days, by Gad, which takes a swipe at, well, everything really. Not to be taken with too many very serious pills. The book is dedicated to Xanax and Paxil, pharmaceutical twins that fight against general anxiety disorders. They seem to work. But that doesn't mean we all want the same blissful relief, even from a decaying society. One has taken the trouble to read this, so then, if one has time then why not read the book? Anyway, we need to make society better, and not just have everyone taking stuff to make society seem better. Or do we?