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About the author:
Anthony Balducci, 52, studied journalism at Baruch College in Manhattan and earned a criminology degree at the University of Florida. His first book, a biography of film comedian
Lloyd Hamilton, was published by McFarland in 2009. THE FUNNY PARTS, a book detailing the history of gags and routines, is due to be published by McFarland in the near future.
Life, Liberty. . . and all the rest
LIFE, LIBERTY. . . AND ALL THE REST presents a series of satirical episodes in which newcomers to America struggle to assimilate into the local culture. Adopting the way of life in their new country is especially difficult because the newcomers are robots.
The story opens at a futuristic amusement park, where robotic clones of the U.S. Presidents room together in a glossy mock-up of the White House. The robot roomies are less interested in educating the public on the history of the presidency than they are in quarreling among themselves about old grudges. The exhibit, contrary to the expectations of visitors, has more in common with Real World than Westworld.
The robots, their identities evolving and their ambitions growing, conspire to defect from the exhibit's controlled confines to explore diverse places across the United States. It is an adventurous and humorous struggle that emerges as the robots establish themselves in the flawed, troubled nation their venerable prototypes helped to create. Revealed during the course of the story are fascinating facts about the actual presidents - their quirks, their triumphs, their scandals, their loves. The book plumbs the depths of the presidents for comic possibilities and also seeks out their moral core. It is America, itself, that is ultimately examined through its most compelling leaders.
The book is recommended to readers who enjoy offbeat, mixed-genre novels and should particularly appeal to fans of the satirical science fiction and fantasy stories of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, John F. Moore, Jasper Fforde, Robert Asprin or Rudy Rucker.
- Publication Date:
- 1461143640 / 9781461143642
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Science Fiction / General