A tale set in a near-future dystopian world fraught by celebrity worship, reckless foreign policy, and invasive government surveillance finds oblivious party animal Eliot struggling with his evangelical Christian father's efforts to breed red heifers in order to prepare for the Rapture, a failing doctoral dissertation on the intellectual property issues of Elvis impersonation, and an evil doppelgänger. Original.
In this boisterous vision of a future which is not far off, in either time or conceit, the Internet is now the "mediasphere," an all-access, omnipresent observatory which allows everyone to know each other's secrets. But don't worry if you sinfully sully your good name, because there are plenty more identities available to the highest bidder. Eliot Vanderthorpe Jr. is the celebrated and constantly inebriated son of the man who runs the mediasphere. When Eliot's disgruntled dad officially starts the bidding for a new heir, Junior must travel to the "Occupied Zone" of California in search of an obscure citizen who shares his moniker in order to thwart his father's evil scheme. Debut novelist Lee Konstantinou brilliantly extends our Twitter-addicted, Google-driven culture to its logical and fast-approaching end point.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Politics, Humorous Fiction, Human Qualities + Behavior, Family + Friendship, Types of Characters, Science + Technology, Science Fiction + Fantasy
- May 1, 2009
- May 1, 2009
- Lee Konstantinou