At four-thirty one Saturday afternoon the laws of physics as we know them underwent a change. Electronic devices, cars, industries stopped. The lights went out. Any technology more complicated than a lever or pulley simply wouldn't work. A new set of rules took its place—laws that could only be called magic. Ninety-nine percent of humanity has simply vanished. Cities lie abandoned. Supernatural creatures wander the silenced achievements of a halted civilization.
Pete Garey has survived the Change and its ensuing chaos. He wanders the southeastern United States, scavenging, lying low. Learning. One day he makes an unexpected friend: a smartassed unicorn with serious attitude. Pete names her Ariel and teaches her how to talk, how to read, and how to survive in a world in which a unicorn horn has become a highly prized commodity.When they learn that there is a price quite literally on Ariel's head, the two unlikely companions set out from Atlanta to Manhattan to confront the sorcerer who wants her horn. And so begins a haunting, epic, and surprisingly funny journey through the remnants of a halted civilization in a desolated world.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Ariel by Steven R. Boyett - Then and Now
There is a lot of buzz going around about the reissue (last month) of Ariel, a post apocalyptic fantasy by Steven R. Boyett that is to be followed by Elegy Beach in November - a sequel 25 years after the original. Given the themes it seems only logical that it is being embraced as urban fantasy. I went rummaging around in my SF&F collection and came up with a copy of the original book. Even though it was there, I have no recollection of reading the book which I will have to remedy. What struck me the most was the cover. What a difference 25 years makes. Is that really Barry Manilow on the cover? Would you pick up a book if it had this style of cover art today?