By Mick FarrenNotwithstanding firmly ensconced in a futuristic international, Marlowe lives some time past of Nineteen Forties detectives, yet his myth existence assumes the tough fringe of truth whilst he is taking a case provided by means of a mysterious woman.
It's near-future the USA, carved up into specific company enclaves in which people with jobs are accredited to stay supplied they retain toeing the company line. past the towns are the badlands, domestic to the bad and huddled lots, the dispossessed and determined. And within the twilight quarter among the 2 lies Funtopia, a spot for these too shiny to be human scrap yet too unemployable to slot the company straitjacket.
within the region, you're given an allowance and accepted to 'leisure out', to keep on with no matter what myth way of life matches you. Marlowe, as befits his identify, is a myth 'Forties detective, taking part in at being a hardbitten shamus within the Hammett/Chandler mold, whilst all at once a true, real case drops into his lap. speedy the case turns deadly, and Marlowe is pressured to desert his fable lifestyles (and his cat) and set out on an odyssey around the ailing, decaying corpse of the USA, operating the gauntlet of company assassins, homicidal truckers and the Vampire cult. ultimately, simply while he thinks he can take not more, the case whisks him up into the wild new frontier of area exploration, the place he comes nose to nose with a daunting new energy truth, the offworld techno-elite.
'Exit Funtopia' overflows with cool topics – the nods to the Cyberpunk style, Farren's relentless 60's-radical cynicism over the intentions and practices of establishment capitalism, and notably the Vampires, inheritors of the Punk/Goth mantle yet 1000 instances extra wicked. Marlowe is a helpful addition to the lengthy line of Farren heroes – a hedonist jerked out of his delusion global, all too usually a hapless stooge of occasions yet with adequate gumption, swashbuckling bravado and, the place required, senseless violence, to cope with it. extra typically this novel, past due because it is available in the Farren ouvre, records the first actual part in Farren's Foundation-esque destiny heritage of Mankind: the techno-elites slip the surly bonds of Earth and leave for the celebs. fee Mars-The pink Planet, Phaid The Gambler, Protectorate and Their Master's conflict for additional episodes.
Funtopia: a great spot, yet eventually you want to depart.