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Stepfather Bank Paperback – November 18, 2016
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In the year 2110, the world has achieved perfect order, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness under the control of the Bank and its Board of Directors. The only blot on its record is self-styled poet and freeloading itinerant Monaghan Burlewthe last free man in the world. Poyer's story of one man's war against the system is first-rate satire with a serious core. For most sf collections. JC
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About the Author
D. C. Poyer’s stories and novellas have been published in Analog, Isaac Asimov’s, Galileo, Tesseract, Unearth, and other magazines, and anthologized in Starry Messenger, The Berkley Showcase, The Analog Annual, Jerry Pournelle’s There Will Be War, and other collections and venues. His more than forty published books include White Continent, The Shiloh Project, Star Seed, The Return of Philo T. McGiffin, The Dead of Winter, Winter in the Heart, As the Wolf Loves Winter, Thunder on the Mountain, and many other bestselling books. He teaches Creative Writing at Wilkes University.
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Monaghan Burlew is a heroic figure who began writing doggerel protest poems as graffiti and went on to do great things.
Casting aside Poyer's uncanny predictions regarding a future of individual debt and invasion of privacy, it is impossible to ignore this author's raw talent. His invented future language rivals George Orwell's "Newspeak" (1984) or Anthony Burgess's "Nadsat" (A Clockwork Orange.) Like cymbals, Poyer clashes poetic imagery against science so that the resulting sound renders a perfect description of a dystopian society. I searched for the hardcover copy that I own, and I am thrilled to see this story resurrected as an e-book. Stepfather Bank is a deeply intellectual and highly satisfying read.