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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The year is 2212, the weather is out of control, and Seattle is being rebuilt with electricity generated from negative human emotion. In a strange and turbulent world fueled by secrecy, lies and voyeurism, a sweet if stultified housewife named Helen vanishes, and Citizen Surveillant Maxwell Point, the man whose job it’s been to watch her, must recount the years leading up ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by Flatmancrooked (first published May 19th 2009)
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Nik Korpon
May 04, 2011 Nik Korpon rated it it was amazing
Excellent read from an author about to break out. Full review here:
Richard Thomas
May 22, 2011 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
[This review was originally published at The Cult.]


If you were paying attention in 2009 you may have seen the birthing of Forecast across the internet, from July to December, in forty-two installments. Billed as the Forecast 42 Project, this story is set in the year 2212, and is the bastard love-child of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, weaving elements of noir and science fiction into a humorous, touching love story, a narrative o
Jan 23, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it
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Housewives paid to watch television ads? Weather forecasts that differ from house to house? Electricity that is generated by negative human emotions? Wearing special masks when you go outside to block the Citizen Surveillance team's ability to "watch" you? This is the world into which author Shya Scanlon thrusts his readers when they crack the cover of his novel Forecast.

Released nearly a month ago by FlatManCrooked, Forecast is an "actionable narrative" set in 2212, writt
Andrea DeAngelis
May 14, 2011 Andrea DeAngelis rated it really liked it
What a strange, highly imaginative and compelling ride. At first I believed I was reading a straight ahead scifi plot but gradually the whole secondary narrative undercurrent of the intense connection between writer and his characters became clear. And just like the writer, we have to leave the characters he's created before we're entirely ready and if the writer has done his job we'll never be ready and Shya Scanlon has done his job superbly.
Sep 08, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scanlon definitely writes a gripping story through an imaginative dystopian world. He mixes a number of different things I wouldn't have imagined to mix well together, but he handles it all marvelously. There was never a moment I wasn't interested and never a moment I wasn't intrigued.
Ryan Bradford
Aug 09, 2012 Ryan Bradford rated it really liked it
Really liked a lot this book, but there are a lot of cutesy, tongue-in-cheek futuristic touches that bothered me. Like, trademarking "Neighborhoods" - to point out our increasingly consumer culture was... ehh... Just reminded me of the parts of Super Sad True Love Story that I didn't like.

But the characters were great. Zara/Helen is such a strong main character that you enjoy every moment with her.

And there's this fourth-wall breakage that was pretty genius: narrator of the story is part of the
Jul 15, 2013 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a weird and crazy book. I both liked and disliked the fact that the world itself wasn't entirely explained, though leaving the specifics of some of the things to the imagination probably worked in its favor.
Dylan Suher
Mar 21, 2011 Dylan Suher rated it it was ok
He is a good writer. He will write better books. He ends it fairly well, at least.
Amanda Kuehl
Jul 16, 2013 Amanda Kuehl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it, but weird!! LOL!!
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Shya Scanlon's work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Literary Review, New York Quarterly, Guernica Magazine, Opium Magazine, and others. His book of prose poetry, In This Alone Impulse, was published by Noemi Press in January, 2010. His novel Forecast will be launched by Flatmancrooked on November 15th, 2010. He received his MFA from Brown University, where he was awarded the John Hawkes Prize ...more
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