Dick Cheney Saves Paris

General Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Ryan Forsythe

Publisher : Love Earth Publications

ABOUT Ryan Forsythe

Ryan Forsythe
Ryan Forsythe is the author of the novel "Dick Cheney Saves Paris," published the same day as Dick Cheney's own novel--er, memoir, and of "The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn't," a children's book for adults. Learn more at ryanforsythe.com


With insight, humor, and a bit of 'I don't know what,' Ryan Forsythe turns the modern political satire on its head in this alternative historical novel exploring why Dick Cheney has done the things he's done.

We first meet a young Richard Bruce 'Dick' Cheney in the year 2791 as he endures another of his Dad's lectures on the terrible no good Gore presidency, the source of all suffering in the world after a series of freak time travel accidents vaporized our dearest celebrities. Soon Cheney is on a joyride through time with his buddy Kimo. Unfortunately, their time machine stalls out on the Interyear and Dick finds he is stuck in the Nixon administration.

Recalling his father's rants, Cheney realizes he has the opportunity to change history. If he can ensure Gore loses the 2000 election, perhaps 800 years later he could finally make his old man proud. Will the assistance of alien pinochle player Donald Rumsfeld be enough? Or will he have to enlist both foul-mouthed mob boss Ralph Nader and the secretly Republication robot Joseph Lieberman? And what does the Iran-Contra scandal have to with any of this?

Forsythe skewers the conventions of modern books and DVDs, with numerous 'bonus features.' Included are a Deleted Epilogue (obviously not deleted); a faux Author Commentary featuring Forsythe and Cheney discussing Cheney's actions in chapter one; and a Reading Group Guide, with discussion questions and an author interview.

Dick Cheney Saves Paris heralds a new voice in the genre of personal and political madcap sci-fi meta- anti- novels. Read the book about which Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan says, 'There is no way in hell I'm gonna read this, much less blurb it.'

I am concerned about the world we live in--the environment, the state of politics, social justice--and many of these concerns find their way into my writing. Midway through Bush II, I was trying to understand why Dick Cheney had done many of the things he's done (such as voting against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela). To me, many of his actions only made sense if he was perhaps from another world and just got stuck here. Soon I had completed the first draft of "Dick Cheney Saves Paris," a novel re-imagining the life of our 46th VP. My hope was to get it out in the world before Cheney left office, but life happened. I still sent it around, and a few publishers liked the idea but felt it wasn't timely. I set the book aside and moved on to other things. Fast-forward to this past January when I learned that Dick Cheney will be releasing his own novel, er...I mean autobiography. If I could revise my book and release it the same day as his, then perhaps the world will better understand that his story is but one version of the events, that even books labeled as "autobiography" are fictions. Naturally Cheney's version of his story will gloss over the more egregious of his many accomplishments. And anyway, that may be the one day that this book can be considered "timely." The book also has an official soundtrack, featuring 17 various artists, available from Love Earth Music or as a download at http://dickcheneysavesparis.bandcamp.com

"...dizzying, very funny, and savagely satirical... Dick Cheney Saves Paris is the work of a talented humorist." - Gabriel Ricard, UnlikelyStories.org

"THE BEST meta anti Novel I've ever had the pleasure to fall through like butterscotch pudding...if you haven't read it you're missing out on the best of the new flavors in surreal dipped meta trips in literature" - VictoriaSelene Skye~Deme, Surrealist Poetess

"I'm totally gonna teach DCSP in some class some day in the future."  - Chris Hall, Adjunct Professor of English

"There's no way in hell I'm going to read this, much less blurb it." - Brian K. Vaughan, Author of Y: The Last Man and Writer for TV's Lost