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The Harvest, A "Science-Politico" Novel by [Perry Brass]
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(from "Literature in 1997: Brilliance and Boredom.") "The Harvest," by Perry Brass, is about a budding gay romance in a hateful futuristic America. It is one of the ten best books of 1997. -- Steven Lavigne in Lavender Magazine, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 19, 1997

Perrry Brass is a man of many literary talents and his writings run the gamut from poetry to drama to the heavy-duty Smoky George gayrotic stories. However, if his published works are any indications, Brass's speciality is science fiction. In the "Ki Trilogy"-"Mirage," "Circles," and "Albert"-Brass created a alternate world of men-loving men at odds with our own homophobic society. But as good as the "Ki" books are, Brass clearly outdid himself in "The Harvest," his latest and best. In the "Ki" books, Brass created a homoerotic Utopia. In "the Harvest," Brass created the opposite-a society that's dysfunctional through and through. . . . In George Nader's "Chrome" the hero dared to love a robot. In "The Harvest," (a vastly superior novel) Chris Turner falls in love with a vacco, Hart256043, who realizes his humanity and seeks to escape his fate. . . . Brass uses his future world as a way to comment on our present one, and sets his sights on Big Government, multinational corporations, Christian communes, police corruption, and the popular mania for "law and order." The Harvest looks at what could happen when science goes amuck and humans allow the almight State (or the Almighty Corporation) to control their lives. It is a cautionary tale, and an exciting one, the kind of story the Corporation would not allow its citizens to read but one which we are fortunate to enjoy. -- Jesse Monteagudo writing in The Weekly News, Miami, FL, Dec. 17, 1997

Perry Brass is a hero to gay horror fans and you will not be disappointed by The Harvest. Set in an all-too-familiar future, one all-powerful corporation runs America and guarantees health, happiness, and prosperity. Transplants are the the norm but the organs are removed from laboratory-produced humans. 'Hunky' Hart escapes and how can any self-respecting gay man resist his most valuable asset? -- Jeffrey Baines in Gay Times, London, England, Nov. 1997

Perry Brass's latest book revives the politics of George Orwell and the futurism of A Clockwork Orange and sets them in the midst of the contemporary cloning controversy. The Harvest begins with Chris Turner, a designer for the Corporation, the political machine responsible for societal conformity and, even more grisly, the harvesting of vaccos: living, cloned cadavers who feed the economy by existing soley as involuntary donors for organ tranplants. When Hart, one of the brighter vaccos, escapes and falls in love with Chris, they defy the Corporation by attempting to steal the drugs to keep Hart alive. Brass's brilliant writing explores questions of sexuality, indentity, class structure, and religion. The Harvest is an artistic and terrifyingly prophetic depiction of science merging with politics and its universal consequences. -- John Pruitt writing in Icon Magazine, Toronto, Ontario, April, 1998

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He was born dirt-poor Chris Turner; he became Edgar Morgan Devereaux, the adopted son of Joshua Morgan Devereaux, one of the most powerful men in America. He has two lives, two identities, plus an alias: in the gutter gay bars he secretly frequents he's known as the charming "Mr. Stevens." Once he was a compulsive thief; now he's a sexual compulsive. He's only thirty-two years old, but he's already been in the "hole," the dead-end prison juvenile offenders are thown into. He's also planned cities, and heads an impressive Corporate design firm. Cruising the bars one night, away from the suburban estate he lives on, he meets the one person he's risked everything to find: only to find out that he's a "vacco," an escaped laboratory-cloned "corporate cadaver," raised on an isolated vacco ranch where he was scheduled to be harvested as a living source for organ and tissue transplants. The vacco's name is a number: Hart256043. The first thing Chris must do is save Hart's life. Then to escape the bind Chris has found himself in, he'll try to murder him. Then Chris will try to save his life again, while at the same time appearing to go through the charade of life in an American future run by one giant Corporation, where the government and business have completely merged-and taken everything along with them: religion, education, science, medicine, and what passes as "ethics." Chris, in other words, has become a knight in the age of Corporate feudalism, while Hart is only a pawn-whose fate was to be harvested on schedule. The Harvest is the story of two men who must save each other, while at the same time establish what they are meant to be. There is constant romantic tension as well as suspense in the book. It could be described as a nonstop action story that just happens to be a gay novel. Or a gay novel, brimming with sex, politics, and gothic Frankenstein elements in a not-so-distant future. Either way, its the same book: one that good fiction-starved gay men and their friendly often female followers who've been reading Perry Brass all alone, should be lining up to buy, joined hopefully by hords of other readers who are tired of cutesy gay books about well-behaved guys who want to grow up to be the Church Lady.

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  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Belhue Press; Kindle edition edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001R4BTRG
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