Books by Richard Calder

CYTHERA by Richard Calder
Released: April 1, 1998

"More from the high mucky-muck of psychosexual cyber-solipsism."
Another near-future computer/robot/sex-grunge yarn from Calder, but not nearly as unpleasant as the author's Dead Things (1997), etc. Here, Dr. Max Moroder, an "iatrogenic psychiatrist," queer, and ex-inmate of Boys Town prison, wanders Antarctica (now a city complex) accompanied by Dahlia Chan, a sort of female virtual-reality Bruce Lee from the "fibrespace" of Earth2, who can incorporate on Earthl via her coffin-like Translator (but only at night). Read full book review >
DEAD THINGS by Richard Calder
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Obsessive, murky, horrid; the only thing missing is the government health warning."
Third in Calder's sometimes fascinating but, latterly, disgusting trilogy about the robot-vampire plague of Meta; strange to say, the publishers quote Kirkus's remark ``a thoroughly unpleasant piece of business'' (on Dead Boys, p. 30) with approval. Read full book review >
DEAD BOYS by Richard Calder
Released: March 11, 1996

"A thoroughly unpleasant piece of business—exhibitionistic, disgusting, misogynistic, and pointless: Standard splatterpunk (K.W. Jeter, for instance, or S.P. Somtow) looks quite jolly by comparison."
Sequel to last year's Dead Girls, Calder's cyberpunksplatterpunkish near-future novel about robot vampire females, or Lilim. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRLS by Richard Calder
Released: June 1, 1995

"Wild, daring, confused, brash, pyrotechnic, but with some fascinating ideas bubbling up: an intriguing and encouraging debut."
Soon after the creation of lifelike robot women is perfected by Cartier, a mysterious virus absorbs their characteristics and infects human womenturning them into ``dead girls'' with doll-like roboticized bodies, but having the needs and habits of vampires. Read full book review >