It's set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia which may in fact be the last surviving city on the planet; a hellish and heavily policed metropolis sharply divided along social and economic lines. The richest and mightiest, for example, live lives of opulent luxury under a high-tech Dome while the lowest of the low (aka the "Deviants") live lives of not-so-quiet desperation in the polluted, violent Hell that is life outside the dome.
But sometimes the Deviants get a little testy, and forget their station in life. That's when reluctant Deviant hunter FLOYD MAQUINA is called in, relying on The Guide to Deviant Apprehension & Containment (with its mantra of "Seek, Locate, Apprehend, Contain, Terminate [if necessary]") to get the job done.
It's a frantic hodge-podge of a novel, a combination of Catch-22 and Bladerunner, half biting social commentary and half loopy, MAD Magazine-style parody, all leavened by a hefty dose of sci-fi "what ifs" and tough guy patter, thanks to Floyd's obsession with classic American film fare like The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon. A sort of loopy, cyber-punk combination platter of Philip K. Dick and hard-boiled dicks, if you will...
Andrez Bergen is an ex-pat Australian, currently living in Tokyo and possibly completely off his meds, who has worked at various times as a journalist, musician, photographer, DJ, artist, filmmaker, graphic designer, and ad hoc beer and sake connoisseur. One Hundred Years of Vicissitude, a new book by Bergen, is still very much in the works, and according to the author is shaping up to be 5% sequel/prequel of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and 95% something else entirely.
As though Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat wasn't something else entirely already...
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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