Paul Witcover graciously asked me to read for the May 5th New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series.I brought two short selections from my upcoming novel, Yarn.
What is Yarn? you ask. The following is from my wonderful agent, Ginger Clark:
Set in the future, it’s a kind of SF that has been called “fashionpunk.” It’s the back story of a minor character in Grey (the main character’s tailor, named Tane Cedar). Tane is now a very successful, wealthy tailor who has never married and lives a somewhat solitary life. One day his lost love, Vada, shows up mysteriously at his office and asks him to make her a coat made of a drug similar to heroin. She’s dying, and she wants to pass away in peace. She then disappears, and Tane must journey around the world (which is over populated, polluted, and also abandoned—a little like the futuristic worlds of Stephenson and Philip K Dick) to find her this illegal, rare material. Along the way, we find how Tane went from growing up in the conforming, dictatorial suburbs (called “slubs”) of future Seattle and eventually escaping to the city, where he was involved with some fringe groups involved in taking down massive corporations. Along the way, he encounters three important women in his life—including Vada.
The program was recorded by the executive producer of the series, Jim Freund.