What I remember, I think the city was underground. The protagonist was a male teen, possibly with psychic powers.

I do remember a scene where the protagonist was mentally going on about zero calorie food when he was in a lift (Elevator). I also remember at the end of the book he had to change the shade of his skin.

He had a background of a gifted school or something, and also the main protagonist had a female friend from the same school. I think he worked at/near a bar. The lift scene thought process was brought on because fat people were in the lift with him. I think the cover had him on a flying/hovering machine.

I'm forty one and I read this in my teens. So nothing published after 1995.


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You may be conflating two stories, but the majority of your description matches Daniel Keys Moran's The Long Run, part of his Continuing Time series. Trent Castanaveras is a Player, something like a glorified programmer or web dancer. He uses an Image (basically an AI software program) to help him interact with the internet. He's also a gifted thief and is on the way to discuss a job when he runs into the overweight French women on the elevator.

He was gengineered as part of Project Superman which was trying to create warriors. What they got were telepaths--all except for Trent. The woman you're thinking of is Denice Castanaveras who is the daughter of Carl Castanaveras and Jany McConnell, both telepaths. Both have been in hiding since the rest of the telepaths were destroyed by the government.

His "cover" story is that he repairs computers and other appliances--he lives upstairs is a highly modified apartment. He does visit a Temple / restaurant later to deal with some local gang issues. One of his BFFs is Jimmy Ramirez, ex-boxer who wants to become a lawyer.

The original cover is a picture of an aircar rising next to a skyscraper and is by Jim Burns.

Book Cover - The Long Run

It's been released in limited editions by DKM, and is available as an ebook.

  • I think you got it, the cover looks right. Thank you. I found a ebook copy. Now let's hope it holds up to the memory. Oct 20, 2017 at 16:40
  • For sure you found it. I just found the food rant about what is known as empty food. This stuck with me because wanted it to be real. Thanks Oct 22, 2017 at 17:50

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