Steve Aylett is the acclaimed author of Slaughtermatic, Atom, Toxicology, The Crime Studio, Shamanspace, The Velocity Gospel, Dummyland, Bigot Hall, the Tao Te Jinx, The Inflatable Volunteer and Fain the Sorcerer.
Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.Jeff Lint was author of some of the most inventive Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century, with one if his contemporaries being Philip K. Dick an author we have championed on Lovereading. From Lint's days amongst the Beat movement to the belated success he had in the nineties Aylett writes a thoroughly absorbing account of a fascinating life.
True creativity, the making of a thing which has not been in the world previously, is originality by definition. But while many claim to crave originality, they feel an obscure revulsion when confronted with it. The really new is uncomfortable and disturbing. Repetition of the familiar is preferred. The hailing of old ideas as original lowers the standard for invention and robs most creative people of the drive to do anything interesting, let alone seek out the universe of originality which is waiting, drumming its fingers, wondering why nobody calls. This is a book for all those who care not for the fashionable simulacra of the media creative, but for an understanding of the hard road to true originality. Part manual, part history of ideas, part manifesto - this a unique experimental journey around the outer limits of our culture. It debunks myths, contradicts familiar shiboleths and wages war on cliche and platitude as it has never been waged before. A rallying cry and disruptive book for those bored with merely thinking outside the box.
'Savage talked about his life as a re-offender. How could someone be offended by the same thing twice? Was nothing learnt?'Beerlight, the city of all of our futures, is not a safe place. Weaponry, rather than fast cars or designer clothes, is the ultimate status symbol. The populace is dedicated to law-breaking, politically incorrect views and hurling abuse and hand grenades at each other.Combining elements of surrealism, film noir and punk rock ethos, Aylett creates a darkly comic landscape that's a cross between a Tarantino film and a Bosch painting, where murder is the ultimate expression of art.The cast of hoodlums includes burglar extraordinaire Billy Panacea, conman-cum-lawyer Harpoon Specter and other fun-loving felons who hang out at the Delayed Reaction Bar on Valentine Street reading the Parole Violators Bugle.
Set in the blood-drenched chaos of Beerlight, a blown circuit, where to kill a man was less a murder than a mannerism, Dante Cubit and his pill-popping sidekick, the Entropy Kid, waltz into First National Bank with some serious attitude and a couple of snub guns. Murderous, trigger-happy cops, led by the doughnut-chomping redneck police chief, arrive in force, firing indiscriminately into the crowd gathered outside. Surrender or capture is out of the question. Dante's beloved, the murderous assassin Rosa Control , packing a not-so-small arsenal , prowls the streets, trying to engineer her man's escape. Will Dante slip past the forces of corruption and disorder to join his Rosa? What happens next is a tangled mess of reality and virtual reality.