The Man Who Melted
by Jack Dann
Cover Artist: Nick Stathopoulous
Review by Ernest Lilley
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591024873
Date: 02 January, 2007 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
This tale of tapping into a consensual consciousness beyond the grave is put together from a quartet of short stories written between 1981 and 83...which places it just before Cyberpunk's magnum opus, Neurormancer, was written. Which is interesting, because if you transpose the notion of computer connections with the beyond with access to the web, you've got very similar worlds. Robert Silverberg talks about the continuum of engineering versus fabulistic fiction in the introduction, noting that Dann is writing a future of his imagination rather than projections, but if you were to place The Man Who Melted on such a scale, it would only be a bit further into the fantastic than William Gibson's breakout novel. In many respects it turns out to address the same themes. From official release/information:
Book Description: The Man Who Melted is a warning for the future. It is the Brave New World and 1984 for our time, for it gives us a glimpse into our own future--a future ruled by corporations that control deadly and powerful forms of mass manipulation. It is a prediction of what could happen...tomorrow.
The Man Who Melted examines how technology affects us and changes our morality, and it questions how we might remain human in an inhuman world. Will the future disenfranchise or empower the individual? Here you'll find new forms of sexuality, new perversions, new epiphanies, and an entirely new form of consciousness.
Would you pay to "go down" with the Titanic? In this dystopia the Titanic is brought back from the bottom of the sea and refurbished, only to be sunk again for those who want the ultimate decadent experience. Some passengers pay to commit suicide by "going under" with the ship.