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Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman
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Jul 12, 2022 | ISBN 9781641294126

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Praise for Venomous Lumpsucker

Winner of the 2023 Arthur C. Clarke Award
A Last Word with Matt Cooper Best Book of 2022

Venomous Lumpsucker has a utopian future of sorts, but we hardly notice it. In this novel by Ned Beauman, the human species is on trial; the prosecution is at once clinically precise and distractingly funny . . .”
The New York Times

“A madcap adventure story set in a dystopian world ravaged by climate change.” 

“Beauman is a lively writer with a knack for sharp descriptive language . . . But it’s passing observations that futurists will really enjoy, like drugs to kill one’s pleasure in food, or facial recognition software for tracking the spread of a cattle plague . . . it’s these little things that make Venomous Lumpsucker a special pleasure.”
The Toronto Star

“Beaumann’s dark comedic writing tears apart the carbon offset industry, while using sharp storytelling to make big climate ideas easy to digest.”
Wired Magazine

“Screamingly, bleakly funny . . . Beauman has a superlative knack for quotable, witty, and wince-inducing lines, stuffing every page with the kind of exhilarating humor borne of both despair and empathy. A thriller motivated by deep-sea mining destruction and mass extinction, a gut-punching satire of the failure of the carbon offset project: unfortunately, it’s the beach read we deserve. Fortunately, it’s a savagely entertaining one.” 
Chicago Review of Books

“A sharp-edged, high-tech, globe-spanning, deeply speculative tale of the near future, which by necessity is a novel all about extinction, cultural and physical shock waves, and the near-collapse of civilization, filled with brilliant characters ranging from the most venal to the most noble. The book is exciting, unpredictable, and thick with ideas; yet at the same time meditative, fated, and simple as a Zen koan.”
Locus Magazine

“An incredible piece of science fiction . . . it hurts because it feels real.”
—LARB Radio Hour

“A novel that is both funny and profound, full of extraordinary ideas and brilliant set pieces, but also generous and poignant.”
—The Financial Times

“Ned Beauman’s heady fiction blends high concepts with wry humor and jarring transitions.”
—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Beauman masterfully paints a grim picture with wit and satire. This is a dystopian story for anyone who loves wildlife, from giant adorable mammals to an ugly and intelligent little fish.” 
Manhattan Book Review

“This is one for the science fiction nerds . . . a serious book about how we related to animals in the age of extinction.” 
—The Last Word

“Beauman’s acerbic outlook breezes through what could otherwise be a portentous plot; think Smilla’s Sense of Snow as percolated through an Andy Borowitz filter, a mid-apocalyptic comic thriller ideally suited for a post-pandemic audience.”
BookPage, Starred Review

“Beauman is a deft plotter, and his characters are well drawn, with Halyard’s panicked self-interest and Resaint’s icy resolve striking comedic sparks as the pair desperately endeavor to preserve an unlovable marine species . . . The book’s real strength is its ability to evocatively raise profound questions about humanity’s relationship with and responsibility to animals and the larger environment in the course of its often (darkly) comic action. The worldbuilding is dazzling . . . It’s funny—and chilling and terribly sad—because it’s true.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“An ambitious techno-thriller set in a dystopian near future in which evil corporations vie for profits drawn from the digital storage of extinct species . . . the author lays out a blisteringly scathing indictment of capitalism and climate change, and by the end, the implications about the future of AI boggle the mind. Beauman has an impressive intellectual bandwidth.”
Publishers Weekly

“This grief-stricken yet very funny tale about the search for an endangered fish speaks to our age of mass extinctions . . . a near-faultless technical performance.”
—The Guardian (UK)
“[A] brutally satirical and grimily hilarious eco-thriller.”
—Daily Mail (UK)
Venomous Lumpsucker confirms [Beauman’s] reputation as one of the foremost satirists of his generation.”
—The Times (UK)
“Beauman writes beautifully on the level of the sentence . . . Beauman’s world-building is impeccable.”
—Literary Review (UK)
“This is a novel that is both funny and profound, full of extraordinary ideas and brilliant set pieces, but also generous and poignant . . . It’s a book that has lost none of the postmodern verve of its predecessors, but there’s so much more here to love. Venomous Lumpsucker was worth waiting for: a novel that delights, dazzles and moves in equal measure.”  
—The Financial Times (UK)
“You might be forgiven for thinking that a novel about impending ecological disaster and mass extinction won’t be a barrel of laughs. Yet that combination is exactly what Ned Beauman serves up in Venomous Lumpsucker.”            
—Sunday Times (UK)

Praise for Ned Beauman

“A premise as wonderfully outlandish as any we’ve seen in a long while . . . oddball and rambunctious . . . funny, raw and stylish.”
The New York Times
“Amusing and rampageous.”
“A singular novel—singularly clever, singularly audacious, singularly strange—from a singular, and almost recklessly gifted, young writer. This is not fiction for everyone. But for those who stick with it, it’s a wild and wonderful ride.”

“Wildly inventive . . . This fizzy novel is a great time machine all its own . . . Every generation gets the hipster satire it deserves. But this one’s for every generation.”
Entertainment Weekly

Gobsmackingly clever.”
Vanity Fair

The New Yorker
“Endlessly witty and furiously inventive . . . Consolidates the 27-year-old Beauman’s stature as a formidably accomplished writer . . . Beauman flaunts an almost indecently pleasurable way with words . . . Dazzling entertainment.”
The Washington Post


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