Funny, whipsmart, profound and moving, The Fictional Man is a worthy successor to Ballard or Dick by best-selling comics icon Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk)
“What’s it like, not being real?”
In LA, where today’s star is tomorrow’s busboy, discarded “Fictionals” – characters spun into flesh-and-blood by genetic engineering and hypnogogic brain-training – are everywhere. Screenwriter Niles Golan’s therapist is a Fictional. So is his best friend. So (maybe) is the woman in the bar he can’t stop staring at. It’s getting so you can’t tell who’s real and who’s not.
Al Ewing is a British novelist and American comic book writer, currently responsible for much of Marvel Comics' Avengers titles. He came to prominence with the #1 UK comic 2000 AD and then wrote a sequence of novels for Abaddon, of which the El Sombra books are the most celebrated, before becomiing the regular writer for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor and a leading Marvel writer. He lives in York, England.