In a desolate near future, an unemployed trucker gets paid to chauffeur a simulacrum of Benjamin Franklin on a speaking tour across America. A lonely realtor takes in a long-lost uncle who claims to have returned from the future and blogs accordingly. A self-help writer finds inspiration in his dogged but troubled young milkman. The finest actor of his generation stoops to coaching actors on the set of a sci-fi cheapie. And the translator aboard a Portuguese carrack must decide whether to follow his deranged captain, Ferdinand Magellan, or end his reign of terror by killing him. The stories in Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science present a strange future and harrowing past in a delightful, alchemical mixture of realism and complete bullshit.
“Bradley Bazzle’s Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science is an unforgettable collection of fever-dreams. These hilarious near-future episodes read as both prophecy of a time to come and a satire of our current moment. Bazzle’s gifts as a writer are tremendous: his stories delight and horrify—often simultaneously.”
–Nick White, author of How to Survive a Summer
“Filled with time travelers, Ben Franklin peddlers, and deeply problematic milkmen, Bazzle has gathered a fantastic collection of absurdist tales, full of humor and heart, for the 21st Century.”
–Alexander Weinstein, author of Children of the New World
“Bradley Bazzle’s stories are fraught with mystery and strangeness—they will also make you laugh out loud. His prose is propulsive and his poetic attention to minutia and gesture brings his characters to life and makes his richly imagined worlds feel wholly familiar. Comparisons to other masters of comic humanism are inevitable—George Saunders and Kurt Vonnegut come to mind—but Bazzle’s voice is unlike any I’ve ever read.”
–Maceo Montoya, author of The Deportation of Wopper Barraza