The Jazz

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Melissa Scott, winner of the John W. Campbell Award, twice winner of the Lambda Award for best novel, and author of the cyberpunk classic, Trouble and Her Friends, returns with a hip novel of the media-dominated future, when the internet is filled with Jazz: intentional misinformation and bewildering disinformation that are both an artform and a business.

Tin Lizzy, a respected Jazz artist with a checkered past, is a theatrical Web site designer who does backgrounds for Jazz productions. When a nifty new script shows up on the web, Lizzy is surprised to learn it came from a teenage boy named Keyz. It turns out Keyz used his parents' access codes to borrow a Hollywood studio's editing program- the true, hidden source of the studio's success. Now the studio head wants to lock him in jail and throw away the key.

So Lizzy rescues him and takes him on the road, across the altered landscape of twenty-first century USA, trying to stay one step ahead of the police . . . . and the vengeance of a megalomaniac CEO.

The Jazz is a road chase novel of the future, filled with shady characters, close calls, and colorful neat ideas.

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

A good, although not exceptional, cyberpunk novel. A teenage hacker uses a program he found on his parents' work network to spice up a computer piece he wrote for the "jazz" - a term that's used for ... Read full review

THE JAZZ

User Review  - Kirkus

More maneuvers at the man/machine interface, from the author of The Shapes of Their Hearts (1998), etc. In the near future, cyberspace is dominated by the "jazz," creative, entertaining, convincing ... Read full review

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Contents

prologue
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one
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two
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three
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four
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five
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six
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seven
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ten
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eleven
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twelve
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thirteen
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fourteen
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fifteen
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sixteen
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seventeen
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eight
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nine
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eighteen
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Melissa Scott lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is twice winner of the Lambda Award for science fiction and winner of the John W. Campbell Award.

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