The Jazz by Melissa Scott

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Melissa Scott, winner of the John W. Campbell Award, twice winner of the Lambda Award for best novel, and author of the cyberpunk classic, Trouble and Her Friends, returns with a hip novel of the media-dominated future, when the internet is filled with Jazz: intentional misinformation and bewildering disinformation that are both an artform and a business.

Tin Lizzy, a respected Jazz artist with a checkered past, is a theatrical Web site designer who does backgrounds for Jazz productions. When a nifty new script shows up on the web, Lizzy is surprised to learn it came from a teenage boy named Keyz. It turns out Keyz used his parents' access codes to borrow a Hollywood studio's editing program- the true, hidden source of the studio's success. Now the studio head wants to lock him in jail and throw away the key.

So Lizzy rescues him and takes him on the road, across the altered landscape of twenty-first century USA, trying to stay one step ahead of the police . . . . and the vengeance of a megalomaniac CEO.

The Jazz is a road chase novel of the future, filled with shady characters, close calls, and colorful neat ideas.
 

About Melissa Scott

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Melissa Scott is a science fiction writer. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1961. Scott studied history at Harvard University before earning her Ph. D. in comparative history from Brandeis University. Scott's first science fiction book, The Game Beyond, was published in 1984. In 1986, she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Scott received the Lambda Literary Award for Gay/Lesbian Science Fiction in both 1995 and 1996 for the books Trouble and Her Friends and Shadow Man. She is a co-founder of WaveLengths, a journal of gay/lesbian/bisexual-interest science fiction and fantasy.
 
Published June 3, 2000 by Tor Books. 320 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They flee with a copy of Orpha-Toto, getting help from cop Chessie Vara, a friend of Lizzy's, and Lizzy's old mentor Russ Conti—who, it turns out, helped write Orpha-Toto.

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One of the most acclaimed audio narrators of all time, the late Scourby recorded more than 500 books for the blind for the Library of Congress and inspired the American Foundation of the Blind's annual Alexander Scourby Award for excellence in narration.

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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, these essays present a middle-aged Fitzgerald looking back on the era he came to epitomize.

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Hounded by Gardner Gerretty, the ruthless CEO of the studio, the same man who was responsible for Lizzy's having done hard time many years earlier, the two hackers find themselves fleeing across an increasingly strange, near-future America, looking desperately for a way to escape from Gerretty's ...

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At the end of "The Lees of Happiness," a woman who has devoted her life to her comatose husband and the man she might have found happiness with find that "life had come quickly and gone, leaving not bitterness, but pity;

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"The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," another of the stories in the "Fantasies" section deals with a school friend's visit to the isolated home of a classmate who claims his father is the richest man in the world and owns the diamond of the story's title.

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Melissa Scott's The Jazz goes one step further than where we are now--as all good speculative fiction should--and takes us to a world where hackers spin marvelous "jazz" (read: fiction) that the public wholeheartedly believes.

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