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“Ruff is a protean talent. . . . Very much in the absurdist tradition of Pynchon, Heller, Robbins, and Vonnegut, this is a mad romp through a future that Ruff admits is the present in drag. . . . [Ruff] might just be the fellow whom American literature’s been seeking for a long time.”
The Washington Post
Sewer, Gas & Electric
The Public Works Trilogy
978-0-8021-4155-2 • $14.95 • Paperback • Oct. 2004
The exuberant follow-up to Matt Ruff’s cult classic and critically acclaimed debut Fool on the Hill, Sewer, Gas & Electric is “a post-millennial spectaculardizzyingly readable”
The year is 2023. High above Manhattan, human and android steelworkers are constructing a new Tower of Babel for billionaire Harry Gant. In the streets below, a Wall Street takeover artist has been murdered, and Gant’s crusading ex-wife has been hired to find out why. Accompanying her is Ayn Rand, resurrected from the dead and bottled in a hurricane lamp to serve as an unwilling assistant. Other characters in this extraordinary novel include submarine ecoterrorist Philo Dufrense; a Volkswagen Beetle possessed by the spirit of Abbie Hoffman; and Meisterbrau, a mutant great white shark running loose in the sewers beneath Times Squareall of whom, and many more besides, are caught up in a vast conspiracy involving Walt Disney, J. Edgar Hoover, and a mob of homicidal robots.