Item description for A Splendid Chaos by John Shirley...
Zero is a young film maker who believes his whole life and career are mapped out before him. That is, until the night he and his friends walk into a rock club ... and are caught in a dazzling trap that spans worlds.
They are dropped onto a dreamlike planet whose surrealistic beauty cannot hide its grotesque reality. Fool's Hope --- a world, so stunningly bizarre, nightmares are irrelevant. Here, abductees --- both human and alien --- are pitted against a neverending succession of hellish parasites, carnivores, shape-changers, and symbiotes.
Yet the greatest enemy of all could be human. When former professor Harmon Fiskle is transformed by the Current --- a roving mutagenic force --- he is freed to pursue his megalomaniacal nature. He advocates a depraved policy of social Darwinism, and forges a grotesque alliance of Twists: men and women who have sacrificed their own humanity to become monstrous mutations of their former selves.
With an entire world at stake, only Zero can solve the mystery of Fool's Hope ... if it isn't already too late.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 2006
Publisher Babbage Press
ISBN 1930235232 ISBN13 9781930235236
Availability 0 units.
More About John Shirley
John Shirley considers himself a scientist interested in educating himself and others on the use of software tools to analyze and present scientific data. He has developed software and documentation while consulting for companies that include Digital Equipment Corporation, Concurrent Computer Corporation, Inset Systems, NASDAQ, and Tandem Computers. John's work has included the development of C programs to demonstrate not only the use of DCE remote procedure calls but also multithreaded programming, an application interface for the GEM graphics environment, and storing scientific data. These projects have spanned many operating systems, including OSF/1, UNIX, MS-DOS, and VMS. John earned a B.A. from Alfred University with a dual major in Mathematics and Geology, an M.S. in Geology from Miami University with a specialty in Structural Geology, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Pace University. Prior to consulting, John's career included six years in the oil industry as a geophysicist and international explorationist. His work included the analysis of seismic data from New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Norway, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the United States. John also worked as a software engineer developing programs for scientific instrument manufacturers. John lives in Newtown, Connecticut, where he maintains a consulting business specializing in documenting and demonstrating complex software.
John Shirley currently resides in Pinole, in the state of California. John Shirley was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Splendid Chaos?
As good as it is strange Oct 29, 2007
This was a great read. Every now and again there is a book you regret picking up because you eventually realize you're not going to sleep much that night. I read this book in a single sitting on a school night back in college. A tale of kidnappings to strange places for sinister purposes... a test of character, mutation - inside and out. This book has it all. If you are a die-hard John Shirley fan, this book is probably one of the reasons.