The Other Planet : A Novel of the Future
Thirty years ago this surreal, speculative novel predicted the Internet, our addiction to celebrity, and the obsession with living in the FUTURE (if there is one). It may even have precipitated a revolution in Romania! A new generation of readers awaits.
“The Other Planet is one of the indispensable novels of the twentieth century, a complex and unsentimental examination of the tensions created by rapid social and technological change. Carefully constructed possibilities may be gleefully abandoned or lives that seem coherent in their design may be suddenly eclipsed by larger forces. Something sinister is still happening at the edges of perception, something both desirable and terrifying. In The Other Planet, the most common name given to that thing that inspires both longing and dread is ‘the future.’ …This is fiction driven by ideas, ideas about the future, the self, and the relentlessness of the everyday. These ideas are often manifest in conversations, and so every idea is refuted, complicated, taken to its absurd extreme, or mutated in an unintended direction so that we are constantly reminded of the unavoidable self-referentiality of our own ideas, the degree to which they are trapped in a corner: the corner of our bodies, our histories, the pictures of reality we most like to look at, the stories we put ourselves to sleep with at night.” —from the foreword by Stephen Beachy
Paperback, 256 pages, 5.5 x 8.5", 2018, 978-1-62054-028-2
Publication on SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
"A pretty definitive statement about the post-modern experience... The future is sparked by a mysterious stranger, Humberto Vilanescu. Rich, foreign, partly messianic and partly Mephistophelian, he's a combination of the Aga Khan, Howard Hughes and The Man Who Fell to Earth. ... This is a mysterious, absorbing, sexy and troubling reflection on these weird times, and it should be read." — John Strausbaugh, City Paper
“A style reminiscent of experimentalists Stanislaw Lem and Samuel R. Delaney.” --Library Journal