My publisher, Four Walls Eight Windows, deserves some credit here. John Oakes (the founder and head honcho) really believes in this book and always has a kind word for it. What’s more, he’s put me in good company: 4W8W publishes Octavia Butler, Kathe Koja, Paul DiFillipo, Rudy Rucker, Abbie Hoffman, Pat Cadigan, and a whole raft of talented, wonderful writers. Literary boutique presses like 4W8W are of the things that give me hope for publishing.
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As knowledgeable about computers as he is about flea markets, Doctorow uses science fiction as a kind of cultural WD-40, loosening hinges and dissolving adhesions to peer into some of society’s unlighted corners. His best known story, ”Craphound,” tells of a competitive friendship between two junk collectors, one human and one alien; what it says about the uses of the past is no more mysterious than the prices paid for a vintage Coke bottle or an early Barbie doll. Not every attempt to wrest truth from cliche works — but you won’t want to miss Doctorow’s satiric glance at co-opted dissent among the grade-school set or the insidious horror of his updated Pinocchio tale.
New York Times