April 16, 2018

Cosmocopia by Paul Di Filippo

The novel “Cosmocopia” by Paul Di Filippo was published for the first time in 2008.

Frank Lazorg is an artist specializing in work for comics and illustrations who was very famous but after suffering a stroke he can no longer resume his activity. His situation is made even worse by the fact that his great rival Rokesby Marrs took advantage of his misfortune and is churning out a lot of works that mimic Lazorg’s style.

Everything seems lost when Frank Lazorg receives a package sent by a sorcerer containing a very special powder with the promise of positive effects. The man starts taking an increasing amount of the powder and his health seems to improve considerably. His old model, Velina Malaspina, answers his invitation but things don’t go as Lazorg hoped and his reaction leads him to commit the irreparable. In an emotional turmoil, he ends up in another universe where he meets Crutchsump and everything changes.