"Neal Barrett, Jr. is able to perform a strange virtuoso balancing act, that of being at once a regional writer, immersed in the idiosyncratic concerns of the people of a well-defined geographical milieu, and a writer who can range freely across the wider universe and its sundry timelines."
— Nick Gevers, infinity plus

"Asel, you simply must come along," Peter said. "Robbie's bought Spayne. He wants us all to go and see."

It's a truly splendid day. With Asel's marriage to the lovely Loreli the two great Houses of Christler-Coke and Pepsicoma-Dodge will become as one — a union that will finally swallow all of America East, and leave hapless lesser nobles in the cold.

Ducky Du-Pontiac Heinz has other ideas. With help from the wily scion of Disney-Dow, black choppers descend on Iacola Keep in a hostile takeover that brings both families to ruin.

Life quickly goes to pot for the deposed Prince of Christler-Coke. Banished to The National Executive Rehabilitation Facility (NERF) in Dry Rock, Oklahomer, Asel learns he has to dress himself, eat bad food, and wear Poly Hester suits.

Escaping with another imprisoned noble, Sylvan Lee McCree of Dixie-DataDog, Asel discovers an America he never imagined in his darkest dreams. After hazardous encounters with the TechsMechs Rangers, he is captured again, this time by the sexually repressed Nones of Our Lady of Reluctant Desire. He meets the first poor, hungry, and badly dressed people he has ever seen.

There are enough bizarre characters in Prince of Christler-Coke to make Asel's tour of the West hazardous at best: Phil the mechanical bear; Al the last of the Utes; a mall full of robot shoppers; and Asel's arch-nemesis, the vile Jackie Cee, Lord of Califoggy State, ruler of Sekwoyah Heights.

Author Neal Barrett Jr. gives us a wry, sardonic look at a possible future that is all too frighteningly real. And, as always with Barrett, there's his masterful style and irreverent humor that holds a mirror up to both the darkness and the light. . . .

Cover art by Nicholas Jainschigg.

"Neal Barrett's voice is not only unmistakable; you realize after a sentence or two that it's been there all along . . . He has a genius for coming at stories obliquely, for writing from the inside, as though the story itself came out of the very society it depicts . . . Neal Barrett is incapable of writing a bad sentence, a bad line — or anything other than an outstanding story."
— James Sallis, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Praise for the author's first Golden Gryphon Press book:
"[Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories] is the first 'must buy' of the new millennium. Don't miss out."
— Jonathan Strahan, Locus

Cloth, ISBN: 1-930846-28-2
Book #36

Out of Print

  • Read the Publishers Weekly review

  • Read Faren Miller's review in Locus

  • Read the Rocky Mountain News review

  • Read Rick Kleffel's commentary in The Agony Column for 08-10-2004 (scroll down)

  • Read the review on SFRevu

  • Read Rich Horton's review on SF Site

  • Read the review in SFRA Review

  • Read the review in Australia's Ticonderoga Online

  • Read an excerpt from Prince of Christler-Coke on Revolution SF online


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