Crab, from Submodern Books, is now available at Amazon:
Crab: a novel by Mark Wallace
It’s 1999. Change is coming. A mysterious technology called the Crab is infiltrating the minds of U.S. citizens with dreams from another planet. Sarah’s psychic abilities make her the first person to recognize the alien dreams crashing around New York City, but what should she do? Does the Crab free people’s minds, or enslave them? Marinda, a painter who can’t make herself paint, has an ex-boyfriend determined to get her back or punish her for leaving, he can’t tell which. The strange late night phone calls he’s getting, source unknown, are egging him on. Jerry, who thinks New York is his for the taking, is getting the calls too, and growing increasingly volatile and confused. Across the U.S., in government buildings and in bars, violence is spreading, and no one knows why. Is it the Crab? As the danger rises in this disturbing, suspenseful, and humorous novel, the question turns urgent: whose dreams are people really dreaming?
Crab is a perfect example of slipstream fiction. It blends literary and sci-fi writing seamlessly and enjoyably. Wallace makes use of sophisticated language and in-depth psychological development, the hallmarks of good literary writing. With equal ease, he crafts an engaging plot and interesting speculative concepts, both central to sci-fi. We encounter technologically induced surrealism alongside psychological realism alongside dystopian decline alongside that rarest thing in fiction: deft and actually funny humor. A compelling and original work, Crab should garner much attention and many devoted readers.
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