The Pickup Artist by Terry Bisson

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"A laugh-out-loud fantastic tale. Mordantly funny, fast-moving and sharp."

"Science Fiction needs humor, and it is plentiful in this zany, seriocomic variation on Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451."
—Publishers Weekly

"Masterfully ironic!"
—Philadelphia Enquirer

There are too many books! Too much music, too much art. The job of the Bureau of Arts and Entertainment is to collect and destroy the old, so as to make room for the new.

Hank Shapiro is a dedicated BAE agent. Dependable. Uncorruptible. Pitiless.

Until he meets the girl in the bluebird sweater and bends the rules just once. And finds himself on a wild chase through the fleemarkets [sic] of America, from the towering landfills of New York City to the drive-thru crematoriums of Las Vegas.

There is also a talking dog.

About the Author: Best known for his short stories "macs," "They're Made out of Meat" and "Bears Discover Fire," Terry Bisson has won every major award in SF, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Sturgeon and Locus awards, and France's Gran Prix de l'Imaginaire. He lives in California.

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Terry Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author. His many novels include "Talking Man", "Fire on the Mountain", "Voyage to the Red Planet", "Pirates of the Universe", and "The Pickup Artist". His 1990 short story Bears Discover Fire won a Hugo and Nebula award, and his all-dialogue story They re Made out of Meat is one of the most widely-reprinted SF stories of the last several decades. He has also published several volumes of short fiction, including "Bears Discover Fire, and Other Stories"; "In the Upper Room, and Other Likely Stories"; and "Greetings".
Published November 24, 2013 by JumperCable Books. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He stumbles into a shady world of bootleggers and destructive Alexandrians (named "after the fire, not the library") and, after rescuing Homer, ends up journeying toward Las Vegas with Henry and her dead lover Indian Bob (he's addicted to LastRitesTM and is horrified to learn he's dead).

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Along the way Hank encounters a young woman pregnant for more than nine years who finally gives birth, and Bob, a dead man, one of 63 Bob clones who keep hilariously popping up.

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Shapiro and his colleagues do just that: it's their job to collect art whose time has come so that the art and the artist can be effectively erased.

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