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FROM THE SINGULARLY INVENTIVE MIND OF RIKKI DUCORNET, TRAFIK IS A BUOYANT VOYAGE THROUGH OUTER SPACE AND INNER LONGING, TRANSPOSING HUMAN EXPERIENCES OF PASSION, LOSS, AND IDENTITY INTO A POST-EARTH UNIVERSE.

Quiver, a mostly-human astronaut, takes refuge from the monotony of harvesting minerals on remote asteroids by running through a virtual reality called the Lights, cha
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Published April 13th 2021 by Coffee House Press (first published 2021)
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L.S. Popovich
Quirky even for Ducornet. Suffused with her characteristic charm, wit, sensuality and signature linguistic exuberance. A vivid dreamscape of "tonguefeels." A melancholic deepening of post-atomic exotic, nebulous human-wannabes on the edge of the pendulous nostalgia-fueled singularity of an entire dissolving civilization.

Memories, avatars, simulations, showerhead massages, spacey antics: both delicious and miraculous. Post-apocalyptic Consumerism, alive with the longing for vanished places, times
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Lori
Gosh I wanted to like this more than I did. It sounded like something I would totally dig.

Set in space, a human-ish woman named Quiver and her robot sidekick Mic work to harvest valuable minerals and materials from asteriods that I believe are the remanents of a now obliterated Earth. Onboard their ship, when not sifting through the detritus, they appear to spend their downtime bonding and obsessing over dead Earth records, studying and critiquing its culture and coutoure.

While clever in theor
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Basia
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
You can tell Rikki Ducornet relishes the usage of silly science and outer space jargon that illustrates this book's galactic setting. And with this, you can also tell she's a poet. All the weird words fused, made-up and made into funny baubles adorning the story—I couldn't help relishing them either! Quiver the astronaut and her robot pal Mic are basically the book's only characters, but that's all you really need. Both are rendered so endearingly, although I will say Mic's occasional making of ...more
mimosa maoist
Apr 13, 2021 added it
Shelves: fiction
All the Ducornet hallmarks are here, the surreal imagery with the somber introspection; this is a lighthearted romance at its core.
Logann
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8-weird, 9-chp, scifi
At times it seemed like this story was just an excuse for Ducornet to have fun making up futuristic words, but it was done very well.
Bernie Gourley
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A robot (Mic) and a cyborg (Quiver) live and work together in close quarters, doing blue-collar work until the going gets tough and they charge off for a utopia called Trafik. I enjoyed reading this for its rich approach to language, its compelling reflection upon humanity [and isolation therefrom] and its thought-provoking imagining of the unfolding of the future. That said, I don’t think it will be everyone’s cup of tea. I’ll try to paint a picture that will help the reader to determine where ...more
Zoe's Human
Apr 18, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I couldn't get more than 6 pages into this. I simply do not like the way it's written. Extraordinarily florid prose with little in the way of communicated information. It feels quite pompous. ...more
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Rikki Ducornet (born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.

Ducornet's father was a professor of sociology, and her mother hosted community-interest programs on radio and television. Ducornet grew up on the campus of Bard College in New York, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the same institution in 1964. While at Bard she met Robert
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