The Birthday Problem

The Birthday Problem

by Caren Gussoff


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In the year 2060, the next plague has arrived. MaGo bots, the nanotechnology used for everything from fighting the common cold to radical life extension, have begun to malfunction, latching onto the brain's acetylcholine receptors to cause a permanent state of delirium.

The Birthday Problem follows four Seattle survivors: Chaaya Gopal Lee, great-granddaughter of the MaGo programmer, whom the pandemic turns into a killer; 40-something ex-rock star and pharmacy technician Greystone Toussaint, the "King of Seattle"; Alastair Gomez-Larsen, forced to become a blood-smuggler to treat his father's liver disease; and Didi VanNess, a lovesick former-WNBA center and CNA, who tries to win back her wife's heart against a backdrop of madness, death and 30 cats, all named Ira.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939056061
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
Publication date: 07/10/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Caren Gussoff�s fiction has been featured in anthologies and magazines such as Serpent�s Tail, Seal Press, Hadley Rille, Fantasy Magazine, Abyss & Apex, has earned her an Octavia E. Butler scholarship, a Village Voice �Writer on the Verge� nomination, an Elizabeth George award, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer �Geek of the Week,� and a Speculative Literature Foundation grant, among other things. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, SF artist Chris Sumption, her cats Molly Bloom and Paul Atreides, and some unnamed dust bunnies. She is everywhere online as �spitkitten.�

Gussoff is also the author of Homecoming (2000, High Risk Books) and The Wave and Other Stories (2003, Serpent�s Tail). The Birthday Problem is her second novel.

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DeValkyrie More than 1 year ago
The Birthday Problem is laden with subtle genius. A solid and believable base concept in a near-future dystopia. Rich interpersonal interaction and appropriately dispersed timelines with each character keeps you on your toes with this novel. Characters hail from different racial backgrounds, adding that much more texture to the story. Caren paints pictures of events from unusual angles and challenge perspective while deftly and in retrospect miraculously managing to keep the reader oriented on events and their sequence.