The Fictional Man (Al Ewing)

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One of the most exciting new voices in British fiction has written an extraordinary novel. In an L.A. where fictional characters are cloned into living beings, the author Niles Golan is on the verge of hitting the big-time - if he can just stay on top of reality long enough to make it. Hollywood: Niles Golan is writing a remake of a campclassic spy movie. The studio has plans for a franchise, so rather than hiring an actor, the protagonist will be 'translated' into a cloned human body. It s common practice Niles' therapist is a Fictional. So is his best friend. So (maybe) is the woman in the bar he can t stop staring at. Fictionals are a part of daily life now, especially in LA. In fact, it's getting hard to tell who's a Fictional and who's not...

Review

5/5 'A fascinating tour-de-force, it's hard to see how Ewing could possibly better this exhilarating page-turner.' --SFX Magazine

10/10 'The protagonist's relationship with reality, and his own sense of self, is layered in such a way that his actions slide effortlessly into the ongoing story as well as the personal journeys of the key characters.Ewing retains his easy-going, free-flowing style throughout, constantly unveiling new ideas and perceptions as the novel progresses. It's an effortless and rapid read...the novel works perfectly. Highly recommended.' --Starburst Magazine

'It's ambitious, being a rumination on how fiction works, and how writers tick, as well as providing a rollicking yarn as an overweight, oversensitive and overwrought author chases after a series of elusive McGuffins...This book is smart, brave, funny, and affecting.' --Comic Book Resources

About the Author

Al Ewing has been a Judge Dredd aficionado since the age of nine, and is best known in the UK for his work on Dredd in 2000 AD, where he also co-created Zombo and Damnation Station. In addition, Ewing has written various novels for Solaris and Abaddon Books, including The Fictional Man, Pax Omega and Gods of Manhattan, and is currently writing Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard for Marvel Comics.