In 1 % Free, it’s 2042, and America’s second civil war rages.
Detective Jimmy Hidalgo tracks a serial killer whose first victim was Jimmy’s best friend, in a San Francisco on the brink of social insurrection. The killer has a terrifying new way of murdering her victims. Salvor Becky Wiley recovers a mysterious object from burned out suburbs in a balkanized Los Angeles. She does not sense the importance of the enigmatic artifact until the LAPD and FBI try to seize it. As Becky realizes that her salvage is too hot to handle, and as Jimmy concludes that the man paying him to find the killer is an extraterrestrial, this slow-motion apocalypse shifts into high gear. Pursued by cops and aliens, Becky and Jimmy converge on the Palm Springs Free City in secessionist Aztlán. When exotic artifact and serial killer meet, the near cataclysmic confrontation and the galaxy wrenching conclusion will determine the fate, not merely of Jimmy and Becky, but of all humanity.
Born in 1952, George Matiasz was a late hippie and an early punk. He began self-publishing at 17 with a high school underground newspaper, and burned his draft card at age 18. Essays from his publication Point-Blank/San Diego’s Daily Impulse have been reprinted in Semiotext[e] USA, the Utne Reader, and War Resisters’ League’s short-lived youth publication SPEW! He has also published essays in Against The Wall, the New Indicator, Draft NOtices, and the San Diego Newsline. His first science fiction novel End Time: Notes on the Apocalypse was published in 1994 by AK Press and was reprinted in Portuguese by a Brazilian publisher. He lives in San Francisco, where he writes a monthly column of news analysis and political commentary for Maximum Rocknroll under the name “Lefty” Hooligan. 1% Free is published through his business 62 Mile Press.