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Infinite Detail

A Novel
Narrated by: Joe Sims, Marisa Calin
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

This program includes a bonus interview between the author and journalist Brian Merchant. 

A timely and uncanny portrait of a world in the wake of fake news, diminished privacy, and a total shutdown of the internet. 

Before: In Bristol’s center lies the Croft, a digital no-man’s-land cut off from the surveillance, big-data dependence, and corporate-sponsored, globally hegemonic aspirations that have overrun the rest of the world. Ten years in, it’s become a center of creative counterculture. But it’s fraying at the edges, radicalizing from inside. How will it fare when its chief architect, Rushdi Mannan, takes off to meet his boyfriend in New York City - now the apotheosis of the new techno-utopian global metropolis?  

After: An act of anonymous cyberterrorism has permanently switched off the internet. Global trade, travel, and communication have collapsed. The luxuries that characterized modern life are scarce. In the Croft, Mary - who has visions of people presumed dead - is sought out by grieving families seeking connections to lost ones. But does Mary have a gift, or is she just hustling to stay alive? Like Grids, who runs the Croft’s black market like personal turf. Or like Tyrone, who hoards music (culled from cassettes, the only medium to survive the crash) and tattered sneakers like treasure.  

The world of Infinite Detail is a small step shy of our own: utterly dependent on technology, constantly brokering autonomy and privacy for comfort and convenience. With Infinite Detail, Tim Maughan makes the hitherto unimaginable come true: the end of the internet, the end of the world as we know it.

©2019 Tim Maughan (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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I thought I was going to like this and it started out ok, but the story relied too heavily on exposition (getting rather preachy at times rather than letting the reader draw their own conclusions from actions and inferences) and, more detrimentally, I found the narrator and production to be grating.

The accents were OTT (I wouldn’t be surprised if some people found them offensive) and it was read more like a dramatisation than a narration. I don’t like it when dialogue is yelled in my ears and when prose is over dramatised; it makes for a tense listening experience.

There was also one very strange interlude where a section was read using a compilation of voices with electronic modulation—it was actually disturbing. Again, more what you expect of a dramatisation than a narration and it perhaps won’t bother people who are looking for this type of thing, but it wasn’t at all for me.

A shame, but I really can’t recommend it.

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  • CYNICALifornia
  • 28-03-19

Thinly veiled political propaganda

If you want to be a compelling science fiction story, great. If you want to be a political story, fine. Don't be one while pretending to be the other.

The end of the internet is used as a backdrop in this book while it focuses on themes of how terrible white people are, how terrible cops are, how terrible capitalism is, how terrible corporations are and how terrible government is.

No lessons or allegories, just propaganda ending in hypocritical self-loathing.

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