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Drew Magary

Drew MagaryDrew Magary is a columnist, interviewer and book author in the U.S. He wrote novel The PostMortal (End Specialist in the UK) about a cure for aging and Someone Could Get Hurt about parenting in the 21st century. He is a regular contributor for GQ magazine. Magary’s interviewed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for GQ and the article became widely covered for Robertson’s comments. Magary has written for Deadspin, NBC, Maxim magazine and the NFL humor site Kissing Suzy Kolber. He has also been published in Rolling Stone magazine, Comedy Central, New York Magazine, ESPN, Yahoo!, Playboy magazine, The Wire, The Atlantic and Penthouse magazine. The Postmortal won a Philip K. Dick Award in 2011 and The End Specialist won an Arthur C. Clarke Award.


The Postmortal: Entertaining and thought-provoking

The Postmortal by Drew Magary

It's 2019, and the cure for aging is here. By sheer accident, scientists have identified the gene that causes aging. After receiving "the cure," people can still get the flu, or cancer, or get murdered or die in car accidents, but the actual, biological aging process is halted so their bodies can theoretically keep going forever. The Postmortal is the story of John Farrell, a young estate lawyer who receives the cure early on and witnesses its effects on society firsthand.

The Postmortal is one of those old-fashioned science fiction novels that takes current — or at least very near-future — society as a starting point, adds one big scientific breakthrough, and then extrapolates its effects. The Truth Machine by James L. Halperin had an infallible lie detector. In The Terminal Experiment by Read More

The Hike: A surreal and often humorous journey

The Hike by Drew Magary

I’m of two minds on Drew Magary’s The Hike (2016). On the one hand, it’s a fast, energetic, often funny and sometimes moving work. On the other hand, its plotting feels wholly capricious and arbitrary and some of the territory it wanders is well-worn or less profound than it seems like it wants to be taken. I mostly like my books with a bit more structured depth, and if you do as well, then I think you’ll zip through and enjoy The Hike while also being a bit annoyed. But if you’re looking for is a fun video game kind of ride with a smattering of emotionality, you’ll just enjoy.

Magary begins pretty mundanely, with the main character Ben on a business trip in a mountaintop motel in Pennsylvania. He sets off on a trail behind the motel, and then things turn gr... Read More

More speculative fiction from Drew Magary

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsThe End Specialist — (2011) A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered! to devastating consequences “You got me. I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess. That’s why I’m here.” (An excerpt from the digital journal of John Farrell, cure age 29) 2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for ageing. Three injections and you’re immortal — not bulletproof or disease-proof but you’ll never have to fear death by old age. For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is revelling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister side, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear. Now, John must make a new choice: run and hide forever, or stay and fight those who try to make immortal life a living hell. The e-book edition contains exclusive extra content – for those who want to find out even more consequences of the cure for ageing.