Dantec has created a compelling story with evocative ideas that may prove even more illuminating with subsequent readings, and a reader who undertakes the arduous journey from cover to cover will be rewarded with an entertaining tale.—Arthur Bangs, sffworld.com—
Dantec is a literary revolution.
Babylon Babies, an under-appreciated novel by French punk rocker turned writer Maurice G. Dantec, deserves a wider audience, and not just because its author is frequently mentioned in the same breath as Michel Houellebecq (and definitely not because the book is being adapted into a movie starring Vin Diesel)… what makes this novel (translated by Noura Wedell) so haunting is its vision of a near future in which society has fractured along every possible national, tribal and sectarian fault line.
—New York Times Book Review
Riddled with acronyms and pop culture allusions, this is an intense, intellectually labyrinthine ride.
[T]his novel by Maurice Dantec was an epic ride.
The book deals with the breakdown of community and political certainty. It is gingered with snippets from Dantec’s favourite philosophers and loaded with thoughts of his own. The result is a real workout for the reader. Babylon Babies is a vast encyclopedia of the future as seen through a crystal ball with cracks in the glass…. Babylon Babies is part of a genre that makes play with religious ideas. You might call it theo-fiction.
—The Sydney Morning Herald