The Amadeus Net
by Mark A. Rayner
4.7 stars - 6 reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here's the set-up:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is alive and in love, living in the world's
first sentient city, Ipolis. Lucky for both of them, nobody knows, but
how long can it stay that way? Set in 2028, The Amadeus Net is a
satire that examines life, love and the nature of art in a world
struggling to recover from a cataclysmic asteroid strike and human
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walks into the sex change clinic, determined to have his "sprouter" snipped off. So begins The Amadeus Net,
a satirical novel set in the year 2028, which explores art, love, and
identity at the end of the world. For more than two centuries, the
one-time wunderkind has kept his existence secret while he tried to
understand his immortality. Living in style through funds raised by
selling "lost" Mozart works, he has also helped to create Ipolis, a
utopian city-state, after the cataclysmic Shudder, a global disaster
caused by an asteroid strike in 2015.
But a few complications mar
Mozart's utopia. The woman he loves is a lesbian, which, paradoxically,
makes him forget about his sex-change plans. The world's greatest
reporter knows he's still alive and will stop at nothing to expose him.
The stakes are higher than he knows, because if the reporter finds him,
so will the spy planning to sell Mozart's DNA to the highest bidder. Oh,
and, by the way, the world might end in seven days. His only allies
are a psychotic American artist, a bland Canadian diplomat, and the city
itself: a sapient, thinking machine that is screwing up as only a
sapient, thinking machine can.
One Reviewer Notes:
"Rayner's flair for sustained humor, and compelling story telling enhances the preposterous premises, characterizations, and worthy themes of art, love, and the search for self-identity and sex in ... characters making their way through the end of the world."
Janet Paszkowski, Flash Me Magazine
About the Author
Robot-monkey loving, zombie-pirate fighting, massively bestselling wannabe, Mark is actually Canadian. By day he is a university prof and by night, a writer of "fabulist satire" novels, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.) Marvellous Hairy is his second novel. His first book, The Amadeus Net, is heavier on the robots.
You can read more of his fiction (for free) at his website where you can also dig into his irregular and explosive blog, The Skwib (markarayner.com). Follow him at Twitter (@markarayner) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RaynerWriting).
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