Gypsy (Outspoken Authors) (Paperback)

By Carter Scholz

PM Press, 9781629631189, 160pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2015

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The intriguing story of how a bold but tiny group of beleaguered humanity—financed by a rogue billionaire—undertake the top-secret colonization of a nearby star system
In this collection of sci-fi stories, heralded writer Carter Scholz explores a variety of sociopolitical themes. In the novella Gypsy, a few visionary scientists, chosen and nurtured by an eccentric billionaire undertake humankind’s most expansive adventure—a generations-long voyage to a distant planet. The story “The Nine Billion Names of God” uses a classic sci-fi text to deconstruct literary deconstruction itself, with hilarious results. “Imprecations” is an unforgiving examination of the primary lies in popular culture. An interview with the author, in which Scholz reveals his sources, frustrations, forbidden delights, and demonic designs, is also included.

About the Author

Carter Scholz is an acclaimed science fiction writer and the author of The Amount to Carry and Radiance. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Praise For Gypsy (Outspoken Authors)

Scholz’s writing crackles with energy, intelligence, and dark humor.”  —Publishers Weekly

Scholz weaves the analytical, the literal, the literary, the imaginary, and the emotional.”  —Boston Globe

“Not just intellectually provocative, but emotionally rich, even saturated.”  —Washington Post Book World

"The eponymous science fiction novella Gypsy is the brilliant and heart-wrenching centerpiece of this three-story collection by Carter Scholz. In Gypsy, we meet a band of renegade scientists and explorers brought together in secret by a wealthy visionary. Their mission is to build a starship and develop the technologies necessary to get them to a distant planet in the Alpha Centauri system, leaving behind a doomed Earth for one last shot at keeping humanity alive. Beginning only about 25 years in the future, Gypsy is scientifically rigorous and chillingly plausible—an unforgettable song of hope and despair for Earth." —Buzzfeed

"Scholz's travelers are particularized with an incredible depth of character seldom found in most science fiction." —Paul Di Filippo,

"This sardonic collection is a bracing cold-water shower for readers more familiar with the upbeat problem-solving spirit of classic science fiction." —Publishers Weekly

"Everything in the story’s science-fictional machineries emphasizes complexity and interaction and unexpected outcomes; and like the design of Gypsy itself, the story’s rolling, interconnected disasters are complex and comprehensively imagined." —Russell Letson, Locus

"This may be the first SF story to ‘take full stock of how hard, maybe impossible, interstellar travel is going to be’. Consequently, the crew’s journey is about as far from Star Trek’s warp-drives as you can imagine. Moving, memorable, and stylistically-sophisticated, Gypsy is another stellar addition to PM Press’s stand-out Outspoken Authors series." —Gabriel Carlyle, Peace News