Bob Bridges is a hybrid novel -- combining philosophy, science, and ecology with slapstic comedy -- that explores the tension between technology and spirituality with humor and verve.
Bob Bridges, computer programmer extraordinaire, has just been fired from his consulting job because of his Cassandra-like predictions of nuclear doom. That same evening, Cock, a philosophizing cockroach from the future, verifies Bob's apocalyptic vision. Convinced of humanity's impending demise, Bob agrees to return with Cock to the future where roaches now rule a radiation-soaked Earth. Once, there Bob is enlisted to solve a gripping mystery about the long-extinct humans, but at the peril of his own safety and sanity.
During his (mis)adventures -- which are punctuated with surreal memories of the world he left behind -- Bob and Cock discuss everything under the sun, including sunworshipping, the rise and fall of civilizations, the ecological devastation of the Earth, and why chocolate is the perfect food.
First time novelist Penny Perkins uses the Y2K computer problem and the approaching millennium as jumping off points for a rousing meditation on humanity's place in the cosmos.
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Penny Perkins was born in Vandalia, Illinois, and attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, receiving an honors degree in philosophy. She also holds a Masters in English from the State University of New York at Albany.
She has been a professional writer from more than 15 years, working in a variety of nonprofit agencies and holding several freelance positions.
Bob Bridges is her first novel. She is currently working on a second novel and a screenplay.Review:
"Bob Bridges is a delightful hybrid -- part fantasy, part comedy, part tragedy -- guaranteed to hook even those readers skeptical about all the Y2K warnings floating around out there. If this novel doesn't make you think long and hard about the approaching millennium, nothing will. A triumphant literary debut." -- Paula Martinac, author of Out of Time and Home Movies
...a fascinating hybrid that casts a long gaze both backward and forward in time. Part ecological thriller, part slapstick comedy, part philosophic debate, Bob Bridges has higher ambitions than your standard contemporary novel. Think Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance combined with The Planet of the Apes with more than a dash of Kafka and Plato thrown in, all stirred together by the humorous social satire of a Douglas Adams or Kurt Vonnegut. It all makes for a boisterous literary bouillabaisse, and Bob Bridges indeed serves up quite a heady stew. -- Lissa D'Aquanni, The Community Journal
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Book Description Chrome Deco Pr, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0967230403
Book Description Chrome Deco Pr, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0967230403