by Shya Scanlon
The year is 2212, the weather is out of control, and Seattle is being rebuilt with electricity generated from negative human emotion. In a strange and turbulent world fueled by secrecy and voyeurism, a bored housewife named Helen vanishes, and Citizen Surveillant Maxwell Point, the man whose job it’s been to watch her, must recount the years leading up to her disappearance. As Helen is drawn back to the city on an increasingly absurd errand to find a man she once loved, Maxwell begins to suspect foul play. But is he so dependent on the very thing he’s trained to protect that it colors not only his judgment, but his grip on reality? In this novel inspired by the troubled relationship between an author and his craft, Shya Scanlon renders a surreal, dystopian world in which alternate motives are required and people must hide even from themselves—a world in which the only real freedom is powerlessness.
This here is Shya Scanlon. As evidenced by the photo, Shya’s monthly budget is such that he subsists chiefly on simple carbohydrates glazed in sugar. Despite this, he is still very skinny. We foresee tremendous things for Shya’s career as a writer, but it’s only just begun. And this is where you come in. Invest in Shya’s career by purchasing a share in his future; LAUNCH Shya, and for $____, you get a limited edition, hand-signed copy of his debut novel FORECAST. If you’re a Scanlon Superfan, SUPERLAUNCH gets you two limited edition, hand-signed copies and a personal letter from the author himself.
We were introduced to Shya via our participation in FORECAST 42, his web serialization of an earlier draft of the novel. We were immediately taken with Shya’s remarkable range as an author–his command over a style that spans the quick-witted satire of Forecast, to the precise realism of short stories like “Who Gets Which Nice Something,” which we published in our fiction anthology Not About Vampires. And we’re not the only ones that are excited; here’s what some others had to say about Shya’s fiction debut:
“Shya Scanlon’s brilliant first novel inhabits the skin of science fiction while setting off fireworks more extravagantly imagined and coolly displayed than those ever fired into the night air by any conventional SF novel..” —Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter, Koko, and Shadowland
“In Forecast, Scanlon invokes an absurd not-too-distant future that nonetheless seems altogether too believable and real. Tipping its hat to authors like Stacey Levine, China Miéville and Jonathan Lethem, Scanlon’s novel is part Science Fiction, part noir, part road narrative and part love story. A new and vital voice in fabulist fiction.” —Brian Evenson, author of Fugue State and Last Days
“Like the narrator of Shya Scanlon’s very funny and very frightening Forecast, we his readers, plunged into a world of dog-devouring clouds and hallucination-inducing Anti-Surveillance masks, become “both fever dreamer and the dream itself.” Carved with uncommon authority out of the mists of what’s almost surely to come, Forecast does double duty as herald of an important new literary voice on the U.S. scene and harbinger of some seriously foul weather we’ll all have to contend with.” —Laird Hunt, author of Ray of the Star
View the book-trailer for FORECAST here.
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-two signed copies of Forecast by Shya Scanlon, 1st edition, signed and hand-numbered
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