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Moxyland

by Lauren Beukes

Osprey Publishing | May 28, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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What''s really going on? Who''s really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA.


A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa.  An art-school dropout, and AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone''s got to stand up to Government Inc. - whatever the cost.  Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, this tale paints anything but a forecasted utopia, satirically undermining the reified idea of progress as society''s white knight.

From the bestselling author of The Shining Girls and the Arthur C. Clarke-award-winning Zoo City.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Digital Natives | Marketing Wars | Corporate Control | Teenage Riot ]

E-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-005-3


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 in

Published: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 085766381X

ISBN - 13: 9780857663818

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Moxyland

by Lauren Beukes

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 in

Published: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 085766381X

ISBN - 13: 9780857663818

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MOXYLAND, by Lauren Beukes CHAPTER ONE: Kendra   It’s nothing. An injectable. A prick. No hospital involved. Like a booster shot with added boost. Just keep telling yourself. The corporate line shushes through the tunnels on a skin of seawater, overflow from the tide drives put to practical use in the clanking watery bowels of Cape Town – like all the effluent in this city. Like me. Art school dropout reinvented as shiny brand ambassador. Sponsor baby. Ghost girl. I could get used to this, seats unmarked by the pocked craters of cigarette burns, no blaring adboards, no gangsters checking you out. But elevated status is not part of the program. Only allocated for the day, to get me in and out again. Wouldn’t want civilians hanging around. As the train slows, pulling into the Waterfront Exec station, it sends plumes of seawater arcing up the sides. In my defence, it’s automatic; I lift my camera, firing off three shots through the latticed residue of salt crusted over the windows. I don’t think about the legal restrictions on documenting corporate space, that this might be provocation enough to revoke the special access pass Andile loaded onto my phone for the occasion. ‘They don’t like that, you know,’ says the guy sitting across the way from me. He doesn’t look like he belongs here either, with his scruffy beard and hair plastered into wet tufts. Older than me, maybe twenty-seven, twenty-eight. He’s wearing a da
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What''s really going on? Who''s really in charge? You have NO. F***KING. IDEA.


A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa.  An art-school dropout, and AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone''s got to stand up to Government Inc. - whatever the cost.  Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, this tale paints anything but a forecasted utopia, satirically undermining the reified idea of progress as society''s white knight.

From the bestselling author of The Shining Girls and the Arthur C. Clarke-award-winning Zoo City.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Digital Natives | Marketing Wars | Corporate Control | Teenage Riot ]

E-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-005-3


From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lauren Beukes is a writer, TV scriptwriter and recovering journalist (although she occasionally falls off the wagon).

She has an MA in Creative Writing, but she got her real education in ten years of freelance journalism, learning really useful skills like how to pole-dance and make traditional sorghum beer. For the sake of a story, she''s jumped out of planes and into shark-infested waters and got to hang out with teen vampires, township vigilantes, AIDS activists and homeless sex workers among other interesting folk.

When she''s not tutoring her baby daughter (aka the queen of eeeeeeevil) in practical ways to take over the world, she also writes books, short stories, magazine articles and TV scripts various.

Her non-fiction book, Maverick was nominated for the Sunday Times 2006 Alan Paton Non-Fiction Book of the Year competition. The author lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Editorial Reviews

" Moxyland does lots of things, masterfully, that lots of sf never even guesses that it *could* be doing." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer "The world Beukes has invented is both eerily familiar and creepily different." - Cosmopolitan "This fast-paced sci-fi trip has intriguing characters, big ideas, a new lexicon and... serves as a global warning." - GQ "You don''t have to be an SF aficionado to love this novel that is fast, brimming with original ideas and deadly serious." - Mail & Guardian "George Orwell''s 1984 meets Bladerunner. Lauren Beukes breaks new literary ground with effortless hipness." --Margie Orford, author of Like Clockwork "...full of unselfconscious spiky originality, the larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk." - Charles Stross "A technicolor jazzy rollercoaster ride into a dazzling hell." - Andre Brink "Beukes''s stunningly original sci-fi thriller chills and thrills to the last breath" - Heat Magazine, South Africa (July 2008) "Lauren Beukes bleeds her characters of color as effectively as the smear masks they wear for anonymity, not for simple provocation, but to warn of the self-replicating nature of segregation." - Brendan Byrne, The Brooklyn Rail " [ Moxyland ] is recommended for what might very well be the emergence of a major new science-fiction author. -Alan Cranis, www.bookgasm.com "After the first hundred pages, I would have to say that reading Moxyland is
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