Synopses & Reviews
In this rollicking send-up of traditional science fiction, Earth Studies professor Norvex 7 from the planet Zeeron decides to increase his university status by visiting Earth accompanied by Veeba 22, a chic hairdresser of the highest social order. Mistaken for evil villains and harmless frauds instead of the fabulous celebrities they are, Norvex ends up in San Francisco where all hell breaks loose when he crosses paths with the adolescent agony of Chester Julian, a gay Goth teenager acne. Part Jacqueline Susann romantasy, part cheesy Lost In Space episode, this gay comedy will delight any fan of pop culture literature.
A cross between Star Trek and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Orloff's debut novel imagines first contact with an alien race known for its benevolence and its outrageously good fashion sense. The result is a thoroughly original genre of fictionAqueer sci-fi social commentary. Told in alternating first-person narratives, the novel traces the journeys of two smart and sassy misfits, born worlds apart. Here on Earth, Chester Julian, an out-of-the-closet queer goth high-school senior, is battling teenage homophobes and the banality of suburban culture. Meanwhile, on the campy planet Zeeron (where all the most powerful people are hairdressers), an Earth Studies scholar named Norvex 7 is fighting to prove that Earthlings aren't as unevolved (that is, unfashionable and humorless) as his colleagues think. Orloff (a UC-Berkeley grad student, a writer and a DJAall of which shows) tells the story of Norvex's journey to Earth and Chester's journey into adulthood skillfully, through insightful, lively prose and believable, adorable characters. Along the way, he delivers depictions of teenage subcultures, San Francisco's gay pick-up scene and American sitcoms that rival even the best nongenre literary social commentary. Meanwhile, his intricate, invented Zeeron culture demonstrates the untapped queer possibilities lurking in SF. Despite a predictable plotAin the end, Norvex 7 and Chester meet, fall in love and marryAthis novel is a delight. (Aug.) Publishers Weekly
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In this rollicking send-up of traditional sci-fi, Earth Studies professor Norvex 7 from the planet Zeeron decides to visit Earth