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. Volume XI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2005
the dystopian and not so far future of 2023 CE (when was the last
time you read a utopian novel?) Getting Near the End is a rare
full length novel from accomplished British-Canadian short-story writer
Andrew Weiner. Weiner, an aging Boomer and business writer, catches
the ennui of the fin de civilization with sparsely written prose as
history slowly winds itself down. Prescient witness to these end times
is Martha Nova, the world’s most famous musician, a 33-year-old
singer from Kapuskasing (Shania Twain country). Her entourage is small,
consisting of her eerily mature child and her retired rock star boyfriend,
Duke (a recycled ex-lover.) At the novel’s concluding Restaurant
at the End of the Universe, I mean party, she is destined to meet
her ex-manager and ex-lover, Levett, and her astronaut ex-lover, Denning,
the father of her child. (Hint: Remember the astronaut in the Exorcist?)
Martha Nova isn’t a futuristic Montana Wildhack with a legion
of lovers; it’s just that her ex's never seem to go away like
they are supposed to. Seemingly cursed with the ability to see the
future, Martha, like Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, is somewhat unstuck
in time. While Martha may sense that she is destined to meet her own
Paul Lazzaro at the New Year’s Eve party, she goes anyway. (Bad
Dave Watson, of Winnipeg, MB, is a not so gently aging boomer and ex-sci-fi reader who has lost his way in the fields of education and the environment.
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