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Steve Aylett

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Title: Slaughtermatic
Author: Steve Aylett
Genre: Novel
Written: 1997
Length: 152 pages
Availability: Slaughtermatic - US
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  • Slaughtermatic was a finalist for the 1998 Philip K. Dick Award

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Our Assessment:

B : clever and fun, but doesn't quite sustain a novel

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The NY Times Book Rev. A 21/6/1998 Michael Porter

  From the Reviews:
  • "Both the bullets and the gags fly fast and furious in Steve Aylett's hyperkinetically violent, hilarious time-traveling crime caper." - Michael Porter, The New York Times Book Review

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The complete review's Review:

       Steve Aylett's first real novel takes us back to crime central, the lovely metropolis of Beerlight first encountered in The Crime Studio (see our review). Many of the same colourful characters are found again. But this time Aylett is somewhat more ambitious -- this is more of a novel, rather than the episodic fiction that is The Crime Studio.
       Dante Cubit and the Entropy Kid plan a bank robbery, using the fanciful weapons at their disposal. To outtrick modern crime fighting techniques, Dante sends himself back in time, duplicating himself so that he can basically save himself. But things don't quite work out -- as they rarely seem to in Beerlight.
       Aylett still writes a decent, fast-paced action packed, hypermodern thriller. There's more cleverness on a single page than in most sci-fi novels, and Aylett is decidedly something of a stylist. The bon mots and clever one-liners abound.
       Unfortunately, it doesn't quite fit together as a novel. Oh, it's a hell of a ride, and worthwhile for all that, but not quite all it could be. Aylett is a talent, and he's on the right track. The title, alone, suffices. But he will do better.
       There's enough here to please. Aylett remains razor-sharp. "(D)enial had reached such a pitch, it was illegal not only to premeditate a crime but to remember it later." Newspapers include the Daily Denial and the Parole Violators' Bugle. It's fun and entertaining stuff, with almost too many ideas.
       Sci fi, the modern crime novel, the future of fiction: it's all here. Recommended, with some care.

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About the Author:

       British author Steve Aylett was born in 1967. He has written several novels.

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