The Android’s Dream
I opened the book, and my eyes stopped dead in their tracks.
Dirk Moeller didn’t know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident. But he was ready to find out.
So begins the first paragraph of John Scalzi’s brilliant, hilarious, and horrifyingly plausible novel of a near-future human society. An extraordinary tale – it’s as though Philip K. Dick collaborated with Machiavelli, and this book of political intrigue, comparative religion, bioengineering, and the fate of the Evolved Sheep was the result. The comedy is played so straight that some pages need a disbelieving second read before they sink in; the element of parody is inserted so deftly that it’s clear only in hindsight, as the banality of society’s absurdity masks it.
Absolutely worthy of the literary works it references. Find it. Read it. You won’t regret it.