Mystery, Drama, Speculative Sci Fi, 1000 years in
Pink Noise:A Posthuman Tale by Leonid Korogodski ISBN 978-0-9843608-2-6 Korogodski has created a major new genre in this piece. By combining his writing with the illustrations of Guddah, a new science fiction/graphic novel blend is created. Although the premise of the book is complex, anyone wishing to invest the time will be well-rewarded. The plot centers on the efforts of Nathi, who is a post-human digital brain surgeon, and an unnamed girl in his care. She is in a coma so deep that there is no visible contact with the outside world. Because of this condition, he is brought to the case. He discovers a strange and vivid landscape created inside her head that is partially dream, partially prescient and partially real memories. He is attempting to connect her thalamus to the rest of her brain since all the components apparently work. He becomes so involved that he gets lost in the dreams of the girl. This brings him into another and totally unknown realm, and he loses control of where he is. The majority of the narrative occurs in and around the planets of this solar system about 1000 years in the future. There are humans, para-humans and post-humans. The post-humans are completely digital and exist in the eWorld that they created. The para-humans are those that are in transition or only partially converted. Politics, intrigue and a counter revolution keep the plot moving forward. Although the language is full of jargon and special purpose nicknames, Korogodski provides numerous notes and references in the back of the book to aid in “translation”. He also utilizes the concept of Zulu Zionists (a currently active movement in South Africa) migrating to Mars in order to give Nathi a strong heritage and cultural background. Dance is important to the narrative, especially in Nathi’s dealings with the catatonic girl, who often dreams that “the bride needs to dance”. An allegory about a fairy who cannot interact because she is blind, deaf and mute is poignant and memorable. “Pink Noise” is highly recommended. The jargon does not detract from the story, but serves to enhance both plot and character development. Korogodski is a master wordsmith who uses unexpected plot twists and innuendo to good effect throughout the book. This is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in speculative science fiction and also black and white graphic art. 5 Stars Published by Silverberry Press, P. O.Box 492, Sharon, MD (SRP $25.95/Amazon $17.13) Reviewer received the book from the author.
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