Zodiac: an Eco-Thriller
by Neal Stephenson
Cover Artist: Patrick Arrasmith
Review by Andrea Johnson
Subterranean Press Limited Edition / Trade H ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596062487
Date: 01 August 2010 / Show Article /
Imagine if you could be a superhero. Save people's lives, keep families safe, make sure large corporations aren't taking advantage of the little people, do your part to help the world. Sangamon Taylor, who goes by ST, does that for a living. He isn't a caped or masked crusader, his landlord is about to evict him, the newspapers affectionately refer to him as an ecoterrorist, and he's no stranger to spending the night in jail. So much for saving the world. Neal Stephenson's Zodiac is ST's first person version of his exploits and adventures, and he can be as obnoxious and volatile as the chemicals he rails against. From official release/information:
Description: In 1988, long before Snow Crash brought him international recognition, Neal Stephenson published Zodiac, a razor sharp "eco-thriller" filled with an instantly recognizable blend of wit, erudition, and intelligence.
The hero of Zodiac is Sangamon Taylor, aka S.T. As a leading member of GEE – the Group of Environmental Extremists—S.T. has spent years waging guerilla warfare against the forces responsible for undermining the ecology of the Eastern seaboard. When he learns that a large number of lobsters pulled from Boston Harbor have exhibited alarming levels of a carcinogenic substance called PCB, S.T., along with a colorful band of like-minded cohorts, begins to investigate. Following a toxic trail that encompasses corporate malfeasance, genetic engineering, and presidential politics, he uncovers a conspiracy as vicious, devious, and potentially lethal as any he has ever encountered.
Written in an utterly unique voice that combines the encyclopedic knowledge of Thomas Pynchon with the hard-boiled cadences of James Crumley, Zodiac is an exhilarating, hugely entertaining novel that is thoughtful, funny, and deeply serious all at once. More than twenty years after its initial publication, it stands both as a singular accomplishment in its own right, and as a harbinger of the masterpieces to come.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, housed in a custom slipcase
(Source: Subterranean Press)