Sputnik's Children

Sputnik's Children

A Novel

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"Cult comic book creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi has been riding the success of her Cold War era-inspired superhero series, Sputnik Chick: Girl with No Past, for more than 25 years. But with the comic book losing fans and Debbie struggling to come up with new plotlines for her badass, mutant-killing heroine, she decides to finally tell Sputnik Chick's origin story. Debbie's never had to make anything up before and she isn't starting now. Sputnik Chick is based on Debbie's own life in an alternate timeline called Atomic Mean Time. As a teenager growing up in Shipman's Corners -- a Rust Belt town voted by Popular Science magazine as 'most likely to be nuked' -- she was recruited by a self-proclaimed time traveller to collapse Atomic Mean Time before an all-out nuclear war grotesquely altered humanity. In trying to save the world, Debbie risked obliterating everyone she'd ever loved -- as well as her own past -- in the process. Or so she believes... Present-day Debbie is addicted to lorazepam and dirty, wet martinis, making her an unreliable narrator, at best. A time-bending novel that delves into the origin story of the Girl with No Past, Sputnik's Children explores what it was like to come of age in the Atomic Age." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, ECW Press Ltd.,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781770413412
1770413413
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 22 cm

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liljables Oct 31, 2017

We meet our heroine, Debbie Reynolds Biondi, at a comic convention where she's meeting-and-greeting fans of her Cold War-era superhero comic, Sputnik Chick: Girl with No Past. It's clear to Debbie that her fans are dying to know more about Sputnik Chick's origins, but in order to deliver on this ... Read More »


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liljables Oct 31, 2017

We meet our heroine, Debbie Reynolds Biondi, at a comic convention where she's meeting-and-greeting fans of her Cold War-era superhero comic, Sputnik Chick: Girl with No Past. It's clear to Debbie that her fans are dying to know more about Sputnik Chick's origins, but in order to deliver on this long-delayed promise, she'll have to delve into her own painful and confusing past. We learn that Sputnik Chick IS Debbie Biondi, and every fantastical issue of the "fictional" comic series is actually a chapter from Debbie's life in Atomic Mean Time. What (or when) is that, you ask? Well, of course, each time an atomic bomb is detonated, a new timeline calves off the original course of time, and Atomic Mean Time is the first of these timelines, running parallel to our own, having been birthed at the conclusion of the Manhattan Project. Obviously.

Still with me? Once you accept this sci-fi concession, you can settle into Debbie's back-story pretty comfortably (although, be warned - there will be time travel). Present-day Debbie relies heavily on a diet of Lorazepam and dirty martinis, so she makes for a very unreliable narrator. Getting to the heart of what motivates her substance abuse is a twisty, fast-paced trip through Debbie's foggy remembrances. You'll be wondering whether the whimsy of Atomic Mean Time is a coping mechanism for deeper childhood and adolescent traumas right up to the last page - and for days after you put this book down. If you like your science fiction or fantasy in small doses among more recognizable, contemporary landmarks, or if you enjoy the idea of 20th century pop culture with a dash of fantasy, Sputnik's Children will be right up your alley.

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