Tim Maughan’s Infinite Detail is a debut sf novel about counterculture, resistance, and the post-internet apocalypse.
Tim Maughan has long been one of the most promising up-and-coming, avante garde UK science fiction writers, whose post-cyberpunk short fiction mixed radical politics with a love of graffiti and a postmodern filmmaker’s eye: now, with his debut novel Infinite Detail, Maughan shows that he has what it takes to work at longer lengths, and can sustain a first-rate adventure story that grabs and never lets go, without sacrificing the political and technological insights that give his work depth that will stay with you long after the book is done.
Infinite Detail tells the story of a mysterious, permanent internet-wide shutdown, through the lens of counterculture network guerrillas who grow out of graffiti/squatter subculture in Bristol. The action flips back and forth between their fraught bohemia in which smart city technology is jammed in favor of free software that gives users control and community without ever spying on them; and the post-apocalyptic, blighted world ten years after the network collapses, killing supply chains, kicking off plagues and civil unrest, starvation and revolutions.
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