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Midnight Express Books is proud to introduce
VASSAR SMITH
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In the Twenty-fourth century, when crime is at an all-time high, and human fertility at an all-time low, both problems are alleviated by a medical break¬through--the Retrogression Procedure. Instead of serving long prison terms, serious or repeat offenders are retrogressed, i.e. medically transformed back into the beings that they were at one tenth their current age. Thence, with new parents and reeducation, maybe they will turn out the model citizens they weren't before. Soon, however, "retros" become the major target of prejudice.
Despite mistakes in his remote past, retro Michael Tadlock, once more an adult, has lived an exemplary life for thirty years. A devoted husband and father, he is also a distinguished professor, teaching history at Burroughs University on terraformed Mars. Yet, when he travels to Earth to receive a prestigious award, he is arrested on an ex post facto law, convicted by a kangaroo court, and sentenced to another retrogression. As a child with an adult's perspective, Michael sees much in a different light and undergoes many adventures, some harrowing, others hilarious.
Michael Remembers is not just an exciting future fantasy novel. It is also a mordantly funny and keenly insightful allegory about political abuse and rampant injustice in our on time. The perceptive reader will recognize and appreciate both the manifest comedy and the serious message between the lines.
ISBN-13: 978-1461032403
278 pages
$14.95
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A sequel of sorts to Smith's 2012 science fiction/social satire/thriller MICHAEL REMEMBERS, this somewhat longer, still deeply thoughtful, but exponentially funnier novel expands the author's wry but gratifying view of life on our planet (and several others) some 400 years in the future.
The initial segment is a "recovered" notebook by the late Michael Tadlock, recounting succinctly the last three decades of his long life (150 years), especially the details concerning Sebastus ('Bast") Tadlock, the youngest and brightest but also most wayward of his grandchildren. Bast is a chip off the old block in that, like his grandfather, he nearly ruins his life through acts of bad judgment in his youth, but then wises up and, given a second chance, more than redeems himself. In fact he literally helps save several worlds when our solar system is attacked by an amphibian race of predatory aliens in 2453.
Although the immediate attack is thwarted by the intervention of a race of large, handsome humans called the Scidron, it becomes Bast's task (as a high-ranking officer of the Martian Space Corps) to determine whether the Scidron are really as friendly and benevolent as they maintain, or whether they in fact harbor sinister ulterior designs for the future of Earth and Mars. An epic friendship develops between Bast and Weden, captain of the Scidron Battle cruiser Heorot, and many exciting, often quite funny adventures ensue. Bast's Record transcends most science fiction works with its wry, alternative perspective on modem human history, its subtle but sustained literary tribute to Karel Capek and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and one of the most apt, poetically just, and utterly hilarious endings in modem literature.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9898748-9-2
342 pages
$14.95