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Sewer, Gas & Electric is the exuberant follow-up to Matt Ruff's cult classic and critically acclaimed debut Fool on the Hill. High above Manhattan android and human steelworkers are constructing a new Tower of Babel for billionaire Harry Gant, as a monument to humanity's power to dream. In the festering sewers below a darker game is afoot: a Wall Street takeover artist has been murdered, and Gant's crusading ex-wife, Joan Fine, has been hired to find out why. The year is 2023, and Ayn Rand has been resurrected and bottled in a hurricane lamp to serve as Joan's assistant; an eco-terrorist named Philo Dufrense travels in a pink-and-green submarine designed by Howard Hughes; a Volkswagen Beetle is possessed by the spirit of Abbie Hoffman; Meisterbrau, a mutant great white shark, is running loose in the sewers beneath Times Square; and a one-armed 181-year-old Civil War veteran joins Joan and Ayn in their quest for the truth. All of whom, and many more besides, are caught up in a vast conspiracy involving Walt Disney, J. Edgar Hoover, and a mob of homicidal robots.


"A post-millennial spectacular — dizzyingly readable." Thomas Pynchon


"A turbocharged neo-Dickensian hot rod [with] plenty of intellectual horsepower." Neal Stephenson

About the Author

Matt Ruff is the author of the critically acclaimed Set This House in Order as well as two previous novels, Fool on the Hill and Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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zerode, June 7, 2012 (view all comments by zerode)
I'm reading this for perhaps the fourth or fifth time - it's such rollicking good fun. When you see what Thomas Pynchon and Neal Stephenson said about it, it's a wonder that this book isn't MUCH more widely known than it is. It really is brilliant: funny, political, satirical, witty, smart, bizarre. It often feels more magical realist to me - like Garcia Marquez's "100 Years..." or Mark Helprin's "Refiner's Fine" - the bit in the NY sewers most obviously - than science fiction. Some of the futuristic stuff is dated now, as happens more and more with SF - real developments in things like computers have vastly outstripped most authors' imagined scenarios. At times, though, it is disturbingly prescient: it has an airplane crashing into the Empire State Building to destroy it. Not so prescient: an end to AIDS in 1999. That probably seemed like a reasonable thing when the book was written - what a horrible situation that that prediction couldn't have been proven right or even out-paced.
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This book was a lot of fun.
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Product Details

Ruff, Matt
Science Fiction - General
FICTION / Literary
Fantasy fiction
New york (n.y.)
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Grove Press
Public Works Trilogy
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9 x 6 in 17 oz

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