Las Vegas has long been considered the American icon of excess. It offers every imaginable extreme of greed, pleasure, and despair, all supported by technology that enhances fantasy and allows residents and visitors alike to forget reality and their human responsibilities. The fourteen stories in Dead Neon imagine Sin City in the near future, when overindulgence has led to social, environmental, or economic collapse, and technology can no longer reverse decay or chaos. The settings vary from futuristic casinos to the seared postapocalyptic desert, and the subjects vary from the struggle to survive in a repressive theocracy to the madness of living in a world where most life forms and all moral codes have vanished. The authors, all either Vegas-based or intimately familiar with the city, capture its unique rhythms and flavor and probe its potential for evoking the fullest expression of the human spirit in settings of magic, horror, and transcendence.
|Publisher:||University of Nevada Press|
|Series:||WEST WORD FICTION Series|
|Product dimensions:||2.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Todd James Pierce is associate professor of English and creative writing at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a graduate of the MFA program at UC Irvine and the PhD program at Florida State University. Pierce is the author of several books, and his work has appeared in over 80 literary journals and magazines.
Jarret Keene has taught creative writing and literature courses at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has authored or edited several works about Las Vegas, and has published several poetry collections.