Infinite Detail

Infinite Detail

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

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Title:Infinite Detail
Author:Tim Maughan
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0374175411
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Infinite Detail Reviews

  • Danielle
    Jan 29, 2019
    This book was pretty fascinating. I feel like there is a lot to unpack with it. The book?s chapters take place either ?Before? or ?After?. The pivotal moment being an instantaneous catastrophic destruction of the internet. The ?Before? takes place a few years into the fut...
  • Bryan Alexander
    Apr 30, 2019
    Infinite Detail is a novel about technological culture and dystopia, but those two topics aren't paired in quite the way readers might expect. It takes place along two timelines, something very close to our present ("Before") and a time about fifteen years hence ("After"). During th...
  • Rupa
    Mar 28, 2019
    Tim Maughan is a master of making the invisible visible. In Infinite Detail, he forces us to consider the inner workings of systems so ubiquitous that we can barely remember what it was like before we had them, let alone project what a future might be like without them. The premise of ...
  • Rudi Dewilde
    Apr 30, 2019
    Infinite detail by Tim Maughan is a tour-de-force. A world that is totally depended on connectivity is thrown back when a virus hits the internet and everything stops working. How do you survive? Why did this happen? Who is behind this disaster? Going back and forth, we get a mesmerizi...
  • Christopher Tower
    Aug 06, 2019
    Warren Ellis' blurb says it best calling this book "required reading for the future's next fifteen minutes. Lauren Beukes called it as jolting as an EMP, and Jeff Vandermeer lauds it for asking crucial questions, which it does. There's a musical vibe running through the whole thing lik...
  • Adam
    Jun 03, 2019
    What happens after Brexit? Once the right wing takes hold, governments fall and the internet becomes an all-encompassing force of control? Infinite Detail covers the years in the not too distant future when society collapses and the digital age is no more. Set in New York and Bristol, ...
  • August BourrĂ©
    Mar 07, 2019
    Originally posted here: http://www.vestige.org/2019/03/07/inf... It?s rare for me to be as excited about a new release as I am about Tim Maughan?s excellent debut novel, Infinite Detail. I don?t recall exactly who put me on to Maughan?s work?someone on Twitter, surely, as ...
  • Susan Emmet
    Aug 02, 2019
    Finite creatures really can't "deal" with infinite detail. With the ubiquity of algorithims, all sorts of "things" are "done" for us. And "done" means cooked, baked, broken and yet fertile in some ways for those who have a "plan." Two timelines: before and after the "death" of the Int...
  • Valentina Palladino
    Mar 03, 2019
    What would you do if the Internet disappeared? I don?t mean your home Wi-Fi shuts down for a few hours - I mean the Internet as we know it today crashes and burns. Maughan explores this idea in Infinite Detail by giving his take on life before and after a cyberterrorist attack effect...
  • Richard
    Mar 22, 2019
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had shades of some of my favourite sci-fi / alternative authors without ever feeling derivative. It has the political feel of Doctorow and the cool of Jeff Noon. It is a very British book (in the best, coolest way possible), and describes a very believa...
  • Bandit
    Jan 18, 2019
    This was a doozy of a book to read on what turned out to be the longest blackout in recent past. Although to be precise this novel isn?t apocalypse by blackout so much as it is apocalypse by disconnect. Yes, the power goes out, but the main paralyzing factor is that a population so c...
  • Eva
    May 28, 2019
    I enjoyed this. It's been a while since I've read a good nerdy punk scifi/dystopia. We're in the near future full of data and algorithms and everyone's rocking smart glasses. But there's also techno-terrorism and after setting off some EMPs the whole power and network grids are knocked...
  • Anneke
    Mar 03, 2019
    Book Review: Infinite Detail Author: Tim Maughan Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux/MCD x FSG Originals Publication Date: March 5, 2019 Review Date: March 4, 2019 I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the Amazon blurb: ?...
  • Chris Sosa
    May 06, 2019
    "Infinite Detail" is a stunning look into a near-future that doesn't strain credulity. Tim Maughan captures the anxiety of contemporary life in the digital age by imagining societal collapse through the global networks we rely upon to survive. Maughan's vision is made especially di...
  • Adrien
    Aug 26, 2019
    When's the last time you read dystopian sci-fi by a guy who loves drum & bass? ...
  • Travis
    May 23, 2019
    This book was very reminiscent of William Gibson. A well done near-future dystopia focused on the social and economic ramifications of technology. Also largely without a driving plot, as characters just kind of waft from interaction to interaction. The crux of the story is that the ...
  • Philipp
    Apr 08, 2019
    SkyNet is real, and it wants to sell you shoes made by child slaves. Every decade's science-fiction is taking common themes and anxieties of its decade, and transfers them slightly into the future. 60s SF had a nuclear war, 70s SF had ecological collapse, 80s SF had mega conglom...
  • Jeff
    Jun 18, 2019
    A near-future tale of omni-connected technology and the corporate-erasure of privacy, set both before and after a never-fully-explained act of cyber-terrorism brings down the whole system. At times I approached reading it as less of a novel and more as a searing monograph on how em...
  • matthew
    Mar 10, 2019
    I never reviewed it, but I read Tim Maughan's Paintwork back in 2012, making me an oldschool Maughan fan (Maugfan?). I'm sure I heard about it from Jonathan McCalmont (pretty much all the good SF I've read has been recommended by him). I can't believe it's been 7 years since I read Pai...
  • Rodney
    Mar 30, 2019
    "With zero bandwidth there is no calling for backup." ...
  • Eva Nebbia
    Jan 27, 2019
    I read more than half of this, looked up, thought, ?I really don?t care what happens.? And put it down. 2019 is the year of me feeling okay with ditching books I don?t care about. ...
  • Kim
    Mar 19, 2019
    I wanted to love this but the disjointed writing didn't do it for me. The plot was obvious from the beginning while reading, which didn't deter me from continuing. I was looking forward to how the story was handled and was ultimately let down. Maybe editing played a part here. I felt ...
  • saranimals
    May 05, 2019
    Infinite fucking detail. I absolutely loved reading this book. It's a dual timeline story, a telling of the before and after the entire internet is taken offline, worldwide. The characters are so incredibly well written. I particularly enjoyed the unstable homeless guy, Frank, but t...
  • Meike
    Feb 21, 2019
    This is the kind of book we might pick up again in ten years' time only to be devastated by how many of Maughan's predictions of techno-terrorism have come true: Intertwining two alternating timelines - before and after a total internet shutdown that has plunged the world into chaos -,...
  • Wendy Liu
    Mar 07, 2019
    This book came in the mail today and I read the whole thing this afternoon, in about 3 hours, stopping only to make lunch. Suffice to say I found it riveting. This is a clever work of dystopian near-future sci-fi, imagining a world where the Internet is even more ubiquitous, and eve...
  • Daniela Dale
    Apr 14, 2019
    The recent congressional hearings concerning hate speech and political censorship has made it clear - we haven?t even begun to understand the ramifications of the unprecedented access we have to harmful ideologies and each other. Now apply this unwillingness or inability really, to r...
  • Katarzyna Jezierska
    Aug 30, 2019
    A bit scary, as this is a story which just might happen to us and end the civilization as we know it. I could not stop reading, even when becoming really uneasy. Maybe a lesson for the future to avoid such developments?... but can it be done?... A very moving portrait of the world af...
  • Realms & Robots
    Jun 01, 2019
    Infinite Detail is a reminder of what it means to be human without the distractions of technology or the constant advertisements swirling around our lives at any given time. It?s a before and after tale, detailing the lives of multiple characters who want to see the end of a hyper-su...
  • Roland Curit
    Jul 02, 2019
    I usually like dystopian future fiction, but this book was a little hard to get into. At the halfway point (180 pages), I still couldn?t grasp where the book was heading. "Infinite Detail" is about life without the internet. Mankind has lived 99.9999% of its existence without the int...
  • Nathan Taylor
    Apr 25, 2019
    I heard about this book through a BBC news article on how societal collapse might end up being a good thing, and the next day I was surprised to find the book on the shelves of my local independent bookstore. In this book we only begin to see a glimpse of the positive potentials, but...