Spaceman Blues: A Love Song

Brian Francis Slattery, Author . Tor $21.95 (219p) ISBN 978-0-765-31610-3 ISBN 978-0-765-31614-1

Editor/writer/musician Slattery's chaotic debut takes readers on a headlong trip to the end of the world. Manuel González, a legendary New York City party animal, has disappeared and his apartment has exploded, leaving behind only the memories of his thousands of friends and enemies. His lover, Wendell Apogee, is determined to find out what happened. So are police inspectors Herman Trout and Lenny Salmon, who uncover a web of bizarre characters, from Lucas Henderson, former Lunar Temple cult member, and Arturo “El Flaco” Domínguez,” González's worst enemy, to a washed-up '80s pop band the Marsupials. As Wendell tracks González through Darktown, “the place where you find lost things,” the prophecies of the apocalyptic Church of Panic begin coming true: aliens threaten to invade Earth, and Wendell must become superhero Captain Spaceman and save the planet. The story itself doesn't make much sense, but Slattery has a grand time showing off the colorful underground culture of cockfights, raves and endless intoxication that keeps things moving in his hallucinatory vision of New York. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/25/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 219 pages - 978-0-7653-1614-1
Ebook - 224 pages - 978-1-4299-8064-7
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4561-0568-6
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