Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. "Stepping Stone" and
"Love Machine "are but two of six fragments in the "Crosstown to
Oblivion" short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores
life's cosmic questions. From life's meaning to the nature of good
and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the
reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world
today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how
would the world really receive the answers?
Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go
by-and waiting for something he can't quite put into words. A
gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large
corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he
spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can
Soon Truman's quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old
lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy.
Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt
his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a
startling revelation that will change his life forever-and
transform the nature of humanity?
The Datascriber was supposed to merely allow individuals to
share sensory experiences via a neurological link, but its true
potential is even more revolutionary. The brainchild of an
eccentric, possibly deranged scientist, the "Love Machine" can
merge individual psyches and memories into a collective Co-Mind
that transcends race, gender, species . . . and even death
Tricked into joining the Co-Mind, as part of a master plan to
take over the world, Lois Kim struggles to adapt to her new reality
and abilities. Is there any way back to the life that was stolen
from her, or is she destined to lead humanity into a strange new
era, despite the opposition of forces both human and otherwise?