An inspired and brilliant paean to the old millennium and harbinger of the new, brimming with wit, flair, and insight: Y2K’s...

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ZEITGEIST

Turn-of-the-millennium spectacular, from the estimable Sterling (Distraction, 1998, etc.). Impresario Lech “Leggy” Starlitz arrives in the impoverished Turkish half of Cyprus (“Houseplants had eaten all the homes. Feral lemons and oranges supported a miniecosystem of rats and stray dogs”) ready to launch his girl band, G-7, at the Islamic world. The girls, known by their nationalities (the French One, the American One, etc.) can’t play or sing, though Leggy knows it’s not about music but concept. He has only one rule: it ends at Y2K. His new partner is Mehmet Ozbey, a handsome Turk with friends in the secret police and ways to launder money. To Mehmet, Leggy makes one further stipulation: none of the girls must die. Then Leggy discovers he has a daughter by his lesbian ex: 11-year-old Zeta loves G-7 and has telekinetic abilities—so long as there are no recording devices in the vicinity. And soon, despite his wheeling and dealing with Russian gangsters, Leggy’s squeezed out by Mehmet. He decides it’s time to disappear, so he smuggles himself and Zeta into the US in order to contact his father. The latter, having been at ground zero in the first nuclear bomb test, has become delocalized in time: he exists “anywhen” in the 20th century and speaks entirely in palindromes. Thereafter, Leggy turns straight, working in a 7-11, sending Zeta to school—until he learns that Mehmet intends to continue G-7 into the next millennium; worse, he has allowed some of the girls to die. Time for Leggy to intervene.

An inspired and brilliant paean to the old millennium and harbinger of the new, brimming with wit, flair, and insight: Y2K’s Catch-22.

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2000

ISBN: 0-553-10493-4

Page Count: 310

Publisher: Spectra/Bantam

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2000

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QUEST FOR TOMORROW

($24.00; Feb.; 240 pp.; 0-06-105118-7):  What can possibly beat space hero Jim Endicott's previous adventures?  In Step Into Chaos (1999), and its predecessors, he killed his father, got killed himself, then was resurrected and transformed into a godlike entity, the Omega Point.  But since god-Jim went back in time to alter his own past and unkill his father, that all happened in another universe.  So now there are two Jims in two universes undergoing different trials and adventures.  Will they meet?  Stick with Shatner's latest interminable series and you'll find out - probably - eventually….

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-06-105118-7

Page Count: 240

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2000

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