Synopses & Reviews
Las Vegas is considered a modern icon of excess. It offers every imaginable extreme of greed, pleasure, and despair, all supported by technology that enhances fantasy and allows residents and visitors alike to forget reality and responsibility. The authors of the fourteen stories in Dead Neon imagine Sin City in the near future, when excess has led to social, environmental, or economic collapse. Their stories range from futuristic casinos to the seared post-apocalyptic desert, from the struggle to survive in a repressive theocracy to the madness of living in a world where most life forms and all moral codes have vanished. Dead Neon explores the possible future of America by examining the near future of Las Vegas. The authors, all either Vegas-based or intimately familiar with the city, capture its unique rhythms and flavor and probe its potential for evoking the fullest range of the human spirit in settings of magic, horror, and despair.
"The 14 contributors to this insubstantial anthology, most of whom lack science fiction publishing credentials, bypass focused extrapolation in favor of satire, surrealism, and vaguely hinted catastrophes. The best of the lot is Chris Niles's 'Sin's Last Stand,' in which Las Vegas is finally overwhelmed by the tyranny of the religious right, sort of like The Handmaid's Tale condensed to 12 pages. Felicia Campbell's '4/18' destroys Vegas with a mysterious toxin that freezes gamblers, revelers, and debauchees in place forever. Vu Tran's 'Kubla Khan' is genuinely haunting, and there is even a parody of Harlan Ellison in C.J. Mosher's 'A Girl and Her Cat,' but longtime SF readers looking for a richness of ideas won't find it here. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
A fascinating sci-fi vision of America's most notorious city
About the Author
Todd James Pierce
is associate professor of English and creative writing at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a graduate of the MFA program at UC Irvine and the PhD program at Florida State University. Pierce is the author of several books, and his work has appeared in over 80 literary journals and magazines.
Jarret Keene has taught creative writing and literature courses at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has authored or edited several works about Las Vegas, and has published several poetry collections.