"Cold Earth Wanderers" by Peter Wortsman (Pelekinesis, 2014)

A science fiction novel set in a vertically-focused society where an underground group dares to venture sideways.
"Cold Earth Wanderers" by Peter Wortsman (Pelekinesis, 2014)
"Cold Earth Wanderers" by Peter Wortsman (Pelekinesis, 2014)
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UPLAND, Calif. - Oct. 26, 2014 - PRLog -- 16 year old Elgin Marble has had enough of a world that is decidedly vertical. When his father, an upstanding elevator man, is marked for disposal, Elgin joins an underground group called the Crabs. This illicit group tirelessly digs tunnels in the hope of one day breaking through to the outside. But who are the Crabs, and can they be trusted? Elgin's mother, Ellen, is worried sick about her son. The ruthless school principal, Mr. Orion, warns her that Elgin is in big trouble and blackmails her for sexual favors. Together they go underground to search for the boy. Meanwhile, agents of the IVT (Institute for Vertical Thinking) are also hot on his trail, and the Crabs are feeling the heat.

"A darkly comic folktale for a dysfunctional future... Against the myth of mindless upward progress Wortsman pits the subversive grotesquerie of open-ended lateral exploration." - Geoffrey O'Brien, author of "The Phantom Empire" and "Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows"

"...as daft and delirious a dystopia as might be imagined..." - James Morrow, author of "Galapagos Regained"

"In Elgin, Wortsman (Ghost Dance in Berlin) has created a sympathetic individualist whose search for freedom rings true. Inevitable betrayal in a world of paranoia and mass complacency suggests that optimism may be the worst deceit of all... this intellectually provocative novel is worth a read." - Publishers Weekly

Publication Date: November 7, 2014

Cold Earth Wanderers by Peter Wortsman (ISBN: 978-1-938349-17-1, paperback, 220 pages)  is available through Small Press Distribution, Baker & Taylor, Bertrams, directly from the publisher's website, and in fine local bookstores worldwide.

More information and supplemental material is here: http://pelekinesis.com/catalog/peter_wortsman-cold_earth_...

About the author
Peter Wortsman is the author of 4 books including the travel memoir Ghost Dance in Berlin, winner of a 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award. He has written two stage plays and produced many translations from the German including Tales of the German Imagination, From the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann, 2013. His travel writing has been selected five years in a row for The Best Travel Writing 2008-2012. He has won numerous awards and is a former Fellow of the Fulbright (1973) and Thomas J. Watson (1974) Foundations, and he was the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring 2010.

About the publisher
Pelekinesis is a small book publishing company focusing on the development of independent authors and artists by creatively embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and utilizing modern distribution platforms. Full catalog and press material can be found at the Pelekinesis website.

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