Submitter: We came across this 1989 copyright doozie awhile ago while we were doing our first major weed. It has been stored in our favorite weed collection for a few years now. It features a cyborg cowboy in a dystopian post-apocalyptic western frontier. His name is Hong and he has to prove himself. This gem was written before dystopia was a thing. I am surprised we don’t have a line to check it out. Even the animals are cyborg, such as the oxenites. The author even has some creative cowboy tunes scattered about. Can’t put it down!
Holly: This is cataloged as juvenile fiction. I can maybe see adults going for it, but kids or teens? That would be a hard sell in my public library. It was a nominee for both the Nebula and Hugo awards, so someone clearly enjoyed it (and in the immortal words of Ranganathan, “Every book his/her reader”). It’s a weird mashup of futuristic and historical, with the wagons and the range but also the cyborgs.
I’m more intrigued by Submitter’s “favorite weed collection.” Tell us more about that, Submitter!
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