Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling
Hardcover – Tachyon Publications – Nov2016 – 187 pages
An Introduction from Warren Ellis, frequent illustrations from John Coulthart, and an Afterword by Christopher Brown surround a wild satire about serious issues, with rebel arms factories, European politics, post-war troubles, and a cast of colorful characters that include H. P. Lovecraft and Houdini.
Who are these bold rebels pillaging their European neighbors in the name of revolution? The Futurists! Utopian pirate-warriors, mortal enemies of communists, capitalists, and even fascists (to whom they are not entirely unsympathetic).
Long Live Futurism!
Who are these bold rebels pillaging their European neighbors in the name of revolution?
The Futurists! Utopian pirate warriors of the diminutive Regency of Carnaro in Occupied Fiume, scourge of the Adriatic Sea. Rebels against the greedy, the rich, and the weak-minded. Mortal enemies of communists, capitalists, and even fascists (to whom they are not entirely unsympathetic).
The ambitious Soldier-Citizens of Carnaro are lead by a brilliant and passionate coterie of the perhaps insane. Lorenzo Secondari, World War I veteran, engineering genius, and leader of Croatian radiers. Frau Piffer, Syndicalist manufacturer of torpedos at a factory run by and for women. The Ace of Hearts, a dashing Milanese aristocrat, spymaster, and tactical savant. And the Prophet, a seductive warrior-poet who leads through his embrace of free love and his military ruthlessness.
Fresh off of a worldwide demonstration of their might, can the Futurists engage the aid of sinister Americans and establish world domination?