Thursday, March 16, 2017

PARADISE GARDENS, LAUNCH DAY!! Review, art, author guest post


So glad to see Paradise Gardens join The Anarchist's Girlfriend in a special edition. The early 70's, 80's in NYC was a time of ideology, art and politics. Anarchist who believed in organic food, crazy socialists,a nihiist artist, and The Anarchist's Girlfriend, a mystic designer of clothes of the future and go-go dancer. It is a lighter book. Reagan & alt rt were a darker time, when I began Paradise Gardens. It's a dystopia where our brands are feudal lords, on corporate business estates. A bit close to the bone for 2017. But resistance is the message at end.



So glad to see Paradise Gardens join The Anarchist's Girlfriend in a special edition. The early 70's, 80's in NYC was a time of ideology, art and politics. Anarchist who believed in organic food, crazy socialists,a nihiist artist, and The Anarchist's Girlfriend, a mystic designer of clothes of the future and go-go dancer. It is a lighter book. Reagan & alt rt were a darker time, when I began Paradise Gardens. It's a dystopia where our brands are feudal lords, on corporate business estates. Resistance is the message at end.

I appreciate support of these new editions. and if a person would like to buy these books, please consider buying directly from the publisher www.pelekinesis.com. The Amazon brand takes 60% of any sale. Small presses, like microbreweries, make books with care.










Greenwich village of 2250s, reconstructed for professionals of the United Business Estates in PARADISE GARDENS. talk w/ 4/24

“We have no control over city governments and the
Old Fed, whether the government’s garrisoned themselves
or not,” said Nate from his seat, eliciting some
laughs.

“Abdicated their authority,” said the man. “Why
should my company have to pay off your local drug warlords?”

“A living situation you control is not an idle slogan,”
said Madge soothingly. “We’re talking about business as
government. That’s what you purchase. Our engineers have more than a vision. You can see the
prospectus.”

Now the man looked enthusiastic. “My country is
working on a bubble over our islands. Isn’t this similar?”

“The United Business Estates is a Federation of Corporate
Businesses. Our motto is, ‘If you can’t leave the city behind, go underground.’ Each business is its own

country. But we govern together.”



http://carlasarett.blogspot.com/2017/03/author-susan-weinstein-talks-about.html?m=1
Today, we have a guest post from novelist, Susan I. Weinstein, whose dystopian novel, PARADISE GARDENS, will be published in a new edition from Pelekinesis Publishing Group. This new edition contains wonderful illustrations by the author. You can read my review of on Goodreads, here. This novel is one of several new editions of Weinstein's work-- I interviewed her about THE ANARCHIST'S GIRLFRIEND on this blog (read the interview here.)

I'll let Susan take it from here.
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Déjà vu our strange times.  In Nixon's 1969 America, a stranger leaped out of a car, took photos of me and my high school boyfriend and sped away. Afterward, I was called into the principal's office, and accused of being  a "ringleader" of a drug  ring.  My choice: give names or be expelled.  I gave facts.  My high school was conservative, mostly working class. Beer was the drug of choice and students  enlisted for Vietnam. Ten went to college.  One was me.  Fact: The drug ring never existed.

1969-70, I became an antiwar activist.  1980s, I began PARADISE GARDENS while working for a Wall Street publication for investors.  In that time, Reagan's religious right extolled corporate interests for the "elect.” Their destiny was to be rich.   In Manhattan, where I lived, this meant sky-high rents and asking prices. Rent-controlled apartments were preventing this preordained "destiny."  

SHE lowered her blinds, but it was too late. He had seen her.
2017 is again a time of deception and alarm.  Paranoia is a rational response to an insane society (to paraphrase Freud). In paranoid fiction, such as Philip Dick's 1968 "Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep," logic is non-linear.  Facades fall apart, and  truth is revealed in the chaos. 
  
PARADISE GARDENS begins in 2250, after government has dissolved amid environmental breakdown.  A real estate project underground  is sold  to the surviving corporate elite. Rather than Big Brother, a database runs this world and controls human destiny for the benefit of corporate planning-- even producing employees.  

Like most paranoid fiction, there’s a kind of clairvoyance in retrospect. Some elements that I wrote about, before there was an Internet, like  "Information Pirates" have already happened. But there is light and hope in PARADISE GARDENS.  I believe cautionary tales like this can bring us through our worst fears to a better  place.  We can sleep and imagine a more utopian future.

About Paradise Gardens

    “From the infinitely imaginative mind of Susan Weinstein, PARADISE GARDENS spins a fabulous web. Clever, funny, serious, and prescient, this novel takes us on a breathtaking journey. Lovers of Aldous Huxley’s and Margaret Atwood’s dystopias are in for a satisfying treat.”

    —Sonia Taitz, award-winning author of The Watchmaker’s Daughter and Great With Child.

    “One of the most disturbing yet oddly funny science fiction/dystopian sagas I’ve ever read. When corporations have wrung every drop out of nature and mankind has no other option but to build entire communities underground, how do you spin it to make it seem like a dream destination? You call it Paradise Gardens of course and you sell it like everything else. When we have no natural water, no natural food, and even the wind and the sunlight has been poisoned you will still have hucksters selling whatever is left for top of the line prices. A thought provoking story well conceived and brilliantly executed.”


    —Patrick King, author of the Shane Cullaine detective series