In the future, people will be physically tagged, like cattle, using bar code tattoos. That is the opening premise of this sci-fi epic, set in a strange new America that has been bled dry by the corporate-government partnership. As spaceships cruise past, Silly Daddy and his "teenage" daughter take an old-fashioned road trip across the country. The year is 2014. Have a Virtual Reality Happy Meal. Ride a space-age gesso glider. Stay away from hi- tech cops and psycho teenage chicks. Rediscover the long-lost love of your life, and try to survive that one big death in the family, if you can.
•Xeric award winner.