By Mick Farren
Even though firmly ensconced in a futuristic global, Marlowe lives some time past of Forties detectives, yet his myth existence assumes the difficult fringe of fact whilst he's taking a case provided through a mysterious woman.
It's near-future the US, carved up into unique company enclaves in which people with jobs are authorized to reside supplied they retain toeing the company line. past the towns are the badlands, domestic to the terrible and huddled plenty, the dispossessed and determined. And within the twilight quarter 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 quarter, you're given an allowance and accepted to 'leisure out', to persist with no matter what myth way of life matches you. Marlowe, as befits his identify, is a fable 'Forties detective, enjoying at being a hardbitten shamus within the Hammett/Chandler mold, while all at once a true, real case drops into his lap. quick the case turns deadly, and Marlowe is compelled to desert his delusion lifestyles (and his cat) and set out on an odyssey around the unwell, decaying corpse of the United States, 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 area exploration, the place he comes head to head with a daunting new strength fact, the offworld techno-elite.
'Exit Funtopia' overflows with cool subject matters – the nods to the Cyberpunk style, Farren's relentless 60's-radical cynicism over the intentions and practices of establishment capitalism, and exceptionally the Vampires, inheritors of the Punk/Goth mantle yet 1000 instances extra wicked. Marlowe is a beneficial addition to the lengthy line of Farren heroes – a hedonist jerked out of his myth global, all too frequently a hapless stooge of occasions yet with adequate gumption, swashbuckling bravado and, the place required, senseless violence, to cope with it. extra in most cases this novel, past due because it is available in the Farren ouvre, files the first actual part in Farren's Foundation-esque destiny heritage of Mankind: the techno-elites slip the surly bonds of Earth and go away for the celebs. payment Mars-The pink Planet, Phaid The Gambler, Protectorate and Their Master's struggle for additional episodes.
Funtopia: a great spot, yet in the end you'll want to go away.