Raw Dog Screaming: Dog Star. Nov. 2020. 121p. ISBN 9781947879201. pap. $14.95. SF
A whale falls from the sky and lands on the edge of a well-populated community. An actor talks about his newest, ultimate role as the whale. His body will be physically altered to fit the part so as to prevent the psychological distress of sitting in a makeup chair for the actor. The Earth has changed completely. Entertainment is life and all the world is a movie set. The people are merely actors, directors, or they work in the movie industry. Yet films rarely seem to be finished, so no one can see them. People have no problem giving their lives [to appear in these pictures?], and do so often. But science has evolved to such a point that death is only an obstacle on the path to near immortality. Resurrection has become the norm.
VERDICT Wilson’s (Natural Complexions) latest is a wild, surreal modern trip down the rabbit hole. Anyone who enjoys stream-of-consciousness stories, as well as fans of artists Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, will enjoy this hallucinatory dreamscape. Modern cultural elements are supernaturally twisted, while the movie industry is satirized. Logophiles will love the imaginative uses of obscure words.
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