Visionary, gripping, sumptuous and tantalizing, Grande Junction is a masterwork of hip, literary science fiction.
On October 4, 2057, most electronic devices on Earth are infected and destroyed by unknown viruses, and billions of people dependent on machine interfaces are killed as a result. Twelve years later, the survivors are sunk in a new Dark Age, a grim afterworld in which the only law is the law of the jungle.
In the sprawling ruins of Grande Junction, a thriving urban community centered on an abandoned spaceport, civilization is hanging on by its fingernails. In this last fragile outpost of knowledge and reason, hope and faith, a second wave of lethal viruses is unleashed–viruses that attack human beings directly, stripping away language, thought, humanity itself.
But it is also here that a young boy, a guitar-playing prodigy named Link de Nova, discovers within himself the power to fight a malevolent entity determined to remake the world in its own bleak image. Now, as the viruses spread and enemies converge on Grande Junction, Link and his friends and protectors, Chrysler Campbell and Yuri McCoy, prepare to fight for the survival of the human race with rifles, radios, and rock ’n’ roll.
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|Title of eBook: Grand Junction|
|Release Date: 09-29-2009|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group|
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The organ is linked to the machine.
The organ: five fingers, a hand.
The machine: six strings, a metal beam.
A metal beam that vibrates with electricity coming from the copper coil attached to its base.
The hand, full of its own nervous electric impedance, moves along the taut strings of the long metal beam.
The six strings vibrate rhythmically under the pressure of the five fingers. The strings are attached to a body.
An electric body.
This body-machine produces sounds and has its own name. It even has a past, which in this world amounts to a virtual miracle.
Better still, under the hand that moves in the electrified space of the metallic strings, under the five fingers that spread starlike amid the harmonic notes, this body-machine also has a future—an even rarer commodity than a past.
We are in the Afterworld. The World After the World. And in this world, only the hand moving on the metal strings to produce sounds, to bring forth a voice, only this hand knows how to make machines sing.
It is the Healing Hand.
It is the organ that gives new life to that which has never been alive. It is the antimachine that grants the favor of Grace to the machines, though they are dying and disappearing at the same time as the creature that conceived them.
So the hand plays; it plays on the body-machine of the guitar.
And the guitar sings; it sings its own electric body.
Its electric body boasts the double coil characteristic of its make. This machine has its own name: Gibson Les Paul, 1954 model. This guitar has its own body. And a body has this guitar. A human body. He hol...