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Sensation : Spectacular Fiction - Nick Mamatas

Sensation

By: Nick Mamatas

Paperback | 23 June 2011

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Love. Politics. Parasitic manipulation. Julia Hernandez left her husband, shot a real-estate developer out to gentrify Brooklyn, and then vanished without a trace. Well, perhaps one or two traces were left... With different personal and consumption habits, Julia has slipped out of the world she knew and into the Simulacrum--a place between the cracks of our existence from which human history is both guided and thwarted by the conflict between a species of anarchist wasp and a collective of hyperintelligent spiders. When Julia's ex-husband Raymond spots her in a grocery store he doesn't usually patronize, he's drawn into an underworld of radical political gestures and Internet organizing looking to overthrow a ruling class it knows nothing about--and Julia is the new media sensation of both this world and the Simulacrum.

Told ultimately from the collective point of view of another species, Sensation plays with the elements of the Simulacrum we all already live in: media reports, businessspeak, blog entries, text messages, psychological evaluation forms, and the always fraught and kindly lies lovers tell one another.

Industry Reviews

"Nick Mamatas' brilliant comic novel, Sensation, reads like an incantation that both vilifies and celebrates the complex absurdity of the modern world."
--Lucius Shepard, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards

"The Majestic Plural, or Royal We, is well known--Sensation introduces the Arachnid Plural, the we of spiders, the ones that live inside you. The spiders care about you--deeply--and want to use you in a millennial war against certain parasitic wasps. No, I was wrong. The spiders only want to help. So let them in."
--Zachary Mason, the New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Books of the Odyssey

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