(#158001) STREETLETHAL. Steven Barnes.

STREETLETHAL. New York: Ace Science Fiction Books, [1983]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Twenty-first century Los Angeles is a teeming metropolis with a rotten core: Deep Maze, from which a powerful cartel, the Ortegas, rule their empire of drugs, prostitution, and body parts "donated" by their helpless victims. "The Aubry Knight sequence –- comprising STREETLETHAL (1983), its sequel GORGON CHILD (1989), and FIREDANCE (1994) -– are moderately down-to-earth adventure tales set in the kind of Cyberpunk urban venue -– in this case, post-earthquake Los Angeles -– that is always said to be gritty, with an abundance of SF instruments involved in keeping the action moving, though arguably the nonwhites trapped in the center of the city are demonized." - John Clute, SFE (online). "A gritty and utterly believable picture of the underbelly of the early twenty-first century." - Norman Spinrad. Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 356. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 416. Crease and closed tear at upper spine end (a manufacturing defect), faint spotting to top edge, a bright, very good or better, unread copy. (#158001).

Price: $25.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
"Ace Original/August 1983" on copyright page.