High Aztech

High Aztech Xolotl Zapata a poet and underground journalist is running for his life in st century Mexico Since the Armageddon War Mexico has become a world power and science has developed artificial viruses

  • Title: High Aztech
  • Author: Ernest Hogan
  • ISBN: 9780812508666
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Xolotl Zapata, a poet and underground journalist, is running for his life in 21st century Mexico Since the Armageddon War, Mexico has become a world power, and science has developed artificial viruses that can infect the brain with religion and Zapata is the carrier Hogan is the author of Cortez on Jupiter.

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    1. Reading this while visiting Mexico City for the first time, amidst social media driven US radical identity politics, and having conversations with Mexico City natives about the multiple positions one can exist in with regard to race and class and ancestry, this 1992 cyberpunk story made for an interesting read. Set in 2045ish, it's rife with themes of origin, racial purity, contradictions of mixed/mestizaje diaspora, and religion and nationality in daily life, taking place in a time when the Nor [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book. The plot is classic pulp SF, the use of language and structure is very smart and sophisticated, and the world building is excellent. The story is set in a future version of Mexico City, which has been renamed Tenochtitlan, where the U.S. is in decline and Latin America is ascendant. Much of the world building is based on the premise that Latin American culture is in the process of decolonization in terms of language and culture, including religion--ancient Aztec relig [...]

    3. A TOP SHELF review, originally published in the March 25, 2016 edition of The MonitorIn the early 1990s, a Chicano from East L.A. published a pair of science fiction novels that would go on to receive considerable critical acclaim and make significant inroads into the genre for Latinos everywhere.Hewing more closely to weird, gonzo pulp fiction and comics than to the more politically active realism preferred by the Chicano intelligentsia, he was for many years unknown to his hermanos literarios. [...]

    4. VERY FUN TO READ!A delightful satire of religious fanaticism, in fact fanaticism of every stripe, as protagonist Xolotl Zapata careens like a pinball between the various cultural, religious and criminal factions of a world-ascendant Tenochtitlán (aka Mexico City). Infected with one religious doctrine-believing virus after another, the ultimate solution just might be a reality-expanding embrace of them all. Very fun to read.[There is at the end a glossary (totally not necessary) and a pronunciat [...]

    5. I enjoyed High Aztec. It was slow starting in the first few chapters and all of the slang terms were a little much and hard to keep track of at times. But, overall, it was a really good book.It's an interesting premise. The narrative is first person and being told to the reader as if they are a third party interrogating Zapata. The first person narrative is interspersed with the interrogators' notes verifying or clarifying Zapata's movements. So, in addition to the main plot, the reader has an u [...]

    6. An amazing cyberpunk thrill ride into Mexico's future where the Aztec cultural revolution flourishes and viruses are used to spread more than disease. At once humorous, suspenseful, and plausible, I really enjoyed this book.

    7. I liked a short story of his, so I'm trying one of his novels. If there's one you would recommend instead, please tell me what it is!

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