In tribute to the surrealist narrative techniques of Andre Breton and Robert Desnos, "e;Minor Episodes"e; documents the serial adventures of Minor, the ubiquitous "e;everymogul"e; who embodies the economic one percent and keeps musically erotic quixotics on tap. Having entered a "e;rent in time"e; that gives each chapter an alternate reality, Minor swaggers through an undersea casino, in-flight blockbuster, bawdy Western, and Kafkaesque job hunt, cavorting with billboard queen Bebe Lala and country-music legend Faith Faith, when not dressing down his shifty sidekick, The Concierge, or haunting the intensely disinterested songstress Miss Sharp. However, danger looms in the form of The Stropper, a serial killer fresh out of a shaving promotion, and an enigmatic ginger-beer icon who has retired from a satisfying life of culinary assassinations.
"e;Major Ruckus,"e; a contrapuntal text and parody of the speculative fiction genre, celebrates the stylistic techniques of William S. Burroughs and Robert Anton Wilson, following a frenzied struggle by various parties to obtain an essential time-travel component, a struggle that includes psychic "e;dicks,"e; universal call-center operators, aboriginal eroticists, lubricant heiresses, rogue advertisement animations, pornography censors, and alien sperm-bank clones, all to the horrified fascination of hapless meta-writer Oober Mann. But ultimately it is Carl Sagan who creates the most confusion, when his prudish doodle of a woman is sent into space aboard the "e;Voyager"e; probe, triggering a plan to "e;assist"e; Earth's declining population through extraterrestrials in the guise of census takers.
"e;Minor Episodes"e; and "e;Major Ruckus"e; introduce The Chaos Quincunx series.
Garry Thomas Morse is a Governor General's Awardnominated poet and fiction writer.