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Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders in stock and shipping

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

One of the most lauded novellas we've released in some time, Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders, is now in stock and shipping.

Speaking of plaudits, here's a sampling from the reviews Charlie Jane's novella has received:

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Disaffected young-adult filmmakers who specialize in escapist stunt comedy are caught in a propaganda war in Anders’ sharp, absurdist novella… This gonzo vision of an apocalyptic America is a challenging mixture of both farce and tragedy; it makes its point about the influence and responsibility of the media in the weirdest possible way.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Hugo and Nebula winner Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) glances sideways at current political and social issues in this jittery, vigorous science fiction novella set in a near-future United States… At times hilarious, at times brutal, this is an extremely personal look at how one person tries to survive constant tragedy.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Anders' (All the Birds in the Sky, 2016, etc.) latest short work is an absurdist, apocalyptic fable… The emotional currents and thematic elements running through this story strongly resonate with today's sociopolitical milieu, even if our situation is not currently as dire—in particular, the tendency to try to continue with daily life even as catastrophe threatens, as well as the necessity of making art in the face of fierce opposition, feels topical. Rock's personality—easily distracted, always in motion despite being somewhat aimless—is both realistically uncomfortable to experience and sympathetic. An astute capsule of that moment of overload when you can't decide whether to laugh or cry.”

From Locus:

“When Kingsley Amis coined the very useful term ‘comic inferno’ back in 1959, he wasn’t thinking of Harold Lloyd comedies, and certainly couldn’t have imagined the sort of Jackass-style homemade movie stunts that are at the heart of Charlie Jane Anders’s novella Rock Manning Goes for Broke. But the term is a pretty useful description of the slapstick-in-the-face-of-apocalypse attitude of Anders’s characters… Amis’s idea of the comic inferno referred to the exaggerated satire of social trends in the work of authors like Frederik Pohl; in Anders’s manically entertaining version of it, satire gives way to slapstick, and the exaggerations, hilarious as they are, seem unnervingly unlike exaggerations at all.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

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