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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Flatmancrooked (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982034881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982034880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,447,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shya Scanlon is the author of the poetry collection IN THIS ALONE IMPULSE (Noemi Press, 2009) and the novel FORECAST (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2012). Shya received his MFA from Brown University, where he was awarded the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
[This review was originally published at The Cult.]

IT WAS AS IF I WERE BOTH THE FEVER-DREAMER AND THE DREAM ITSELF.

If you were paying attention in 2009 you may have seen the birthing of Forecast across the internet, from July to December, in forty-two installments. Billed as the Forecast 42 Project, this story is set in the year 2212, and is the bastard love-child of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, weaving elements of noir and science fiction into a humorous, touching love story, a narrative on what it means to see and be seen, to exist and yet be nothing more than a cog. Following this story across such esteemed online journals as Juked, Flatmancrooked, Keyhole, Redivider, Opium, Electric Literature, PANK, Word Riot, 3:AM Magazine, and Puerto Del Sol, it was a serial story that ended up landing Shya Scanlon a book deal at Flatmancrooked Publishing, giving hopes to many authors that the ways we publish, and get discovered, aren't static and predictable.

Forecast is the story of Zara, a woman who evolves (or devolves) into Helen, changing from a spirited, independent girl, into a Stepford wife, her life a dull suburban waste, married to Jack, an oblivious idiot, undeserving of her spirit. Watching over this is Maxwell Point, a Citizen Surveillant, a man who loses himself in the process of watching her, both an essential, and irrelevant, part of her life. There is of course the talking dog, Rocket, who often provides comic relief. There is Asseem, her rebellious boyfriend, CEO of Street Cred, Inc. There is the split personality of Blain/Busy, who may be more than he seems, good cop, bad cop, all in one body. Or is it two? Her parents, the professor, Knuckle and his Dirty Dogs fast food chain, it's a full cast of miscreants and prophets, players and pawns.
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I loved this book for its unexpected... Almost everything. It's just about impossible to classify. It has sweetness and emotional depth seldom found in imaginative fiction. Scanlon creates a thoroughly unique world yet somehow retains a feathery light touch. The book is bursting with ideas without ever feeling forced, and without sacrificing story or character. I've definitely never read anything like it before.
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Very unique book and easy to read although gives a good challenge for the mind as the reader tries to figure out what is happening.
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Scanlon definitely writes a gripping story through an imaginative dystopian world. He mixes a number of different things I wouldn't have imagined to mix well together, but he handles it all marvelously. There was never a moment I wasn't interested and never a moment I wasn't intrigued.
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More About the Author

Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Forecast and Border Run, and of the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. He received his MFA from Brown University, and lives in Manhattan and Bearsville, New York, with his wife.