Post by James Nicoll
The City We Became (Great Cities, book 1) by N. K. Jemisin
Your review fills me with déjà vu. Beings _Became_'s birthdate was but
mere days ago , the Shirley suggested by you seems a sensible source
for my feelings.
Stu Cole is struggling to keep his nightclub, Club Anesthesia,
afloat in the face of mob harassment when he's visited by a
manifestation of the city of San Francisco, crystallized into
a single enigmatic being. This amoral superhero leads him on
a terrifying journey through the rock and roll demimonde as
they struggle to save the city. 
Speaking of anesthesia, "its discovery represents a totally American
contribution to medicine."  "Under the guise of protecting teeth, the
Manhattan Project set about obtaining data on long-term fluoride
exposure."  Fluroxene was conincidentally introduced into anesthetics
in 1954 and later withdrawn due to its flammability and toxicity.
 Greene NM. Anesthesia and the development of surgery (1846-1896).
Anesth Analg 1979;58:5-12.
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