It's a new millennium. Inflation and the company store 'Greenet' rule most of planet Earth. The boy Jem is undergoing an initiation rite to join the Savers, virtually the only people on the planet that have not fallen into the debt-ridden existence called 'Redshift.' To weather his rite of passage, Jem must walk several blocks into a redshift neighborhood of L.A. with a hundred-dollar bill, and return with both milk and change. Some things aren't as easy as they look ...
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Rod Clark is a life-long Wisconsin resident. A professional writer and media-consultant, he is also the editor of Rosebud, a national magazine for people who enjoy good writing.Review:
Rod Clark has one of the most unique voices I have ever encountered. I still quote some of his political insights years later. To have him write political science-fiction is both appropriate and intriguing.--Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo Award-winning writer, and former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Rod Clark's sci-fi satire of the economic and financial universe is more relevant than ever since the housing bubble crash and the emergence of the Great Recession, including even his independent invention of econophysics, which has become a real scientific discipline inspiring hosts of wonky traders, some of whom played key roles in the recent crashes. --John Barkley Rosser, Jr., mathematical economist and Professor of Economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, known for his advanced work in nonlinear economic dynamics.
Cambridge's CBR Press has just reissued the short, punchy and funny sci-fi micro-novel Redshift: Greenstreem by Cambridge resident Rod Clark. First published in 2000, it's an unapologetically geeky piece of futuristic sci-fi set in 2093 Los Angeles, in a world where what we quaintly refer to as 'the 99 percent' have been enslaved by debt and inflation. These consumer drones inhabit 'Redshift,' an area where their whimsical desires, fanned by a constant stream of advertising, can be transformed against their will into binding agreements to purchase. Redshift presents a satirically exaggerated dystopia, but one that pointedly resembles our own here and now. Wonky appendices hark back to other sci-fi classics like 1984 and A Clockwork Orange, but Redshift is more intent--if only slightly--on tickling your funnybone than giving you nightmares.--Stephanie Bedford, The Capital Times.
The book is being touted as a minor cult classic, and having just purchased and read a copy I can see why. It has much to say about the present economic crisis (about which it is highly prescient) and about the need for something like the Occupy Wall Street movement that is currently sweeping the nation. Say what you will about the merits of these occupations, the need for concern that they highlight over the wildly increasing gap between rich and poor both at home and abroad seems hard to seriously question. Maybe, by some creative mix of rhetoric and protest, we can still save our children and grandchildren from the ill fate prophesied in Clark's dystopian narrative. --Brett Alan Sanders, writer, literary translator (most recently of Passionate Nomads by MariÂa Rosa Lojo).
In Redshift: Greenstreem master wordsmith Rod Clark trains his sights on our acquisitive society, vividly imagining a fearsome future world. It s a fascinating read that leaves us with a rich feast for thought. --X.J. Kennedy, former poetry editor for The Paris Review, and the author of An Introduction to Poetry.
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