The Not Yet
A speculative, meditative adventure set in a watery future New Orleans where the worst sort of people never die. It has won acclaim as a Finalist, for Philip K. Dick Award, an international prize for paperback original science fiction novel of the year in 2013. It was also the October Selection of Science Fiction Book Club of Central London, and named among the Year’s 10 Best, New Orleans Times Picayune. Best Books, Sans Serif, San Francisco—
“…..When I finished The Not Yet, I couldn’t help imagining someone coming across this novel hundreds of years from now; this future reader, like Malcolm, might marvel at the how much has changed, and how perilously we ignored the warning signs.” Author Michelle Richmond, San Serif, San Francisco
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“An instant classic. On par with Bradbury, Vonnegut, and Burgess, the fascinating near-future setting creates an entirely new world….this novel really transcends genres, an emotional, oh-so-human story in a futuristic, inhumane world…(H. Evrard, Amazon Reader
READ THE BEGINNING OF THE NOT YET: MALCOLM DISCOVERS HOW THE WORLD WORKS: THE NOT YET CHAPTER ONE
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Moira Crone’s The Not Yet is disturbing, entrancing, and unforgettable. Set in the 22nd century in a barely recognizable New Orleans–known in the complex and fascinating dystopian geography of the novel as the New Orleans Islands–The Not Yet explores our obsession with youth and appearance against a backdrop of irreversible and frighteningly plausible climate change…..In Crone’s richly imagined world, government has become more invasive, society more divided, with strict divisions among classes. The social order is so rigid that non-heirs are not allowed to touch the Heirs whom they serve. The orphan at the center of the novel, Malcolm de Lazarus, survives his childhood as an actor in the Sims, elaborate performances that allow Heirs to laugh at the absurdities of life before the scientific discoveries that made near-immortality possible. The story jogs back and forth between Malcolm’s childhood and his struggle as a 20-year-old man to survive and to claim his inheritance. He is a “Not Yet” because he has not yet become an heir, but is in line to achieve that enviable state.
The Not Yet is the most forceful depiction of global warming that I have ever seen. New Orleans is a series of islands which continue to sink, and yet the spirit of New Orleans is still alive in strange places that Malcolm discovers in a journey by boat among the islands.
The Not Yet shimmers with the extraordinarily descriptive prose and surprising turns of phrase that anyone familiar with Moira Crone’s work has come to expect from her. But it is far more than a unique, inimitable style that makes this novel so memorable. It feels prophetic and important. In one scene, Malcolm’s mentor sends him out to find ancient texts. As the novel progresses, she immerses herself in these texts–a blasphemous act–ultimately following her own path of enlightenment to explosive consequences.