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Landscape with Invisible Hand (edition 2017)

by M. T. Anderson (Author)

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National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization. When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth ?? but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go ?? and what he's willing to sacrifice ?? to give the vuvv what they w… (more)

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Title:Landscape with Invisible Hand
Authors:M. T. Anderson (Author)
Info:Candlewick (2017), 160 pages
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If Salvador Dali and H.G. Wells birthed a novella together, this is what I imagine it might look like. It is a model of crafting dystopia, wherein humankind seemingly has welcomed our vuvv overlords, and "creativity" becomes the currency of survival--at least for a time. Seemingly very few stones are left unturned as the book takes aim at the climate crisis, capitalistic inequity, voyeurism of social media...just to name a few.

While marketed as a book for young adults, I think anyone who enjoys satirical dystopian fiction would enjoy this. My only issue was that it seemed too short--I didn't get to invest deeply in any of the characters, but as they are stand-ins for you, me, and possibility, I guess that makes sense. ( )
  rebcamuse | Oct 10, 2023 |
I wish every aspect of this had been expanded--this read almost like a screenplay, where we got some details but not a very vivid painting. Almost a critique of capitalism though... can I suggest a universal base income now? ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
While this is a story about, at first, aliens and ill-conceived teenage relationships, it really is about the power of truth and family.

Anderson has a knack for sketching characters quickly, so you know immediately who they are and whether or not you like them. In a book as short as this, that is a feat. Adam's paintings are wonderfully and lovingly described - initially I was disappointed there were no illustrations, but you don't need them.

The satire is so sharp, and the ending so infuriating and then unexpectedly heartwarming, that this truly is a modern classic. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Based on an ARC from Netgalley

I really loved the idea of the not conquering or malevolent alien overlords, but also not quite benevolent either. There's a lot of fear when it comes to first contact stories, a lot of mobilizing the world to defend our planet etc., and benevolent aliens are sometimes viewed with suspicion because of the what's-in-it-for-them idea. This is a great look at a species that comes to help Earth advance technologically through things like job automation and superior medicine but unfortunately our economic system still exists and it just widens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. It struck me as a warning message to our increasingly technological society that we need to focus on compassion and fairness going forward or risk losing it altogether. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
I'm sort of unsure of how I felt about this one? The story was compelling, absolutely. I love the unique take on alien invasion that isn't about overt subjugation or annihilation but which destroys life as we know it through the more mundane channels of economic imbalance. My main issue lay in finding characters with whom I could sympathize. I wanted to like Adam, but that sort of fell apart at the end a bit when it got harder to see inside his head. I think the author did make the right choices with the ending, particularly in one particular twist that would have felt unbelievable had it gone the way it looked as though it would. Anyway, it'll definitely stick with me for a while. ( )
  clrichm | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Science Fiction. Science Fiction & Fantasy. Humor (Fiction.) Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization. When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth ?? but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go ?? and what he's willing to sacrifice ?? to give the vuvv what they w

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