Sensation

Sensation

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When Julia Hernandez leaves her husband, shoots a real estate developer, and then vanishes without a trace, she slips out of the world she knew and into the Simulacrum--a place where human history is both guided and thwarted by the conflict between a species of anarchist wasps and a collective of hyperintelligent spiders. When Julia's ex-husband Raymond spots her in a grocery store he doesn't usually patronize, he's soon drawn into an underworld of radical political gestures where Julia is the new media sensation of both this world and the Simulacrum. Told ultimately from the collective point of view of another species, this allegorical novel plays with the elements of the Simulacrum apparent in real life--media reports, business speak, blog entries, text messages, psychological-evaluation forms, and the lies lovers tell one another--and poses a fascinating idea that displaces human beings from the center of the universe and makes them simply the pawns of two warring species.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 126 x 200 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • PM Press
  • Oakland, United States
  • English
  • 1604863544
  • 9781604863543
  • 543,014

Review quote

"The Majestic Plural, or Royal We, is well known--"Sensation" introduces the Arachnid Plural, the we of spiders, the ones that live inside you. The spiders care about you--deeply--and want to use you in a millennial war against certain parasitic wasps. No, I was wrong. The spiders only want to help. So let them in." --Zachary Mason, "New York Times"-best-selling author, "The Lost Books of the Odyssey"show more

About Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of the novels Move Under Ground and Under My Roof, as well as the short story collection You Might Sleep. His writing has been translated into German, Italian, and Greek, and he has been nominated for the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards and the Kurd Lasswitz Prize. He is the coeditor of the online magazine Clarkesworld and his essays have appeared in the Clamor, In These Times, the New Humanist, the Smart Set, and the Village Voice. He lives in Oakland, California.show more

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134 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 23% (31)
4 38% (51)
3 25% (33)
2 8% (11)
1 6% (8)
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