Synopses & Reviews
The many literary gifts of longtime SF author Di Filippo (Neutrino Drag) shine brightly in these 17 stories most written between 2010 and 2013. Each is headed by Di Filippo’s brief explanation of the story’s significance to the vision of the genre he has been refining since 1977. The tender and poignant “Candle in a Chianti Bottle” affectionately recalls the “long lost romantic” beatnik spirit of 1950s–60s Greenwich Village coffeehouses. “A Pocketful of Faces” chillingly melds scientific extrapolation with sly noirish humor. A persevering cheeky teenage boy SF hero dominates the rollicking “Sweet Spots” a fulfillment of every adolescent dream of trumping adult authority with huge payoffs from relatively little effort. The title tale a steampunk story set in Venice captures an artist’s eternal tension between love and creativity. “Specter Bombing the Beer Goggles” and “The Mood Room” show just how effectively Di Filippo laces hard SF with excruciating ironies. This entertaining and thought provoking collection exhibits colorful linguistic style and often touching emotions and it will appeal to a broad cross section of readers. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."