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Cosmocopia by Paul Di Filippo

In the tradition of the Ace Double 2-in-1 books (flip one side over to read the other book), here's the 19th Wildside Double:

COSMOCOPIA: A SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL, by Paul Di Filippo. Frank Lazorg's gone mad! The dean of the fantasy art illustrators has reached his end: his creative powers have deserted him. Then a strange new drug promises to reinvigorate him, both as man and artist. But the substance soon results in madness, plunging Frank into a world inhabited by monstrous parodies of humanity. Yet this new dimension has its own delights, as Frank soon discovers when he meets the female alien called Crutchsump! A science fiction adventure of mind and body.

AFTER THE COLLAPSE: STORIES FROM GREENHOUSE EARTH, by Paul Di Filippo. From the swarming redoubts of the polar regions, where humanity huddles from the savage heat of Greenhouse Earth, to the dusty refugee camps of a shattered America, here are six riveting tales of life during the hard-luck times of a post-holocaust planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434435545
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 07/22/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 984,392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Paul Di Filippo (born October 29, 1954 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of Ribofunk, Fractal Paisleys, and The Steampunk Trilogy. He was a two-time finalist for the Nebula Award and a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He is also a regular reviewer for print magazines Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Interzone, and Nova Express, as well as online at Science Fiction Weekly. He is a member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop. Along with Michael Bishop, Di Filippo has published a series of novels under the pseudonym Philip Lawson.

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Cosmocopia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Urthwild More than 1 year ago
Erm – Okay! I could leave it right there. Present a story character acting impulsively and immorally for non sympathetic reasons in any story and for the most part the author will show them getting their comeuppance at some later juncture. Revenge of the reader, your average person’s moral compass expects this even subconsciously demands it in fact. Unless, of course, you are the reader who actually managed to graduate magna cum laude from psychopath school. If so you probably won’t give sznit. Personally that was my hook, and reader revenge was my mission. Do I get my desired revenge? Cosmocopia, this weird multi-layered, multi-universe novel touches the capitalised base of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Bizarro Consider the rich, successful and celebrated artist Frank Lazorg in his last days, recently having suffered a stroke, he can no longer paint, he is weak, weary and lonely. However, his arrogance, and his jealously of rival painter Rokesby Marrs are undiminished. Add in one unexpected gift from an old friend, with unforeseen restorative properties and his dream to finish that one last great masterpiece starts to grow. This is when the story really kicks in, and weirdness follows like some sort of mad LSD-like ride, but is it to purgatory, heaven or hell? The most likeable character that we come across in this mind bending universe has to be the utterly devoted and benevolent Crutchsump, who not only takes pity on the mournful alien monster from the Shulgin Mudflats, but deems it worthy enough to give up her own bed and sustenance to the creature. Crutchsump adds the solid emotional depth that pulls the story along. Crutchsump provides both the reader and the Mudflat monster that tiny bit of normality to cling to in this alien world. The last third of this story would have greatly benefited from just a little more detail, and a lot more adventure in my opinion and this is what lets the story down; the author introduces a significant new character in the final act and then gives him absolutely nothing to do but age. Poor Slug he really never got a chance to get up to much at all. The writing is highly stylised and may be alienating to some at first, but this is a story worth pursuing, especially if you are an old school science fiction fan. Even though it was possibly, probably written prior to The Steampunk Trilogy, which I reviewed back in August, it is by far the superior of the two publications, more of this and less of that please Mr Di Filippo. It appears to have several editions as per Goodreads. Did I get my desired revenge? The ultimate resolution was more than a little surprising, you certainly won’t see this one coming at all. Received from the publisher for an honest review on Darkness Beckons. Urthwild