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The Infinite Future

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
An exhilarating, original novel, set in Brazil, Idaho, and outer space, about an obsessive librarian, a down-at-heel author, and a disgraced historian who go on the hunt for a mystical, life-changing book - and find it.

The Infinite Future is a mind-bending novel that melds two addictive tales in one. In the first, we meet three broken people, joined by an obsession with a forgotten Brazilian science-fiction author named Salgado-MacKenzie. There's Danny, a writer who's been scammed by a shady literary award committee; Sergio, journalist turned sub-librarian in Sao Paulo; and Harriet, an excommunicated Mormon historian in Salt Lake City, who years ago corresponded with the reclusive Brazilian writer. The motley trio sets off to discover his identity, and whether his fabled masterpiece - never published - actually exists. Did his inquiries into the true nature of the universe yield something so enormous that his mind was blown for good?

In the second half, Wirkus gives us the lost masterpiece itself - the actual text of The Infinite Future, Salgado-MacKenzie's wonderfully weird magnum opus. The two stories merge in surprising and profound ways. Part science fiction, part academic satire, and part book-lover's quest, this wholly original novel captures the heady way that stories inform and mirror our lives.

Audiobook Cast of Narrators:

  • Michael Crouch, as Danny
  • Jonathan Davis, as Sergio
  • Hillary Huber, as Harriet
  • Phoebe Strole, as Sister Ursula
  • Kristen Sieh, as Irena
  • Sean Patrick Hopkins, as Tim
  • Oliver Wyman, as Craig
  • Carol Monda, as Madge


Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Infinite Future is uniquely pleasurable. Again and again it changes the terms of its telling--wrapping stories within stories and narrators within narrators, enclosing the mystical in the earthly and the fantastic in the realistic....Wirkus has a gift for maintaining a story's equilibrium, and with each new narrative layer he explores, I found myself instantly reinvested in the proceedings." - Kevin Brockmeier

"Tim Wirkus has channeled the ghost of Laurence Sterne and the imagination of Rene Magritte. From the foreword on I was taken by this novel. Entertaining, fun and very, very smart, the story is everywhere at once, but never lost. This is a house of mirrors worth entering." - Percival Everett

"Tim Wirkus has worked wonders. The Infinite Future is an astonishing feat, a religious text wrapped in a science-fiction yarn wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a road trip wrapped in a snarky collegiate literary feud. At every turn it surprises and delights, and in the end it proves itself a deeply moving examination of what it means to tell--and more importantly, be told--stories." - Forrest Leo

"Brilliant, playful, and profound, The Infinite Future offers its readers stories within stories within stories, all of them thrilling and wise. Tim Wirkus has written a strange and beautiful magic trick of a book, and I was enthralled. I loved it." - Edan Lepucki

"Roberto Bolano meets Ursula K. Le Guin meets James Hynes meets, um, Kilgore Trout? I'm having a difficult time being clever in the shadow of having read Tim Wirkus's magnificently audacious The Infinite Future. How about this: it's a book about the power and melancholy magic of the stories we tell and of the stories we live." - Paul Tremblay


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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Infinite Future: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Wirkus
ISBN: 0-7352-2432-3 / 978-0-7352-2432-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Infinite Future: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Wirkus
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Infinite Future: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Wirkus
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Infinite Future: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Wirkus
Publisher: Penguin Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU