|Afterparty, Daryl Gregory’s near-future SF novel about neuroscience, drugs, crime, and religion, is MG’s May Fantastic Firsts Pick. Russell Letson of Locus Magazine notes: “This is a real science-fiction crime thriller: the old evils and insanities are all there, given new twists by the double-edged blades of science and technology. And, like the best crime and SF novels, those moral and philosophical questions linger, after the mere whodunnit puzzles have been solved.”|
It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right.
About the Author
Daryl Gregory is the award-winning science fiction author who's been reading comics before he knew how to read words. As well as writing Planet of the Apes, he's the co-writer, with Kurt Busiek, of Dracula: The Company of Monsters. His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. The Devil's Alphabet, his second novel, was a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and was named by Publisher's Weekly as one of the best books of the year. His third book, Raising Stony Mayhall, is out now. Daryl lives in State College, PA, where there are many bears, but few apes.