By Mick Farren
Although firmly ensconced in a futuristic international, Marlowe lives long ago of Nineteen Forties detectives, yet his fable lifestyles assumes the not easy fringe of truth whilst he's taking a case provided via a mysterious woman.
It's near-future the USA, carved up into specific company enclaves in which people with jobs are authorized to stay supplied they preserve toeing the company line. past the towns are the badlands, domestic to the negative and huddled lots, the dispossessed and determined. And within the twilight region 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 sector, you're given an allowance and authorized to 'leisure out', to stick with 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 mold, while by surprise a true, actual case drops into his lap. speedy the case turns deadly, and Marlowe is pressured to desert his myth lifestyles (and his cat) and set out on an odyssey around the ill, decaying corpse of the USA, working 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 head to head with a daunting new energy fact, 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 in particular the Vampires, inheritors of the Punk/Goth mantle yet 1000 instances extra wicked. Marlowe is a useful addition to the lengthy line of Farren heroes – a hedonist jerked out of his fable global, all too frequently a hapless stooge of occasions yet with adequate gumption, swashbuckling bravado and, the place required, senseless violence, to take care of it. extra mostly 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 go away for the celebrities. fee Mars-The purple Planet, Phaid The Gambler, Protectorate and Their Master's conflict for additional episodes.
Funtopia: an excellent spot, yet in the end you need to depart.