Science Fiction Book Club: Vurt by Jeff Noon
Scribble and his gang, the Stash Riders, haunt the streets of an alternate Manchester, chasing the immersive highs that come from Vurt Feathers. Place a feather in your mouth and it takes you to the Vurt: another place, a trip, a shared reality of all our dreams and mythologies.
Different coloured feathers provide different experiences, but Scribble is searching for his lost love and only one feather offers the hope of finding her. It's the ultimate feather, it may not even exist at all: Curious Yellow.
But as the Game Cat says, "Be careful, be very careful. This ride is not for the weak."
First published in 1993, Jeff Noon's extraordinary, influential, award-winning novel transcended SF boundaries and resisted categorization. Alluding to noir and surrealism alike, it was defiantly its own thing and remains so thirty years later.
"I remember my sharp delight, in 1993 on first discovering Vurt's hallucinogenic VR-induced Manchester. It instantly became one of my favourite examples of new directions in science fiction, and remains so these decades later!"
- William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and The Peripheral
"An intense, blistering story about the price of knowledge, full of dreamers and borderlands."
- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
JEFF NOON is an award-winning British novelist, short story writer and
playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His previous book, The Body Library, was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award.