Here’s the blurb for one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of next year,  Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Jeff is, of course, well known for his groundbreaking novel  Vurt published in 1993, (which was followed by a sequel,  Pollen , in 1995 and a prequel,  Nymphomation , in 1997) and this is surely going to be counted amongst his best works to date. Prepare to enter the world of Lujo, a city caught somewhere between reality and a dimension which may/may not be real…

“ Mappalujo  is a shared dream set in the twilight realm of Lujo, a city dominated by the surreal cartoons and artificially bred toy creatures of the Zeno Entertainment Company. Since the company’s founder died in mysterious circumstances, Zeno’s visions have become darker and even more sinister. An identity-altering drug is leaking onto the streets. For a few brilliant, flickering moments users are transformed into famous or infamous celebrities, only to find that the other side of fame lies in the gutter, or in death.

The novel follows a lowly salesman, an information gatherer, a private detective and a teenage psychic. Four stories, four people – each of them connected to the bizarre fate of Zeno, its bitter heir, and a hostile faery spirit named Mama Lujo.

Jeff Noon (born 1957 in Droylsden , Lancashire , England) is a novelist, short story writer and playwright whose works make use of word play and fantasy . Noon's speculative fiction books have ties to the works of writers such as Lewis Carroll and Jorge Luis Borges . Prior to his relocation in 2000 to Brighton , Noon set most of his stories in some version of his native city of Manchester .

Noon's first four novels, which share ongoing characters and settings, are commonly referred to as the 'Vurt series' (after the first novel). Although the fictional chronology leads from Automated Alice to Nymphomation to Vurt to Pollen , the books were originally published as Vurt (1993), Pollen (1995), Automated Alice (1996), and Nymphomation (1997). ( Automated Alice connects the series to the fictional world of Lewis Carroll ), serving as a 'trequel' [ sic ] to Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass )

Vurt tells the story of Scribble and his "gang" the Stash Riders as they search for his missing sister Desdemona. Vurt refers to a drug/shared alternate reality that is accessed by sucking on color-coded feathers. Through some (never explained) mechanism, the dreams, mythology, and imaginings of humanity achieved objective reality in the Vurt and became "real". The book won the 1994 Arthur C. Clarke Award . There is a Vurt film in the works, but as of the date of this writing, Jeff Noon has stated on his public website that "... all has gone silent at the moment. Don’t hold your breath." [ citation needed ]

Here’s the blurb for one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of next year,  Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Jeff is, of course, well known for his groundbreaking novel  Vurt published in 1993, (which was followed by a sequel,  Pollen , in 1995 and a prequel,  Nymphomation , in 1997) and this is surely going to be counted amongst his best works to date. Prepare to enter the world of Lujo, a city caught somewhere between reality and a dimension which may/may not be real…

“ Mappalujo  is a shared dream set in the twilight realm of Lujo, a city dominated by the surreal cartoons and artificially bred toy creatures of the Zeno Entertainment Company. Since the company’s founder died in mysterious circumstances, Zeno’s visions have become darker and even more sinister. An identity-altering drug is leaking onto the streets. For a few brilliant, flickering moments users are transformed into famous or infamous celebrities, only to find that the other side of fame lies in the gutter, or in death.

The novel follows a lowly salesman, an information gatherer, a private detective and a teenage psychic. Four stories, four people – each of them connected to the bizarre fate of Zeno, its bitter heir, and a hostile faery spirit named Mama Lujo.

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