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Terry Bisson 

When: Wed., March 27, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: free

Award-winning science fiction writer Terry Bisson describes his 2012 novel, Any Day Now, as "not exactly science fiction and not exactly not." The story starts out as a typical tale of self-discovery: In the 1960s, a small-town kid named Clay ventures out of his humble Kentucky environs and into the jazz-, drugs-, and poetry-steeped counterculture of New York City. But in 1968, fantastical things begin to happen: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. rise from the dead to run for president, the United States goes up in flames, and Clay retreats to a utopian paradise to escape the madness. Join Bisson on Wednesday, Mar. 27, as he reads from his alternative history of a tumultuous decade at Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). The Sixties, it seems, will be eternally eulogized in fiction -- even in the narrow niche of pseudo sci-fi. 7:30 p.m., free. PegasusBookstore.com

— Azeen Ghorayshi

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