In July we launched an online book club to read near-future science fiction. So far we’ve read Paolo Bagicalupi’s The Water Knife (discussion) and Ernst Cline’s Ready Player One (discussion). Dozens of people have participated by reading, and also by commenting here and elsewhere. Thanks to commentators Ton Zijlstra, Mark Corbett Wilson, Vanessa Vaile, Paul, Joe Murphy, Chris Lott, Alan Levine, jason kielbasa, David Kernohan, Steven Kaye, Sandy Brown Jensen, Claudia C. Holland, Cassandra Gaul, Cygnus, Bret Boessen, Gerry Bayne, and David Allard.
So what’s our next reading?
After consulting our polls and discussion to date I have determined that our third book is…. is…. Malka Older‘s Infomocracy (2016) (publisher, Amazon). I haven’t read it yet (yay!), but it looks like it’s about the connection of digital technology with polling, from marketing to elections.
Here’s what the publisher’s site says:
It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.
With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?
Let’s use the rest of the week and the weekend to score copies of the book from your favorite library or bookseller. I’ll get cracking and prepare a kickoff post, oh, early next week. Then I’ll post updates as I read through the novel, each tagged Infomocracy.
Sound good? Let me know. I’m flexible, and very excited to plunge into this, our third novel.