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Agents of Dreamland (2017)

by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Series: Tinfoil Dossier (1)

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"A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman. In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible--the Children of the Next Level--and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in. A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from 'other' sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA's interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact. And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity."--Publishe.… (more)
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An intriguing and surreal dive into weird currents where the truth hides like a phantasmic shadow. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | May 2, 2021 |
Cthulhu X-Files. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jan 19, 2020 |
Full review to come! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
Another weird,surreal novella from one of my favorite authors. Writing reminds me of William Burroughs Red Night trilogy-era. Landscapes, government agents, cult leaders. As many have said, can haz Lovecraftian X-Files feel. ( )
1 vote starlight17 | Mar 19, 2019 |
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Eventually you've got to understand that an answer isn't the same thing as a solution, and a story is sometimes only an excuse.
-NIC PIZZOLATTO
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For Kathryn
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HERE'S THE SCENE: It's Thursday evening, and the Signalman sits smoking and nursing a flat Diet Dr Pepper, allowing himself to breathe a stingy sigh of relief as twilight finally, mercifully comes crashing down on the desert.
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"A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman. In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible--the Children of the Next Level--and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in. A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from 'other' sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA's interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact. And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity."--Publishe.

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