by Sean Benham
Something is very wrong in the United Prefectures of America - Mr. DeLuxe’s Travelling Pleasure Show, that rolling monument to perversion and violence, is back on the road. Actually, that’s just one line on the long list of heinous things happening within the giant colonial science experiment. The population’s dying out faster than ever, segregation is still strictly enforced and all the poor souls who call the place home are trapped in place by a giant impregnable wall. Mr. Deluxe’s lewd sex-on-wheels display might have proved a pleasant distraction from the realities of Prefectural life, if it didn’t leave behind a bloody trail of death and destruction as it rolled from town to town.
Picking up where White American left off, Bastard Son is the story of Billy Lopez and his misguided quest to set everything right. He’s going to pull the curtain on Mr. Deluxe’s show. He’s going to find a way to pick the lock on the cage surrounding the country. And, he’s going to kill the man responsible for the sorry state of the world - a guy named Satan, a guy who just so happens to be Billy’s Dad. At least, that’s the plan. Knowing Billy and Billy’s knack for making bad decisions, chances are really good that he’s going to die trying.
Clever, action-packed and utterly strange, Bastard Son is dystopian science fiction at its best; other novels pull their punches, Bastard Son packs one hell of a wallop.
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Sean Benham is the freshest, strangest voice in fiction. Unafraid to delve into subjects other authors would happily pass up, his work is both out there and deeply personal. He has a knack for creating alternate worlds that mirror our own in the most unfortunate ways as well as the memorable characters that inhabit them. His work is grim but hopeful, thought-provoking and funny.
When he's not writing, Sean Benham is an entertainment industry professional who has worked as an art director, graphic animator, writer and producer on everything from Emmy award-winning children’s television programming to heavy metal music videos. He lives in Toronto.