Famous Men Who Never Lived
Wherever Hel looks, New York City is both reassuringly familiar and terribly wrong. As one of the thousands who fled the outbreak of nuclear war in an alternate United States―an alternate timeline―she finds herself living as a refugee in our own not-so-parallel New York. The slang and technology... show more
Wherever Hel looks, New York City is both reassuringly familiar and terribly wrong. As one of the thousands who fled the outbreak of nuclear war in an alternate United States―an alternate timeline―she finds herself living as a refugee in our own not-so-parallel New York. The slang and technology are foreign to her, the politics and art unrecognizable. While others, like her partner Vikram, attempt to assimilate, Hel refuses to reclaim her former career or create a new life. Instead, she obsessively rereads Vikram’s copy of The Pyronauts―a science fiction masterwork in her world that now only exists as a single flimsy paperback―and becomes determined to create a museum dedicated to preserving the remaining artifacts and memories of her vanished culture.
But the refugees are unwelcome and Hel’s efforts are met with either indifference or hostility. And when the only copy of The Pyronauts goes missing, Hel must decide how far she is willing to go to recover it and finally face her own anger, guilt, and grief over what she has truly lost.
Publish date: 2019-03-05
Publisher: Tin House Books
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
Helena "Hel" Nash is a resident of New York City, only it's not her New York City. Her New York City has been irradiated into uninhabitability, and she is one of the approximately 156,000 people who were lucky enough to escape through an experimental interdimensional portal before the end. Now a "Un...
Hel is a UDP, or Universally Displaced Person, she is one of the few who escaped her universe - one similar to our own - saving her life, but at the cost of leaving everyone she ever loved, everyone she even knew, behind. Her quest to make a place of remembrance for a vanished universe becomes a que...
Famous Men Who Never Lived is built upon a tremendous premise: survivors from a doomed alternate timeline, selected through lottery, flee through a portal into our world. They're registered, treated as refugees, and forced to endure stigmas they cannot shake and restrictions that deny them their fre...