Forecast by Shya Scanlon Online

Forecast
Title : Forecast
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ISBN : null
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 300

The year is 2212, the weather is out of control, and Seattle is being rebuilt with electricity generated from negative human emotion. In a strange and turbulent world fueled by secrecy, lies and voyeurism, a sweet if stultified housewife named Helen vanishes, and Citizen Surveillant Maxwell Point, the man whose job it’s been to watch her, must recount the years leading upThe year is 2212, the weather is out of control, and Seattle is being rebuilt with electricity generated from negative human emotion. In a strange and turbulent world fueled by secrecy, lies and voyeurism, a sweet if stultified housewife named Helen vanishes, and Citizen Surveillant Maxwell Point, the man whose job it’s been to watch her, must recount the years leading up to her disappearance. As Helen is drawn back to the city on an increasingly suspicious errand to find a man she once loved, Maxwell begins to suspect foul play. But his own investigations draw him into the story he’s trying to tell, and a picture emerges of a lonely, hollow man so dependent on the very thing he’s trained to protect that it may color not only his judgment, but his grip on reality. In this novel inspired by the troubled relationship between an author and his craft, Shya Scanlon renders a surreal, dystopian world in which alternate motives are required and people must hide even from themselves—a world in which the only real freedom is powerlessness.“Shya Scanlon’s brilliant first novel inhabits the skin of science fiction while setting off fireworks more extravagantly imagined and coolly displayed than those ever fired into the night air by any conventional SF novel. He zooms far beyond fiction’s usual old-fashioned feeling-states into a bright dazzling world that might have been plotted by a consortium of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Don DeLillo. If there’s any justice, Scanlon is going to become a hero to his peers: he’s pointing down the path many of the youngest, hippest writers in Brooklyn still have not as yet realized they will need to take. FORECAST indicates their future, though: this is where they’ll be going.”--PETER STRAUB“In FORECAST, Scanlon invokes an absurd not-too-distant future that nonetheless seems altogether too believable and real. Tipping its hat to authors like Stacey Levine, China Miéville and Jonathan Lethem, Scanlon’s novel is part Science Fiction, part noir, part road narrative and part love story. Whether speaking about an effete talking dog, an underground edu-musement park or the convoluted heartbreak of a man deep in love with the woman he’s been trained to watch, Shya Scanlon’s is a new and vital voice in fabulist fiction.”--BRIAN EVENSON"Like the narrator of Shya Scanlon’s very funny and very frightening Forecast, we his readers, plunged into a world of dog-devouring clouds and hallucination-inducing Anti-Surveillance masks, become “both fever dreamer and the dream itself.” Carved with uncommon authority out of the mists of what’s almost surely to come, Forecast does double duty as herald of an important new literary voice on the U.S. scene and harbinger of some seriously foul weather we'll all have to contend with."-–LAIRD HUNT


Forecast Reviews

  • Nik Korpon

    Excellent read from an author about to break out. Full review here: cowheavybooks/reviews/

  • Richard Thomas

    [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 o [...]

  • Lori

    Review copy from authorHousewives paid to watch television ads? Weather forecasts that differ from house to house? Electricity that is generated by negative human emotions? Wearing special masks when you go outside to block the Citizen Surveillance team's ability to "watch" you? This is the world into which author Shya Scanlon thrusts his readers when they crack the cover of his novel Forecast.Released nearly a month ago by FlatManCrooked, Forecast is an "actionable narrative" set in 2212, writt [...]

  • Andrea DeAngelis

    What a strange, highly imaginative and compelling ride. At first I believed I was reading a straight ahead scifi plot but gradually the whole secondary narrative undercurrent of the intense connection between writer and his characters became clear. And just like the writer, we have to leave the characters he's created before we're entirely ready and if the writer has done his job we'll never be ready and Shya Scanlon has done his job superbly.

  • David

    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.

  • Ryan Bradford

    Really liked a lot this book, but there are a lot of cutesy, tongue-in-cheek futuristic touches that bothered me. Like, trademarking "Neighborhoods" - to point out our increasingly consumer culture was ehh Just reminded me of the parts of Super Sad True Love Story that I didn't like. But the characters were great. Zara/Helen is such a strong main character that you enjoy every moment with her.And there's this fourth-wall breakage that was pretty genius: narrator of the story is part of the Citiz [...]

  • JC

    What a weird and crazy book. I both liked and disliked the fact that the world itself wasn't entirely explained, though leaving the specifics of some of the things to the imagination probably worked in its favor.

  • Amanda Kuehl

    I really enjoyed it, but weird!! LOL!!

  • Dylan Suher

    He is a good writer. He will write better books. He ends it fairly well, at least.