By Mick Farren
Even though firmly ensconced in a futuristic international, Marlowe lives some time past of Forties detectives, yet his delusion existence assumes the not easy fringe of truth while he is taking a case provided by way of a mysterious woman.
It's near-future the USA, carved up into particular company enclaves in which people with jobs are accredited to reside supplied they maintain toeing the company line. past the towns are the badlands, domestic to the bad and huddled lots, the dispossessed and determined. And within the twilight area among the 2 lies Funtopia, a spot for these too vibrant to be human scrap yet too unemployable to slot the company straitjacket.
within the area, you're given an allowance and approved to 'leisure out', to stick with no matter what delusion way of life matches you. Marlowe, as befits his identify, is a myth 'Forties detective, taking part in at being a hardbitten shamus within the Hammett/Chandler mildew, whilst abruptly a true, actual case drops into his lap. fast the case turns deadly, and Marlowe is compelled to desert his myth lifestyles (and his cat) and set out on an odyssey around the ill, decaying corpse of the United States, working the gauntlet of company assassins, homicidal truckers and the Vampire cult. ultimately, simply whilst he thinks he can take not more, the case whisks him up into the wild new frontier of area exploration, the place he comes head to head with a daunting new energy fact, the offworld techno-elite.
'Exit Funtopia' overflows with cool topics – the nods to the Cyberpunk style, Farren's relentless 60's-radical cynicism over the intentions and practices of establishment capitalism, and particularly the Vampires, inheritors of the Punk/Goth mantle yet 1000 occasions extra wicked. Marlowe is a invaluable addition to the lengthy line of Farren heroes – a hedonist jerked out of his myth international, all too usually a hapless stooge of occasions yet with adequate gumption, swashbuckling bravado and, the place required, senseless violence, to focus on it. extra commonly this novel, past due because it is available in the Farren ouvre, records the first actual section in Farren's Foundation-esque destiny background of Mankind: the techno-elites slip the surly bonds of Earth and leave for the celebs. cost Mars-The pink Planet, Phaid The Gambler, Protectorate and Their Master's struggle for extra episodes.
Funtopia: a great spot, yet eventually you need to depart.