Hailed as the novel that reinvented cyberpunk, The 30th Anniversary edition of Jeff Noon's award winning cult classic, Vurt.
Scribble and his gang, the Stash Riders, haunt the streets of an alternate Manchester, chasing the immersive highs that come from Vurt Feathers. Place a feather in your mouth and it takes you to the Vurt: another place, a trip, a shared reality of all our dreams and mythologies.
Different coloured feathers provide different experiences, but Scribble is searching for his lost love and only one feather offers the hope of finding her. It’s the ultimate feather, it may not even exist at all: Curious Yellow.
But as the Game Cat says, “Be careful, be very careful. This ride is not for the weak.”
First published in 1993, Jeff Noon’s extraordinary, influential, award-winning novel transcended SF boundaries and resisted categorization. Alluding to noir and surrealism alike, it was defiantly its own thing and remains so thirty years later.
File Under: Fantasy [ Curious Yellow | Urban Wonderland | Game Cat | Living on the Dub Side ]
About the Author
JEFF NOON is an award-winning British novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt , the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His previous book, The Body Library , was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award.
“I remember my sharp delight, in 1993 on first discovering Vurt’s hallucinogenic VR-induced Manchester. It instantly became one of my favourite examples of new directions in science fiction, and remains so these decades later!” – William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and The Peripheral
“An intense, blistering story about the price of knowledge, full of dreamers and borderlands.” – Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
“Passionate, distinctive, demanding and enthralling.” – The Times
“A gripping piece of speculative fiction.” – The Guardian
“Refreshing, disturbing and original.” – The Independent
“An audacious fantasia, exhibiting a narrative daring and command few new writers can boast, sweeping the reader along as though it were a Vurt feather-trip itself.” – Publishers Weekly
“Subversive, transgressive. It gets under your skin like Cronenberg.” – Chuck Wendig
“These books, the best books, discover the essential human notes of their times, and they ring so strongly down the decades that we remember them still.” – Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan
“Vivid, restless, street-writing, neon-noir, ranging widely through fantasies and rationalities. An utterly unique, quite brilliant piece of writing.” – Adam Roberts, author of Jack Glass
“Vurt was a better Philip K. Dick novel than most of Dick’s own books” – Richard Kadrey