By Mick Farren
Even though firmly ensconced in a futuristic international, Marlowe lives some time past of Forties detectives, yet his delusion existence assumes the challenging fringe of fact while he is taking a case provided via a mysterious woman.
It's near-future the USA, carved up into unique company enclaves in which people with jobs are approved to reside supplied they maintain toeing the company line. past the towns are the badlands, domestic to the negative and huddled plenty, the dispossessed and determined. And within the twilight quarter among the 2 lies Funtopia, a spot for these too vivid to be human scrap yet too unemployable to slot the company straitjacket.
within the region, you're given an allowance and approved to 'leisure out', to stick to no matter what fable way of life fits you. Marlowe, as befits his identify, is a delusion 'Forties detective, enjoying at being a hardbitten shamus within the Hammett/Chandler mildew, whilst by surprise a true, actual case drops into his lap. quick the case turns deadly, and Marlowe is pressured to desert his delusion existence (and his cat) and set out on an odyssey around the ill, decaying corpse of the USA, operating the gauntlet of company assassins, homicidal truckers and the Vampire cult. eventually, simply whilst he thinks he can take not more, the case whisks him up into the wild new frontier of house exploration, the place he comes nose to nose with a daunting new strength truth, the offworld techno-elite.
'Exit Funtopia' overflows with cool issues – the nods to the Cyberpunk style, Farren's relentless 60's-radical cynicism over the intentions and practices of firm capitalism, and exceptionally the Vampires, inheritors of the Punk/Goth mantle yet one thousand instances extra wicked. Marlowe is a precious 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 take care of it. extra as a rule this novel, past due because it is available in the Farren ouvre, files the first actual section in Farren's Foundation-esque destiny heritage of Mankind: the techno-elites slip the surly bonds of Earth and leave for the celebrities. fee Mars-The pink Planet, Phaid The Gambler, Protectorate and Their Master's conflict for additional episodes.
Funtopia: an excellent spot, yet in the end you need to go away.