Futurist: Silicon Valley Edition
by Lil Diamond Smith,Mark Whelan
Witness the scintillating, disturbing and altogether outrageous collection of selected stories of Silicon Valley's elite and their victims. The thirteen tightly crafted narratives are full of deftly drawn characters and caricatures, universal truths and surprising comical delights amid the backdrop of the failings of the Silicon Valley dream. Using a range of approaches from bitter realism to psychotropic nightmare fantasy, Lil Diamond Smith can evoke the essential humanity, well hidden as it is, of their generally ambitious, disillusioned, desperate, and manipulative characters. Lil Diamond Smith specialises particularly in revealing the illusions about advanced digital life―A celebrity who no longer has any worth without her followers, a tech admin who spies on the users and drugs a girl to manipulate her at Burning Man, a friend who realises the reality of their friendship on social media is fiction, and devout Christian who is addicted to porn—with sardonically unexpected results―always displaying a corrosive wit and a telling accuracy of language and detail. Lil Diamond Smith is one hilariously dangerous writer who always creates a sensation.