Ribofunk by Paul Di Filippo

By Paul Di Filippo

You could try and get away from the mundane, or with the aid of Paul Di Filippo, you could take a short, significant holiday from it. within the vein of George Saunders or Michael Chabon, Di Filippo makes use of the instruments of technology fiction and the surreal to take a deep, richly felt examine humanity. His model of humorous, quirky, considerate, fast-moving, heart-warming, brain-bending tales exist around the complete spectrum of the glorious from tough technology fiction to satire to fable and directly to horror, supplying a riotously wonderful string of contemporary fables and tales from the next day, now and every time. once you learn Paul Di Filippo, you’ll now not see daily life really the same.

RIBOFUNK includes 11 masterful and wonderful works of mind's eye. In them all, biology is the technological know-how that drives the engine of lifestyles and of tale: the Protein Police patrol for renegade gene-splicers; part-human sea creatures dwell within the nice Lakes and freshen up poisonous spills; a river has develop into sentient; there’s a bodyguard who's half wolverine and a thrill-seeker climbs a skyscraper and will get caught, actually.

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It was only Barry trying to extricate himself, like a cat with a claw stuck in a drape. Barry set his pail down and asked Everett, “What do you think of all those antlers back in camp? I’ve been wondering: what if deer owned the place? Would they hang up a bunch of human skeletons? I mean, what do you think about somebody who needs to display so many antlers? I mean, I’m not like that. I ran over a mouse with a lawnmower once and it made me sick. The bone fragments were flying and I had to stop mowing.

Or was I the one who misremembered everything? Never did I see children’s sandals in the pool. Did my father see the truth whereas my imagination betrayed me, or protected me? As you must already know, I’m incapable of recording truth as my father did. To capture a child’s face numb from terror. To let the shrubs behind that child fade off into the background while the child’s eyes demand to be looked into. My father often said that reality was worse than whatever he could capture in a still image.

The woods were silent except for the sawing of pine branches. The dry grasses gave off an almost sweet smell. For a long time he walked aimlessly before he saw the deer. The animal was motionless amid birches and pines. To brace himself, Everett rested his hand on the trunk of a pine. He drew away slowly, taking a step toward the spot where the deer stood, as if he could walk through an apparition. His memories dropped over him—memories of himself and the woman he had known since they were children.

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