Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pg. 69: James Morrow's "The Madonna and the Starship"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow.

About the book, from the publisher:
Only Uncle Wonder can save us from the death beam of…

New York City, 1953. The golden age of television, when most programs were broadcast live. Young Kurt Jastrow, a full-time TV writer and occasional actor, is about to have a close encounter of the apocalyptic kind.

Kurt’s most beloved character (and alter ego) is Uncle Wonder, an eccentric tinkerer whose pyrotechnically spectacular science experiments delight children across the nation. Uncle Wonder also has a more distant following: the inhabitants of Planet Qualimosa. When a pair of his extraterrestrial fans arrives to present him with an award, Kurt is naturally pleased—until it develops that, come next Sunday morning, these same aliens intend to perpetrate a massacre.

Will Kurt and his colleagues manage to convince the Qualimosans that Earth is essentially a secular and rationalist world? Or will the two million devotees of NBC’s most popular religious program suffer unthinkable consequences for their TV-viewing tastes? Stay tuned for The Madonna and the Starship!
Visit James Morrow's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Philosopher’s Apprentice.

The Page 69 Test: The Madonna and the Starship.

--Marshal Zeringue