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Di Filippo, Paul.

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ISBN 10: 1568580320 / ISBN 13: 9781568580326
Published by 4 Walls 8 Windows., NY:, 1997
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Di Filippo. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23346

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Publisher: 4 Walls 8 Windows., NY:

Publication Date: 1997

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Edition: 1st edition.

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Ten funny, off-the-wall tales--examples of what the author calls his "trailer park science fiction"--reveal the real reason for the dinosaurs' disappearance and explain the appearance of a talking moosehead in Providence, Rhode Island. IP.


Paul Di Filippo is many things: author of The Steampunk Trilogy, Ribofunk, and Lost Pages; a two-time Nebula Award finalist; a leading practitioner of alternate history; one of the original steampunks; one of the original cyberpunks; and a modern master of satire. The 10 stories in Fractal Paisleys blend alternate history, hard SF, modern fantasy, noir-detective fiction, satire, and pop culture to varying degrees, creating what the author calls "trailer park science fiction," in which regular folks (middle-, working-, and nonworking-class) encounter great and terrible powers and technologies of human, alien, futuristic, and fantastic origin.

In "Do You Believe in Magic?", the ultimate self-absorbed, '60s-obsessed Baby Boomer emerges from his New York apartment for the first time in 20 years and finds himself an icon and a joke, and his city fire-bombed and theme-parked. In "Flying the Flannel," one of the few Di Filippo stories to feature a female protagonist, an unknown garage-rock group is part of a cosmic battle of the bands, in which the fate of Earth itself is at stake. In the terrifying "Earth Shoes" (possibly the most unusual Philip K. Dick-inspired story ever written), a quantum-uncertainty-infected mood ring gives successive characters the power to remake reality according to their own often unacknowledged and dangerous desires. The remaining stories are as inventive, witty, entertaining, and well-written, making this another high-caliber collection from Paul Di Filippo. --Cynthia Ward

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