GUANTANAMO REDUX ($15: Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-299-9; $30: Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-300-2; $2.99: EBook ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-301-9; LCCN: 2016919184; Release: April 15, 2017; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): uses the techniques of speculative fiction and science fiction to create a dystopian vision of the near future in America. Here, most any kind of dissent is criminalized and individuals are routinely charged with terrorism offences. The L. A. Mercy Killer is incarcerated in the Bay of Frisco, a center for domestic terrorists, after the third terror has destroyed much of Los Angeles. Special Agent Orwell and Judge Dan believe the girl whose face you can’t see was deeply involved in not only the Mercy Killer’s crime, but, also, the massive terror attack on Los Angeles. In Part II of the novella, a flashback, we retrace the steps of the girl whose face you can’t see prior to the third terror. Who is she and what does she represent? Did she know the L.A. Mercy Killer? Was she responsible for his crime and for her own? The conclusion of the novella is a chilling expose of how conformity and authoritarianism threaten freedom, imagination, language, life and limb. The L.A. Mercy Killer stands in the long tradition of dissidents who rage against the security state.
DEAN GESSIE enjoyed a long career as Head of the English Department at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario. While there, he was also Director of the award-winning Joshua Weinzweig Creative Writing Program. As a teenager, Gessie’s play won best entry for Northern Ontario in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s playwriting contest. Gessie also won Honorable Mention in the 2008 Press 53 Novella Competition. Most recently, one of Gessie’s short stories was selected to the list of Highly Commended Stories in the international Manchester Fiction Prize, England’s biggest literary award for unpublished creative writing. Gessie has also written and served extensively as a social justice activist.