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The Last Harborby George Foy
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Dreams can set you free — or imprison you forever....
The acclaimed author of The Shift and Contraband delivers a brilliant new novel set in an edgy future where nothing is more dangerous than a dream....
Slocum had it all: the perfect family, the perfect home, and the perfect job with X-Corp Multimedia — a major producer of interactive virtual-reality entertainment. In a world divided between protected enclaves of luxury and blighted, decaying landscapes, the ubiquitous 3-D telecasts over the Flash hold millions in thrall with their packaged, programmed dreams.
Once Slocum helped devise those dreams, until his career at X-Corp self-destructed and with it his marriage. Now his world has shrunk to a tiny sloop berthed in the dingy harbor of a dying New England seafaring town, where the main attraction is a virtual-whaling theme park. In his solitary cabin he studies the legendary Smuggler's Bible and dreams of sailing off to a life of freedom.
Then an enormous ocean liner docks beside him in the harbor: a floating palace of glittering wealth and mystery, with a single enigmatic passenger, a woman who restlessly walks the decks as if unable to leave the ship. For Slocum — rejected by his wife and daughter, hounded by his vengeful employers, harassed by the town police, his credit cut off, his funds running out — the alluring woman soon becomes his sole hope of escape. Only by learning her terrifying secret can he free her from her gilded captivity ... and realize his own dreams — which, in a world of mass-produced fantasy, is the most forbidden pursuit of all.
George Foy's evocative literary prose and beautifully surreal novels have garnered him international praise and earned him a sterling reputation in the field of science fiction. Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for The Shift, and recipient of an NEA0 fellowship, Foy is emerging as one of the most important talents in the genre.
Trapped in the wake of a world that has left him behind, Slocum, former software engineer and rider on the tech wave, finds himself both literally and figuratively adrift. His job gone, his wife and child now living across the harbor with a leader of the Hawkleyite underground, Slocum wants to find the Mechanic and repair his wounded sloop so that he can sail free of the harbor and of the past that haunts him. But things do not work out quite as planned, and soon Slocum finds himself part of something much larger and even more terrifying than the battle within himself.
About the Author
One of today's most distinguished science fiction writers, George Foy is the author of five acclaimed thrillers and two well-received literary novels. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for 1994-95.
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