Steven-Elliot Altman

Synopsis of Deprivers

In the future, there will be a new reason to be paranoid: sensory deprivation syndrome. Steven-Elliot Altman introduced it in his terrifying anthology, The Touch. Now he takes it one step further in his new novel, inspired by his acclaimed anthology about a world divided by SDS and terrified of its implications as the afflicted fight for their freedom and their lives.

Reviews of Deprivers


DEPRIVERS is a raw, compelling and thought-provoking work of science fiction that leaves readers very unsettled because they project the official treatment of Deprivers onto what has happened to groups in post 9/11 society. -- Harriet Klausner, BooksNBytes

Altman offers many fabulous and inventive ideas but because of his convoluted presentation, the Book misses the bull's eye. -- Jeffrey J. Lyons, SFRevu

The issues Altman focuses on...prejudice, secrecy, evolutionary development, fascism, inter-racial love affairs and so forth...have all been explicated in hundreds of comics and two films. It would be hard for anyone at this late date to grind fresh sparks off such material. -- Paul Di Filippo,

In all, Deprivers is a solid Book that takes on several tasks and discharges them all handily: it gives us characters to believe in, timely social commentary, and ... most crucially ... an clever idea located just far enough outside the commonplace, yet near enough to possibility, to make the story chilling while keeping the action hot and sure. -- Kilian Melloy, Wigglefish

Switches between first- and third-person, as well as character point-of-view, are somewhat jarring, and the reader is never quite sure who to root for, but the premise is intriguing and will please suspense and thriller fans. -- Jen Talley Exum, The Romantic Times Book Club