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In the novella Gypsy, a small band of renegade scientists crowd-sources Earth’s first starship in a desperate attempt to escape global catastrophe. Heartbreak and hope collide in this moving and visionary tale.

“The Nine Billion Names of God” uses a classic SF text to deconstruct literary deconstruction itself, with hilarious results. In the wickedly droll “Bad Pennies,” a spy tasked with trashing a foreign economy testifies before a complacent Congress. “The United States of Impunity” is an ironic salute to America’s criminal overclass. Also featured is our Outspoken Interview, in which a postmodern Renaissance Man charts the synergies and dissonances of a career that embraces both literary and musical composition, reveals the hidden link between winemaking and deep space astronomy, and tells you how to steal his car.

Table of Contents

The Nine Billion Names of God
Bad Pennies
The United States of Impunity
Outspoken Interview


“Scholz’s writing crackles with energy, intelligence and dark humor.”
Publishers Weekly

“Not just intellectually provocative, but emotionally rich, even saturated.”
Washington Post Book World

“I doubt there’s another writer in the country who can match Scholz as a stylist.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Science of Herself

“Scholz weaves the analytical, the literal, the literary, the imaginary, and the emotional.”
Boston Globe

About the Author:

Born in New York, educated on the East Coast, Scholz set foot in Berkeley in the 1970s—and never looked back. Considered a “writer’s writer” he is perhaps the best-kept secret in SF, with a prophetic voice that points to the future and rarely looks back.

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