Feb 3, 2011

Covering Covers: Flashback - Dan Simmons

Cover Artist: Unknown

This. Please.

Artists take note - this is a great cover. It's striking without being off-putting and simultaneously recognizable and mysterious. It attracts the right kind of attention, the kind that isn't accompanied by weird looks on the bus. Reagan Arthur has hit a home run, and based on the brief summary provided, I wouldn't be surprised if Dan Simmons has done the same.
The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.
Versatile...I guess that's one way to describe a genre author that was drafted into the "big leagues" of literature. Simmons has dabbled in niche markets with his last few books - it's only a matter of time before he gets the mainstream attention he deserves. Look for Flashback in the "respectable" section of the book store this July.

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