Sunday, April 14, 2019

Nine modern SFF rock mythologies

Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative, and also writes literary criticism and reviews at At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog they tagged nine modern sci-fi & fantasy rock mythologies, including:
Little Heroes, by Norman Spinrad

Glorianna O’Toole, a burnt-out former hippie known as “The Crazy Old Lady of Rock’n’Roll” is hired (okay, more like blackmailed) by Muzik Inc. to make them a new rock star with more of the old spirit and edge. With the aid of two young computer programmers and a weird hallucinogenic technology, Glorianna creates the perfect rock star to boost the fortunes of Muzik, Inc.—but as their new singer is adopted by an underground movement and personal tensions flare between the programmers, a war breaks out between artificial rockstars and corporations over the fate of reality itself. It’s a cyberpunk epic about the power and anti-authoritarian nature of rock, with Spinrad’s chaotic sense of humor and occasional insane flourishes (hallucinogenic software, an underground movement called the “Reality Liberation Front”) elevating it from being just another fable about the power of music.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue