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.
Now available in book form for the first time ever!
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
I like SF&F because it is speculative. It asks, 'What if....?'
What if what we believe to be 'immutable laws of reality' are in fact mutable?
What if alternate realities exist and reality is only an agreement? What if it's an implant? Are we capable of being more than we think?
When humans eventually become a space-faring species, what will we find out there? What might other civilizations and life forms look like?
How far is too far to imagine?
Oh sure plenty of SF&F writing is awful dreck, derivative and poorly written, but that's true of every category of writing (it's time than winnows out the chaff and leaves only the wheat), and the best speculative fiction is sublimely imaginative and thought-provoking. It can expand our notions of what is possible, and what we are.
It is said, "A civilization is only as great as its dreams, and its dream are dreamed by artists."
When a literary artist writes speculative fiction, those are lofty dream indeed!
Jody didn't think in terms of genres, but that "What If...?" fired her imagination and intellect, sent her considerable abilities to the wild and far-out horizons she explored in her novels. It's why she wrote what she wrote, and why a lot of it came to be classified as "speculative fiction."
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