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36 Streets

T R Napper

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Titan Books Ltd
02 January 2022
Altered Carbon and The Wind-Up Girl meet Apocalypse Now in this fast-paced, intelligent, action-driven cyberpunk, probing questions of memory, identity and the power of narratives.

Lin 'The Silent One' Vu is a gangster and sometime private investigator living in Chinese-occupied Hanoi, in the steaming, paranoid alleyways of the 36 Streets. Born in Vietnam, raised in Australia, everywhere she is an outsider.

Through grit and courage Lin has carved a place for herself in the Vietnamese underworld where Hanoi's crime boss, Bao Nguyen, is training her to fight and lead. Bao drives her hard; on the streets there are no second chances. Meanwhile the people of Hanoi are succumbing to Fat Victory - a dangerously addictive immersive simulation of the US-Vietnam war.

When an Englishman comes to Hanoi on the trail of his friend's murderer, Lin's life is turned upside down. She is drawn into the grand conspiracies of the neon gods - of regimes and mega-corporations - as they unleash dangerous new technologies.

Lin must confront the immutable moral calculus of unjust wars. She must choose: family, country, or gang. Blood, truth, or redemption. No choice is easy on the 36 Streets.
By:   T R Napper
Imprint:   Titan Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9781789097412
ISBN 10:   178909741X
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 January 2022
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

T. R. Napper is a multi-award-winning author, including the Aurealis for best short story. His work has appeared in annual 'Year's Best' anthologies, and he has been published in respected genre magazines in the US, the UK, Israel, Austria, Australia, Singapore, and Vietnam. His short story collection, Neon Leviathan, is out now, and his debut novel will be published Titan Books in January 2022. Before turning to writing, T. R. Napper was an aid worker, having lived throughout Southeast Asia for over a decade delivering humanitarian programs. During this period, he received a commendation from the Government of Laos for his work with the poor. Napper is also a scholar of East and Southeast Asian literature; he received a creative writing doctorate for his thesis: The Dark Century: 1946 - 2046. Noir, Cyberpunk, and Asian Modernity. T. R. Napper is a fan of Philip K Dick, Ursula Le Guin, Kazuo Ishuguro, and Kurt Vonnegut, and has a particular obsession with the movie Blade Runner. After 15 years living in Mongolia, Laos, and Vietnam he now lives in Australia. He does not own a cat. Two young boys are quite enough.

Reviews for 36 Streets

Praise for T R Napper Haunting and iridescent - combines the paranoid weirdness of the best Philip K Dick, the chilly but cool-as-fuck future gleam of cyberpunk, and an achingly beautiful literary inflection reminiscent of mainstream heavyweights like Murakami or Ishiguro. T. R. Napper's futures feel at once gritty and vertiginous and close-focus human in the way only the best SF can manage. Whatever roadmap he's working from, I can't wait to see where he's taking us next. Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon Heartbreaking... it evokes the depth of Chinese history, the successive wars, the poetry that expresses both the love of the landscape and the pain of the soldier leaving home, perhaps never to return. (for Dark on a Darkling Earth) Locus Magazine T R Napper's cyberpunk story is a standout [in the collection], featuring a download with the tension of a high-speed chase (for Twelve Minutes to Vinh Quang ) Publisher's Weekly The story is by turns blackly funny, speculatively impressive, and bleakly moving. (for A Strange Loop) Rich Horton, Locus Magazine wonderfully strange (for An Advanced Guide to Successful Price-Fixing in Extraterrestrial Betting Markets ) sci fi review Darkly gonzoid (for An Advanced Guide to Successful Price-Fixing in Extraterrestrial Betting Markets ) Locus Magazine The whole reads like a fever dream (for The Great Buddhist Monk Beat Down ) Tangent Online Thrilling and Moving (for Ghosts of a Neon God) Rocket Stack Rank


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