Selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014 and listed on Buzzfeed's 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2014, Bald New World asks the question:
What if everyone in the world lost their hair?
Nick Guan and his friend Larry Chao are a pair of eccentric filmmakers who choose to explore the existential angst of their balding world through cinema. Larry is heir to one of the most lucrative wig companies in the world. Nick is a man who's trying to make sense of the tatters of his American dream. Taking place throughout China and America, the pair set off on a series of misadventures involving North Korean spies, veterans of an African War, and digital cricket fighters. Their journey leads them to discover some of the darkest secrets behind wig-making and hair in a hairless world.
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Peter Tieryas Liu is the author of Watering Heaven (2012, Signal 8 Press), Dr. 2, and Bald New World (2014, Perfect Edge Books). He has been published in magazines and journals including the Adirondack Review, Camera Obscura Journal, Collagist, decomP, Electric Literature, Evergreen Review, Gargoyle, Hobart, Indiana Review, New Letters, New Orleans Review, Toad Suck Review, Word Riot, and ZYZZYVA, and was the recipient of the 2012 Fiction Award from Mojo, the magazine run by Wichita State University. He has also worked as a technical writer for LucasArts, the gaming division of LucasFilm.Review:
"Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014" - Publishers Weekly
."15 Highly Anticipated Books 0f 2014" - Buzzfeed
Bald New World has it all: a sci-fi setting that is both probable and mesmerizing, an intriguing plot, an engaging character surrounded by others with complicated motivations, and a powerful voice.
Bald New World is sort of like a Haruki Murakami novel set in a future reminiscent of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash... where everyone is bald.
This book manages to accomplish something extraordinarily rare for a debut: it earns a spot on the list of must-read dystopian novels next to writers like Orwell, Bradbury, and Philip K. Dick.
Read this book, feel alive.
-Jason Jordan, author of Pestilence, editor of decomP
It is the rare and noble book that strikes a nerve raw, gets me thinking and lights a fire in my heart and mind.
Peter Tieryas Liu's Bald New World is vivid, exhilarating, and wildly entertaining.
-Kristine Ong Muslim, author of We Bury the Landscape and Grim Series
If you took the world building of Philip K. Dick, and added in the gritty reality and humor of Haruki Murakami, with a touch of Aldous Huxley (of course), you would get Bald New World. An emerging voice, Tieryas has created a fascinating setting where everyone has lost their hair and wigs become the new currency. North Korean spies, digital cricket fighting, and eccentric filmmakers help to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, leading to a devastating conclusion. --Buzzfeed
Highlighted by Kollaboration in March as one of three Asian American authors on the rise, Liu's debut novel "Bald New World" deals with a global epidemic of follicular proportions. When Baldification hits the planet, the pair find themselves caught up in an sci-fi tinged international conspiracy, turning their penchant for adventure into a series of daring discoveries.
Bald New World is gripping and frightening. It is filled with wonderfully speculative and exotic elements. Dystopia has been done a lot, but no one has done it quite like Peter Tieryas. I'd like to enthusiastically welcome Bald New World to the must-read dystopian canon.
.Bald New World is an entertaining read and a book you definitely want to add to your wish list. -Forces of Geek
.Bald New World builds a dystopian future that is terrifying, clever with a sometimes beautiful exterior that is gritty in its truths. -Observation Deck at io9
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