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Matiasz, G A

Entry updated 21 February 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1952-    ) US journalist and author, active in the former capacity from the 1970s, best known for his column as by Lefty Hooligan in Maximum Rocknroll from 1992 to 2020. His first novel, End Time: Notes on the Apocalypse (1994), is set in a Near Future world dominated by an America in thrall to its corporations and attempting to crush revolts across the planet; a group of antiwar students, in possession of a secret Weapon, declare the independence of the City of Oakland (see California). 1% Free (2016), set in a different but similar Near Future world, is an sf thriller whose detective protagonist discovers that a murder case he is attempting to solve involves an Alien visitor to Los Angeles; The Death of David Pickett (2018 chap) is set earlier in the same universe.

Dusted by Stars (2022), though it is set in a Space Opera galaxy heavily in debt to the SF Megatext, intensifies Matiasz's intense occasionally pellmell style in a tale which (traditionally) a young entrepreneur, with his own ship for hire, takes on a cargo the mystery of whose origin and function will shake the universe. It is known as the sangrael. It seems to be a fragment of a true artefact left behind by a long-disappeared Forerunner. The energy of the telling is both manifest and joyful. [JC]

G A Matiasz

born California?: 1952

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