The Milkman: A Free World Novel
In the near future, corporation rules every possible freedom. Without government, there can be no crime. And every act is measured against competing interests, hidden loyalties and the ever-upward pressure of the corporate ladder.
Any quest for transparency is as punishable as an act of murder. But one man has managed to slip the system, a future-day Robin Hood who tests dairy milk outside of corporate control and posts the results to the world.
When the Milkman is framed for a young girl's murder and anonymous funding comes through for a documentary filmmaker in search of true art beneath corporate propaganda, eyes begin to turn and soon the hunt is on.
Can the man who created the symbol of the Milkman, the only one who knows what really happened that bloody night, escape the corporate rat maze closing around him? Or is it already too late?
The Milkman won the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY)as the best science fiction novel at the national level. The novel was also a finalist in the Eric Hoffer awards, given each year for salient writing from small presses.
"Reminiscent of the novels of Michael Coney, Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth as well as Terry Gilliam's Brazil, although with less bitter humor and more outrage than those luminaries, the work is a reductio ad absurdum examination of the increasingly corporatized world in which we all live, an impressive demonstration of the author's skills." -- Publisher's Weekly
The Enlightened Economist
Library Thing Reviews
Guest posts by the author:
The Story Behind The Milkman
John Scalzi's WHATEVER blog
Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds
The Dark Writing of Carole Gill
Nicholas Kaufmann's Scariest Part
About the Author:
Michael J. Martineck started writing stories when he was seven. Over the years he's written short stories, comic book scripts, articles and a quartet of novels. He lives and writes in Grand Island, New York, a little cap of clay nestled between the US and Canada, with his beautiful wife and two children.
DC Comics published a couple of Martineck's stories in the early '90s. Planetmag, Aphelion and a couple of other long-dead e-zines helped out in '00s.
His previous works include The Misspellers, The Wrong Channel and Cinco de Mayo (also from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) which was short-listed for a Readers' Choice Award.
As the author says "It's not wholesome, but it is good for you. Promise!" [MORE]
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