The Nebula Nominated Breakthrough Novel!
The book that ushered in the 21st century—in 1975! So far ahead of its time that no one knew what to make of it!
"…recommended to readers of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett." —The PorPor Books Blog
"This strange novel-parable launched Cover’s long SF career in 1975. Cover swirls a phantasmagoric slew of allusions, quasi-references, and escapist 'sampling' into something Harlan Ellison’s introduction calls 'entertainingly meaningful.'" —Publisher's Weekly 2015
Autumn Angels is a fast moving, anarchistic romp, filled with pop culture references, in which the clichés and conventions of sci-fi are used as slapstick props, just like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—written four years prior.
"Three Godlike men (the lawyer, the fat man and the demon) … seek to give a godlike humanity depression, in an attempt to make their race seek purpose and become the ultimate species in the universe. What follows is … a novel which plunges you into an original sci-fi world which raises thought provoking questions throughout the plot. …fast paced with engaging and unique characters ... thought provoking and emotive ... Buy it now or I will send you to the antimatter universe." —Adam Gent, Goodreads
"It takes the materials of everyday entertainments—pulp heroes, movies, comics, detective stories—and transforms them …. into a gestalt that is fresh. ...The lawyer is modeled after Doc Savage's sidekick, 'Ham'; the fat man is Sidney Greenstreet; the gunsel is Elisha Cook, Jr. in The Maltese Falcon; the Big Red Cheese is Captain Marvel; the Queen of England who calls herself a virgin is Elizabeth I; the ace reporter is Lois Lane; the zany imp from the Fifth Dimension is Mr. Mxyzptlk, and both the imp and Lois are, of course, from the Superman comics; the godlike man with no name is Clint Eastwood in the Sergio Leone-directed spaghetti westerns; the galactic hero with two right arms is Harry Harrison's Bill, the Galactic Hero; the fuzzy (but boring) little green balls of Sharkosh are Star Trek scenarist David Gerrold's tribbles; and you can figure out for yourself the true identities or esoteric references for The Ebony Kings, the poet, the shrink, the bems, the other fat man and his witty leg man, and on and on." —Harlan Ellison
No wonder Autumn Angels is over the top, the author lists as influences the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Richard Lester, the silent comedians, Woody Allen, Harry Harrison, Keith Laumer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dorothy Parker, Hemingway, Jeeves and Wooster, Phil Dick, Robert Sheckley, and Alfred Bester.
"…agile inventiveness … extraordinary salience and outlandishness … astonishing imagination … grotesque and hilarious … honest and often truly beautiful … shocking and exultant. …nothing like the usual sf fare. I read it through in one sitting." —A.A. Attanasio, author, Radix
"...filled with enough wild images and witty dialogues to equal five books by a lesser writer." —Amazon review
Cover: Ron Cobb.