The year 2036. One thing that never changes are music fans. Dahlia has aan opportunity to finally meet her idol, Reina Way, a hopeful pop-electronica music star. But, strangeness, and a mysterious quantum device aare in the way. Excerpt: "Dahlia's Miki-Moto phone, belted to her arm, squeezed like a blood pressure cuff. It displayed an animated woman, eyes narrowed, teeth pointed into saw blades. Turning to her game partner beside her, Dahlia said, "Eddie, it's Reina." He ignored her, continuing to pound cabled mallets and watching a screen of musical notes. Dahlia stepped out of the game module and ans-wered her phone. Reina sprang to life, animated fire flickering behind her. "Hi, Reina," Dahlia said. Reina, the former bass-keyboard player for the group, Pineapple Milk Orchestra, had gone solo. Dahlia was the only member of the group's fan club that still kept in touch. Rumor had it that Reina's music was written and produced by a rival electronica group. Today, Reina must have felt the way she looked. "Well?" Reina said. "The manager of the Tower-Virgin store and I had a talk." "And...?" "She said she couldn't order your new CD and hold a signing. If the Milk boys were there with you, then it would be a different. People know of them." Reina pondered. "Did she listen to my CD?" "I don't know," Dahlia said. "But, she said she likes your bitchiness on the cover." Reina coughed. "Can I give you my honest opinion about the music, Reina?"
"Brilliant!" - James Halon
Used availability for Eric Emery's Bay City Tower
September 2010 : USA Paperback