Liberation by Brian Francis Slattery
Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America

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From the author of the literary pulp phenomenon Spaceman Blues comes a future history cautionary tale, a heist movie in the style of a hippie novel.


Liberation is a speculation on life in near-future America after the country suffers an economic cataclysm that leads to the resurgence of ghosts of its past such as the human slave trade. Our heroes are the Slick Six, a group of international criminals who set out to alleviate the worst of these conditions and put America on the road to recovery. Liberation is a story about living down the past, personally and nationally; about being able to laugh at the punch line to the long, dark joke of American history.


Slattery’s prose moves seamlessly between present and past, action and memory. With Liberation, he celebrates the resilience and ingenuity of the American spirit.

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About Brian Francis Slattery

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Brian Francis Slattery was born and raised in upstate New York. He is an editor for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the New Haven Review. He is the author of Spaceman Blues and Liberation, and is also a musician. He lives near New Haven, CT.
Published October 14, 2008 by Tor Books. 299 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strange Horizons

For people like myself, who found Spaceman Blues a delight, this is more than enough reason to pick the novel up (though those who found Spaceman Blues mannered and twee might wish to give Liberation a wide berth), but there isn’t anything more or new in this book.

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