Filaria by Brent HaywardFilaria by Brent Hayward


byBrent Hayward

Paperback | July 14, 2017

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Four inhabitants of a crumbling world: a drugaddled boy, living in dank recesses, sets out in an ancient car to find his ex, who has mysteriously vanished overnight; a privileged girl, obsessed with the past, and exiled by her esteemed father, learns more about her longvanished ancestors than she ever could have wished for; an old man, on his hundredth birthday, deserts his quiet post as an elevator operator, climbing the great shaft in hopes of seeing the fabled topmost level before he dies; and a fisherman, seeking answers to why his oncevibrant wife is now chronically ailing and wasting away, begins a quest to find and confront the god of all gods.
Brent Hayward's fiction has appeared in several publications and anthologies, including HORIZONS SF, ON SPEC, CHIZINE, the Tesseracts series, and CHILLING TALES. In 2006, his story "Phallex Comes Out" was nominated for the StorySouth Million Writers Award as best online story of that year; it received an honourable mention. FILARIA, hi...
Title:FilariaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0980941016

ISBN - 13:9780980941012

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Hayward's debut is a powerful, beautifully-written dystopian tale concerning four inhabitants of a gigantic but dying artificial habitat. . . . With well-developed characters and four strong plotlines told through alternating chapters, Hayward delivers a fulfilling read.– Publishers Weekly (starred review)From its gorgeous cover to the typesetting, Filaria looks and feels like a book that should have been published by a major house—no small feat for the first outing of a start-up publisher. . . . Filaria is a startlingly original and unsettling vision of humanity's possible future, blending post-apocalyptic SF with the suspense and weirdness of Lovecraftian horror.– Chadwick Ginther, McNallyRobinson.comFilaria is a great read, crackling with invention, energy, and suspense.– Alex Good, Quill & Quire(Filaria) handles the basics of entertaining storytelling so well, balancing plot, character, setting, prose, and pacing, while encompassing core themes of both SF and horror. ...The initial impression is of a Gene Wolfe novel, a Whorl-like generation starship or a tower on a dying Urth; or perhaps a VanderMeerian Venis ...(Filaria is) horrific because there is no external threat, nothing supernatural. The spotlight is front and center on human nature: how tenuous the human species is, the things we do that compromise our own chances, and the self-destroying roles we force individuals to play in our fight for survival. And yet, this in turn leads directly to the optimistic side of Filaria: the idea that the science of our technology and the science of our biology may both work to carry us into the future.– Matt Denault, Strange HorizonsA disquieting, claustrophobic, compelling hybrid of China Miéville and J. G. Ballard. I first read Filaria almost two years ago: its subterranean imagery has been stuck in my midbrain ever since.– Peter Watts, author of Starfish and BlindsightFilaria has adventure, sense of wonder, love, excitement and the characters' arcs are very well done and quite moving.– Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book CriticHorrorScope: "Filaria might be described as a Gothic Science Fiction. It's Titus Groan riding in an electric car... If William Gibson or Bruce Sterling wrote a fairy tale it might be a little like this."