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The author of the book: David Wallace Fleming
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Language: English
Edition: Smashwords Edition
Date of issue: April 8th 2012
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Featuring twelve stories from "technical satirist" David Wallace Fleming, Not from Concentrate nevertheless manages to distill the very essence of modern life in all its pulpy, alienating bewilderment. Covering such banal subjects as work, leisure, and love, DWF considers all the different ways in which our ubiquitous media and gadgetry serve to amplify and exasperate our hopes, our fears, and the minutiae of our daily lives, following those trajectories to their logical conclusions and usually to great tragicomic effect.

In this 2012 interview, DWF explains that "we've reached a saturation point in society where it doesn't make sense to write fiction that predicts the future if we can't already understand the technology of the present." Ergo, his stories don't deal with time travelers as much as they do with telecommuters. They're not about phaser beams; they're about Facebook. The overall effect is less fantastical than most science fiction out there (a genre in which some of these tales might fall), but it's certainly more insightful from a present day perspective. Without giving away too much plot-wise, here are a few things that stuck out to me:

In the not too distant future, human actors are routinely barred from the roles they once played, lacking the emotive range of their robotic rivals. Can't hang with the "turbulence quotient" required by today's television audience? Don't worry, you'll still be famous -- just not "robot famous."

In the afterlife, there's nothing to do but play video games all day long, and you'll never get less than full bars wherever you go. Worried about your loved ones back on Earth? Just look 'em up online, duh!

In the meantime, we drink Cokes to caffeinate ourselves into the future, and Rolling Rocks to drunken ourselves into the past. Bonking bonkers will bonk all night bonking long, as western science shakes hands with the asian spirit world. Your perfect digital girlfriend may not have perfect digits in reality, but you'll still want to marry that little bitch regardless.

One of my favorite stories in this collection, "Goodbye, My Television", centers on the experience of the titular appliance come to life, fully personified with the same issues and anxieties dogging his legions of viewers. Whatever you do, don't mention his weight -- "You know what they say, brah, reality adds like ten mother-bleeping lbs and shit."

On a cross-country road trip to find the woman he loves, TV finds it difficult to change channels in the midst of so much unchanging scenery. Since he hasn't taken human form since 1984, TV does not know that all places in America are now basically the same. And since he's too busy out gallivanting around to do his job of entertaining the masses, the populace doesn't exactly know how to react, either. "People don't know how to feel anymore, and so they rely on TV, but all he ever shows them is garbage." Hence the garbage that is their lives.

TV does not understand sex, but he DOES understand long guns, explosions, and trains pounding into tunnels. He's never been able to depict a woman's grace through pixels, although he's certainly tried his best. TV used to hypnotize us all, but now he's starting to believe his own bullshit. No one really cares though, just so long as he tells us what rich people are doing right now.

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Ebook Not from Concentrate read Online! David writes satire and humor within a variety of genres. He writes the kind of stories that he'd like to see written and wants to give readers something special and reflective of the exciting times in which we live.

His short stories have appeared in Out of the Gutter, Escape Velocity and the Bizarro Press.Check out his poems at

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