“Delving into a project like Bald New World, with its off-the-wall premise and its non-mainstream cast of characters, is certainly a commercial risk, but Liu has proceeded with confidence, humor, and prescience. The world of books is richer with his inclusion.” Fantastic review of Bald New World at the Heavy Feather Review.
Bald New World, by Peter Tieryas Liu. Perfect Edge Books. 229 pages. $16.95, paper.
Like José Saramago’s Blindness or George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Peter Tieryas Liu’s science-fiction novel, Bald New World, is a story involving a plague that isn’t about the plague. And yet it is the plague that may draw you in at first, as it did for me. Overnight, everyone in the world goes bald. What happens next?
In a novel where characters utter terms like the “Great Baldification” without irony, one might consider the pandemic here to be an affliction of comically low stakes. So what if everyone is bald? What’s the worst that could happen, more scalp sunburns? Fortunately, Liu seems to share Romero’s belief that what is interesting is not the plague itself but people’s reaction to it. Bald New World proposes that the deadliest infection on humankind…
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