Sig Dreyer

Created by F. Paul Wilson

Another gloomy future. Most of the Earth’s population has got while the getting’s good, abandoning the ol’ home planet for the safety of outer space.

The few that have stuck around in horror and sci-fi writer  F. Paul Wilson’s Dydeetown World (1989) have to make do with a world where, thanks to genetic engineering and cloning, anyone with the scratch can now have a pet tyrannosaurus rex as a pet (and you thought pit bulls were bad!) or a movie star for a date. That’s the way things go in Dydeetown, a place where dreams are for sale, and everything else will go for whatever anyone can get. It’s like a Sin City version of Clones-R-Us, or Westworld meets Jurassic Park, a place populated by Lost Boys, Buttonheads and formerly dead A-listers.

And into Dydee wanders SIG DREYER, a down-at-the-heels private op, complete with cockroach droppings on his desk, who’s trying to keep body and soul together and just not doing too well. Then this Jean Harlow dame comes waltzing in with a problem, see?

So what else can he do, but listen? After all, he’s “The Last Detective in the World.”

The author himself called it his ” quiet little SF tribute to Raymond Chandler,” according to the intro in the ebook edition. He goes on to explain how the book began as a 1984 novella, “Dydeetown Girl,” and was eventually reworked and expanded into the three-part Dydeetown World, and became book four of the author’s five-book LaNague Federation series, “a skillful blend of space opera and idea-centered science fiction.”


Best known for his horror writing, the genre-bending F. Paul Wilson is a New York Times bestselling author with more than twenty novels under his belt, including The Adversary Cycle, the Repairman Jack series, and several collections of short fiction. His works has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. He reportedly is hiding out somewhere on the Jersey Shore.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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