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Infinite Detail

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Deft and jolting as an EMP, Infinite Detail is a worryingly credible ghost story about our electronic lives." - Lauren Beukes

"Maughan conducts a masterclass in the thrill and contradictions of counterculture, the uses and abuses of networks, the ways that capitalism can bend and flex to adapt, until, suddenly, it breaks. This is a stunning debut." - Cory Doctorow

"Infinite Detail is the new required reading for the future's next fifteen minutes. A sobering, often frightening look at the implications of the networked world. Riveting, sinister and deeply human." - Warren Ellis

"Looping and layered, disruptive and deeply linked--Tim Maughan's unsparing tale of the internet's end is a paper internet unto itself. The native 21st-century novel is coming into view; it looks like Infinite Detail." - Robin Sloan

"A singular speculative debut, Infinite Detail asks crucial questions about the nature of our relationship to technology. A lively and provocative novel particularly equipped for the challenges of our moment." - Jeff VanderMeer

"Tim Maughan brings a deep knowledge of why the contemporary world works as it does, along with an informed awareness of how subcultures operate, to Infinite Detail--a powerful narrative featuring characters hardened but never crushed, told in crystal-sharp writing that leaves you wanting more." - Jack Womack


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Used availability for Tim Maughan's Infinite Detail

Paperback Editions

March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Infinite Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Maughan
ISBN: 0-374-17541-1 / 978-0-374-17541-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Infinite Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Maughan
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Infinite Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Maughan
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Infinite Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Maughan
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Infinite Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Maughan
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Infinite Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Maughan
Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU