Hard to say when the human species fractured exactly. Harder to say when this new talent arrived. But Lion Zorn, protagonist of Last Tango, is the first of his kind-an empathy tracker, an emotional soothsayer, with a felt sense for the future of the we. In simpler terms, he can spot cultural shifts and trends before they happen. The Devil' s Dictionary finds Lion Zorn enmeshed with a strange subculture: polyamorous crypto-currency fiends with a tendency toward eco-terrorism. These crypto-eco-punks have executed the largest land grab in U. S. history, buying up huge swatches of the American west to establish the world' s first mega-linkage. This unbroken tract of wild lands stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon is meant to protect biodiversity and stave off the Sixth Great Extinction, but something' s rotten in Eden. Instead of saving existing species, exotic creatures unlike anything seen on Earth keep turning up. Called in to track down the origin of these exotics, Lion quickly finds himself entangled in a battle for the survival of our species.
This fast-moving SF thriller pops with weirdness and imagination. . . an engrossing story that will make you both laugh and think. A richly lunatic tale of the future. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) This joyride never loses steam. . . . Kotler puts together a top-notch cyberpunk novel with authority and flair. " --Booklist (starred review) [Action-packed]. . . Readers with a fondness for nature will appreciate Lion and the sincerity of his quest. --Publishers Weekly "It' s an exceptionally powerful read, with great dialogue; and, despite the tension, I still laughed out loud in multiple places. The premise of an emotion-based near-future sci-fi is also new and exciting. A clear favourite of the year for me. " --Libri Draconis Praise for Last Tango in Cyberspace: Like a cyberpunk version of Dirk Gently' s Holistic Detective Agency, combining associative thought, coincidences, randomness, philosophy, and a case of social outcasts into a very peculiar, yet very immersive, reading experience. It combines the paranoia of Philip K. Dick with the social consciousness of Octavia Butler and the cagey forecasting of Robert J. Sawyer. . . . A marvelously unique novel. --San Francisco Book Review (four stars) Both thriller and sf, the latest from Kotler is sure to please. . . . A fascinating read. Highly recommend. --Library Journal (starred review) This near-future technothriller is a breezy around-the-world romp for ex-journalist and "empathy-tracker" Lion Zorn. . . . a fun story with plenty of SF media references for fans to enjoy. --Publishers Weekly Kotler crafts an intriguing blend of detective story and social critique. . . . [He] creates a vivid picture of near-future earth. . . readers who dig in will find a story that is, at its core, an insightful view on how empathy can connect us to each other and to the living beings that share this planet. --BooklistAstounding! I love any book that teaches me about the future and Kotler' s Last Tango is the best I' ve read in a very long time. Incredibly insightful, wildly entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down. " --Peter Diamandis, New York Times bestselling author "Dazzling! A luminous, diamond-bright thriller of the near future. Sparkling with empathy, packed with wit, and overflowing with catch-your-breath insights into the human condition. I wish I' d written this myself. " --Ramez Naam, Philip K Dick Award-winning author "With a sharp cyberpunk mind and an empaths' soul, Last Tango gives us a believable near-future and a story you won' t be able to stop reading. I inhaled in one gulp. Bravo!" --R. U. Sirius, writer, editor, talk show host, musician, and co-founder of Mondo 2000 Some books give you a peek into what the future may hold, but Last Tango holds you down, tapes your eyes open, and blasts the doors off. More fun than used to be legal in many states. " --Joshua Klein, Hacker, Host of National Geographic' s The Link, Author, and Consultant A hardboiled tour-de-force, Kotler' s Last Tango blends sparkling prose, compelling characters, and underline-able insights into a gritty sci-fi epic that balances at the precipice of light and dark. " --Neil Strauss, nine-time New York Times bestselling author
STEVEN KOTLER is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, West of Jesus, and A Small Furry Prayer. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes.
|Published: ||19 Apr 2022|
|Published In: ||United States|
|Imprint: ||St Martin's Press|
|Publisher: ||St Martin's Press|
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