AN OUTRAGEOUSLY EXTRATERRESTRIAL LOOK AT THE HUMAN CONDITION
"Jody Scott knows that science fiction reaches the parts other fiction cannot reach. Like Philip K. Dick, she uses science fiction to question the meaning of reality and the nature of humanity- but saying that doesn't even hint at what a wild, original and outrageously funny writer she is."
When this sequel to Passing for Human and I, Vampire was written in the 1980s, it was rejected by all the major science fiction publishers who told Jody Scott it was “too far out” for commercial publication.
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Rysemian operatives are here to help us evolve. Or Else. But first they must defeat archfiend Scaulzo, worshiped as the Prince of Darkness across many galaxies, but can the devil ever really be tamed?
Freewheeling cadet Benaroya has a plan- so audacious it might just succeed.
Recruit Virginia Woolf’s lover, lesbian vampire Sterling O'Blivion; send her to the mothership for training and rehab by George Patton and Nancy Reagan.
Detail Abe Lincoln and Douglas MacArthur to the 1950's to unravel the Gordian knot of human history, master the nuances of being a "respected male leader," survive Scaulzo's Agony Organ horrorshow that hypnotically invades their thoughts, and avoid going native.
Tapdance America's child-sweetheart to superstardom as a Rysemian evangelist. ("'I come to you humans from across the void,' Shirley roared in pulpits everywhere— standing on a pile of books.”)
Spring the ultimate, high-stakes trap for the devil; Benaroya the bait, Earth's fate in the balance.
“Jody Scott is like a mad cabby who knows most of the streets in town and knows where the laughs are – get into her rig and she'll take you on a fast and furious spin through America's ideological terrain.” –Michael Shea
"The greatest employment of science fiction in the service of satire. The best unknown SF writer."
-Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine
This week, a review From Timeout, the arts & cultural magazine of London. First written in 1986, newly rediscovered.
Jody Scott knows that science fiction reaches the parts other fiction cannot reach. Like Philip K. Dick, she uses science fiction to question the meaning of reality and the nature of humanity- but saying that doesn't even hint at what a wild, original and outrageously funny writer she is.
The narrator of 'I, Vampire' is Sterling O'Blivion, a 700-year-old vampire working in a Chicago dance studio when alien anthropologist Benaroya , wearing a Virginia Woolf body, enlists her aid in a plan to cure humanity of its mass psychosis. Symptoms of this psychosis include wars, inflation, unemployment, boring novels and insurance: "If a species has "insurance" it is patently doomed. Only a toylike, salivating, pent-up bunch of gruntlings could have conceived of such a sociopathic type of gambling."
Fortunately for us, the willingness of just one person to stand up and say "Hey, wait a minute. Why are we acting like psychotics?" may be enough to set off a "self-propagating chain reaction of sanity."
'I, Vampire' is not only great good fun, it's better for you than Vitamin C, garlic or aerobic dancing. Read it: the reality you change may be your own.
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Jody had the extraordinary ability to talk to anyone, and no fear, no back off on doing so. A skill that came in very handy when it came to promoting her books.
In 1977 when PASSING FOR HUMAN was published, there were no personal computers, no smart phones, no social media, no internet. It was typed on a typewriter and submitted on paper.
If you wanted to do research you went to the library.
If you wanted to promote your recently published book you hit the pavement and talked to people directly, at conventions, bookstores, university panels and local daytime talk shows.
Jody did all of the above and more. When it came to direct, peer-to-peer promotion, of the kind we take for granted today on social media, her imagination was as wide-ranging and fearless as it was in her writing; she hired hot air balloons, an actor friend to dress up as a vampire and hand out fliers (for I, VAMPIRE, the sequel to PASSING), sent bookmarks to stores all across the country, made posters, brought books to conventions and sold them directly. All with a DIY, handmade aesthetic that managed to convey her trademark enthusiasm and humor, and sell books.