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A series of tales based around outer space, Astrotruckers is funny, perverse, inventive and bristling with unstoppable imagination. In the illuminating company of an astrotrucker, we meet the porists - those who venture into outer space beyond the point of return - discover the most popular and most pungent Earth mementos taken into space and learn the essential difference between humans and androids. He clarifies the murky areas of human kwledge: the meaning of the oldest writing in the universe, who set off the big bang, the scientific explanation for Murphy's Law, the catalyst for the death of literature and, t to be forgotten, how the world will end. What do you say to an intellectually superior fistular maggot who wants to observe you watching football? How many doors get slammed in your face when you try to find out who is in charge of the universe? And what happens when you switch your android's personality setting to 'humour'? Poetic, grotesque, hilarious, disgusting and visionary, Astrotruckers will reveal all this, and more...
Mikael Niemi was born in 1959, grew up in Pajala, Sweden and still lives there. His first novel for adults, Popular Music, was awarded the August Prize and was made into a film in 2004. It has sold over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty languages. Among his published books are two collections of poetry - Nasblod under hogmassan (Nosebleed during Morning Service) (1998) and Anglar med mausergevar (Angels with Mausers) (1989) - and a young adult novel, Kyrkdjavulen (The Church Devil) (1994).