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Rogue Cells/Carbon Harbour (Chaos! Quincunx)by Garry Thomas Morse
Synopses & Reviews
Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series and presents two ironically dystopic visions of the speculative future.
In Rogue Cells, Oober Mann emerges from his cryobed on high alert in New Haudenosaunee, a "First" nation at war with the mysterious territory Nutella. It is a critical election year when citizens live in dread of celebrities who carry out terrorist actions in defense of their own fundamentalist belief systems. Mixed up in an assassination plot under investigation by ISM (Insurgent Saddo Management) and DNA-specialist cops, Mann begins to wonder about not only the nature of reality but also the new woman in his life, a femme fatale known only as The Librarian.
It is the Age of Aquarium in the speculative "green" dystopia of Carbon Harbour. Omni-magnate Cornelius Quartz is overseeing the merger between Bildung Endustries and Foreign Objects despite numerous distractions: a double wedding for himself and his daughter is imminent; he is about to lose his best promoter and lover to his rival Zirconium Bluff; and working conditions are terrible in the rehashing core and on the wind pharms for hardlucks. There bio-material is harvested to produce architecture, clothing, and other swag for a luxury class of hardcore gamers (they pay for "pollution fantasies" with carbon credits while on extended getaways to Putridworld).
Garry Thomas Morse is the author of six books, including Discovery Passages, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Morse is also recipient of the 2008 Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Artist.
A unique fusion of science fiction and surrealism—the poetic density of the prose is a hermeneutic test for adventurous readers.
Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series and present two ironically dystopic visions of the speculative future: a First” nation at war with the mysterious territory Nutella amid fundamentalist celebrity terrorism stemming from Shakespearian texts, and a green” world of aquaculture, bio-material, and grim labor conditions where hardcore gamers pay for pollution fantasies” with carbon credits.
About the Author
Garry Thomas Morse has had two books of poetry published by LINEbooks, Transversals for Orpheus (2006) and Streams (2007); one collection of fiction, Death in Vancouver (2009), published by Talonbooks; and two books of poetry published by Talonbooks, After Jack (2010) and Discovery Passages (2011), finalist for the Governor Generals Award for Poetry and finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
Grounded in the work of Arthur Rimbaud, Robert Desnos, Ezra Pound, Jack Spicer, Rainer Maria Rilke, and his Native oral traditions, his work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Branch Magazine, Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, CV2, dANDelion, EVENT Magazine, Filling Station, memewar, Poetry Is Dead, PRISM international, subTerrain, the quint, The Vancouver Review, and West Coast Line. Morse is the recipient of the 2008 City of Vancouver Mayors Arts Award for Emerging Artist and has twice been selected as runner-up for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
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