The People's Republic of Everything
by Nick Mamatas; Nick Mamatas
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Pub Date 08 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 03 Dec 2018
—China Miéville, author ofEmbassytown
Welcome to the People's Republic of Everything—of course, you've been here for a long time already. Make yourself at home alongside a hitman who always tells the truth, no matter how reality has to twist itself to suit; electric matchstick girls who have teamed up with Friedrich Engels; a telepathic boy and his father's homemade nuclear bomb; a very bad date that births an unforgettable meme; and a dog who simply won't stop howling on social media.
The People's Republic of Everything features a decade's worth of crimes, fantasies, original fiction, and the author's preferred text of the acclaimed short novelUnder My Roof.
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Praise for The People's Republic of Everything
"[Starred] Each tale is entertaining on its surface, but all hold a deeper meaning . . . This collection will be an easy sell to readers who enjoy genre-blending authors of thought-provoking and topical tales, such as Jeffrey Ford, China Miéville, and Jeff VanderMeer."
“The 15 stories in Mamatas’s strong collection show impressive imaginative range, cutting across the boundaries of fantasy and science fiction and veering into territory that defies genre pigeonholing.”
“Bay Area author Nick Mamatas is renowned in his work and in his online presence as witty and perspicacious; his new collection will bolster that reputation . . . brilliant, oddball.”
“The People's Republic of Everything is a subversive and darkly humorous collection of stories showcasing author Nick Mamatas's ability to work across a variety of genres.”
“Mamatas is such a great novelist that it's easy to forget he also writes superb short stories. This collection is a testament to his short-form chops, and a powerful one at that.”
“Nick Mamatas is the gadfly that makes the horse buck—whip-smart and no bullshit and with one hell of a bite. These are canny, nimble stories that navigate between genre and literature, and are unlike what anyone else is writing.”
—Brian Evenson, author of The Warren and Fugue State
“Mamatas at his best. Makes me laugh. Makes me drop things. Makes me read on. Makes me run for cover.”
―Terry Bisson, author of Bears Discover Fire
“How does speculative fiction retain its relevance in an era when daily events feel fictitious and the mere possibility of a future seems speculative? If anyone knows the answer, it’s Nick Mamatas. The People’s Republic of Everything is a great leap forward. Let’s hope there’s somewhere to land.”
—Jarett Kobek, author of I Hate the Internet
“Mamatas extracts the essence of several sub-genres and cult followings that are in themselves so niche, obscure, and esoteric and creates a genre that is uniquely him . . . Kerouac’s language, Lovecraft’s atmosphere, and Bukowski’s coarseness.”
“Nick Mamatas is a sharp, sarcastic, amazing writer whose fiction runs the gamut from horror to speculative to literary . . . a great collection.”
“The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts is without a doubt one of the more engaging and original science-fiction stories I have read recently.”
“Author Nick Mamatas’ latest book The People’s Republic of Everything is another must read.”
Praise for Nick Mamatas
On I Am Providence
“Just what I'd expect from Nick Mamatas: sharp wit, biting but humane social commentary, and, for the romantics among us, a faceless narrator decomposing at the morgue.”
—Matt Ruff, author of Bad Monkeys and Lovecraft Country
“Mamatas knows his subject inside and out, and that makes I Am Providence all the more cutting. He's a fan himself, as well as a skeptic, and he turns his considerable authority and satirical skill toward skewering the subculture that's grown up around Lovecraft over the past century.”
—Jason Heller, NPR
“Dark and hilarious . . . I Am Providence is that murder-mystery-in-a-writers-convention you didn't even know you wanted, but (like the human skin-bound book which propels the plot) you really must buy.”
—Lavie Tidhar, author of Central Station and Osama
“[Starred Review] A great choice for readers who enjoyed Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country; those who liked the dark humor, mystery, and speculative elements in Ben H. Winters’ The Last Policeman trilogy; and anyone who has ever been part of a fandom.”
“Dark and funny, a fantastic mix of horror and mystery. It pokes fun at tropes—both meta or otherwise—and successfully skewers some of the more ridiculous aspects of the publishing industry.”
On Under My Roof
“[Starred Review] A big-bang ending caps the fast-paced novel, and there's much fun to be had watching Mamatas merrily skewer his targets.”
“What about the Great American Suburban Novel? Somewhere in there, as of now, you almost have to include Nick Mamatas’ Under My Roof, an oddball, occasionally hilarious, surprisingly wise and out-and-out subversive little pocket-nuke of a book.”
—San Diego Union Tribune
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Author events/appearances to include national events and in the San Francisco Bay Area, including book launch at the World Science Fiction Convention (August 2018)
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Average rating from 25 members
An absolutely amazing collection from the BRILLIANT Nick Mamatas. Everything Nick writes is golden but this is his best to date. I'll be writing a full review on Ink Heist closer to publication date and will post links to it here at that time.
It's time for me to lament about how these stories were too short and I need more. Okay, I'm done. This book is a collection of short stories with topics that are wildly different enough to hold your attention but not so different that they jump from one genre to another. I enjoyed the twists and turns with each story, and the influences of the ones I picked up one. This collection was edited well with each story seemingly flowing to the next while standard apart from each other. I enjoyed the first and last story the best (isn't that always how it goes) and wished for more from all the others. For any SFF nerd this collection should be on the top of their TBR.
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