by Todd Wheeler

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Steve Quiroga is a teacher living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. When Steve loses his deferment from mandatory civil service, he is assigned to the largest landfill on earth. In Kansas.

Tamora Maddox is Director of the landfill known as Garbageland. Fueled by coffee and ambition, she has to handle belligerent unions, Congressional inquiries, and dangerous cargos. But something more sinister is afoot and she suspects her boss is involved.

Facing double crossing ex-lovers, secret agents, and exploding airships, they manage to avoid disaster and stay true to what they believe in most.

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BN ID: 2940014238939
Publisher: Mad Endeavor Books
Publication date: 03/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Todd Wheeler writes stories and books set in the near future which address how technology affects us and its humorous and absurd consequences. Many of his stories have been published online and in print anthologies.

A native of Massachusetts, he has a great love of interesting and historical library buildings and visits them as often as possible. Each year he runs a Virtual Summer Reading program to benefit library and literacy charities.

Additional information about Todd Wheeler and his writing can be found at

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Garbageland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant and believable commentary on the future of our society. Humorous and rellevant. An enjoyable read that holds rellevance to anyone and everyone!
Rick_Ochocki More than 1 year ago
This debut novel from Todd Wheeler heralds the arrival of a new creative star in the long-fiction universe. This e-published work of speculative fiction offers readers a delightful full-course banquet from a writer who previously whetted appetites with contest-winning short fiction in Writer's Digest and contributions to several topical anthologies. Wheeler is an alumnus of the Southern California Writers' Conference in Los Angeles. Garbageland presents the imaginative story of main character Esteban (Steve) Quiroga in a future America staggering through a "long economic plateau." As a result of his involuntary civil service assignment to the world's largest waste recovery facility, Steve learns first-hand the consequences of being an indifferent individual detached from larger society. He also uncovers a stunning confluence of personal greed, corporate malfeasance, and government corruption. The devolution of a democratic society where government is undermined by nakedly profit-motivated commercial interests would seem less likely to the modern reader if only the impacts of the "too big to fail" world banking crisis were not still echoing. The frequent mainstream media reports on SuperPac influence in the current presidential campaign might actually be seen as a precursor to Wheeler's dystopia. Springing organically from a tradition including Orwell, Bradbury, and Vonnegut, Wheeler skillfully deploys satiric humor around the issue of trash versus recycling to critique contemporary consumer consumption culture while still entertaining with a delightfully well-paced story. It is most appropriate that this work be released exclusively in digital format. When a major story question is just how much waste materials can be captured and repurposed on a planet daily carrying more inhabitants, a reader can feel a certain justifiable ecologic smugness in toting an entire novel that didn't destroy a single tree in making the electronic journey from virtual bookstore to e-reader. Finally, in the interest of full disclosure, I readily acknowledge that the writer of this novel and I have been friends since high school! On my honor, my unreserved recommendation ofGarbageland is based on the compelling characters and excellent story-delivered by a true craftsman.