Published by Retreat West November 10th 2020
‘A magnificent novel… A satire of quite astonishing originality…’
– British Science Fiction Association review
A unique dystopia, a remarkable psychological fantasy, an absurdist satire, City of O is republished for the first time since 2005 in this totally new edition.
Arriving orphaned in the City of O, traumatised Juan enters a corrupting world of whimsical plastic surgery, bespoke narcotics and berserk tech-sex.
He ascends the social hierarchy, gaining money and power until the city thrills to his every move — but he’s falling apart and perhaps only the picaresque troupe of troubadours adventuring comically across the desert to find him can help.
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“…This is wonderful stuff, deadly serious and yet amusing and playful at the same time. There is a richness to the writing, a successful combining of thought and expression, that is tremendously effective… a powerful and original satire that completely won over this reader. Certainly a writer to look out for.” – BSFA review, by John Newsinger
“Any science-fiction fan that is put off by the solemn tone of much dystopian writing could do much worse than entering the surreal, absurd and frequently hilarious world of the City of O.” The Mechanics’ Institute review
“Taylor’s rich creativity has created a truly unique book, which is totally refreshing to read. If you have not already picked up your ‘lockdown 2’ book, you could not come up with many better choices.” Nothing In The Rulebook review