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Malignos

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Richard Calder's offbeat blend of SF, sexuality and surrealism began with his debut novel Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things. Malignos introduces a 53rd-century Earth where technology has lapsed thanks to invading, transforming "perversion" from outside our universe. New races have spun off from humanity, malignos in the traditional shapes of demons--horned, scaled, someti ...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Earthlight Press
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mark monday
Dec 14, 2011 mark monday rated it 4 of 5 stars
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far, far in the future, Richard Pike is a disreputable pimp in the Pilipinas Archipelago, a former war hero and expat from the Darkling Island, whoring out the love of his life - the demonic malignos Gala, a devout catholic born in the deep underworld, and a turncoat on her people during the great war between the Earth Above and the Netherworld. trouble comes our lovers' way, and the brave Gala is poisoned and simplified. Pike must journey to the heart of the Netherworld, to the mind-bending cit ...more
Max Renn
Richard Calder first caught my attention with his excellent 'dead' trilogy (dead girls, dead boys, dead things.) In that world Calder uses industrial espionage to effect a simulacra-based scenario where otherness and eroticism are departure points into a new philosophy based on a polymorphous perversity.

In this book and in its sequel 'Lord Soho', Calder refines these philosophical excursions and extends them towards a sort of logical endpoint, this time using a future Earth that has been infecte
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Adam
Cynical, decadent adventure tale like Moorcock(including a living sword) or Vance(with a protagonist as arrogant and obnoxious as Cugel) that is remarkable straight forward for Calder with little of his baroque prose and density of weirdness. Set in the same future as his Frenzetta but set so far in advance of that book that its events have become a fable. This book has everything you would want from an adventure story: a world decaying with lost secrets, traps, narrow escapes, traveling carniva ...more
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