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Bash Bash Revolution

Bash Bash Revolution


Trade Paperback - $14.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597809160
Published: 03/27/2018

A Compelling Coming-of-Age Post-Singularity Novel from Philip K. Dick Award–Nominated Author Douglas Lain

Seventeen-year-old Matthew Munson’s a high school dropout, still living with his mom, doing little with his time but playing an outdated video game called Bash Bash Revolution and hanging around Dairy Queen with his girlfriend Sally. That is, until his dad turns up.

Jeffrey Munson is a computer geek who’d left home eight years earlier to work on a top-secret government AI project. As a father, Jeff’s been a sporadic presence in Matthew’s life. Now, much to his son’s displeasure, he’s back, and insists on bonding over video games. But Jeff shows surprising aptitude for Bash Bash Revolution, and even has Matthew enter him in a local tournament.

Then, as abruptly as he appeared, Jeff disappears again, just as Matthew was beginning to let him back into his life.

The betrayal is crushing, and Matthew decides to give chase, in the process discovering the true nature, and the shocking goal, of the artificial intelligence his father helped to create. Told as a series of social media posts, including some between Matthew and the mysterious AI itself, Bash Bash Revolution is a wildly original novel of apocalypse and revolution, as well as a poignant story of broken family.

Praise for Bash Bash Revolution

“A new gaming novel Bash Bash Revolution, is in some ways the antithesis to Ready Player One, even imagining how artificial intelligence could work against capitalist production.” —The Guardian

“A fun read; that is, until you close the book and start thinking about its implications. This is not a cartoonish sketch: it is a realistic and bleak look at the post-singularity world. An easy suggestion for fans of current, accessible science fiction that thoughtfully contemplates AI such as Cline's Ready Player One or Cargill's Sea of Rust, but it is also a great choice for those who enjoy John Scalzi’s narrative style.” —Booklist, starred review

"Though it tangles with thorny and extremely current issues, both technological and philosophical, Bash Bash Revolution is, ultimately, about human beings. It’s unsettling and thought-provoking, a fast-paced coming-of-age story for a digital era in which we’re no longer sure what growing up means.”—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Bearing similarities to M.T. Anderson’s Feed, this timely novel explores the affordances and pitfalls of connecting and changing the world with technology.”—School Library Journal

“A fascinating mash-up of philosophy and video game culture. The kind of book that will stick with you long after you put it down.” —A.C. Wise, author of The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories

“Hip, intelligent and utterly addictive. Strap in for a wild ride.”—Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque and Embers of War

"Lain's writing is unsettling, ferociously smart, and extremely addictive."—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

"A sharp shell of inventive geeky goodness around a devastatingly human core."—Suzanne Palmer

“A page-turner with a strong philosophical bent, Bash Bash Revolution is up there with some of the best VR-influenced sci-fi of the past thirty years and will sit comfortably with works like Snow Crash and Ready Player One on any reader’s bookshelf, virtual or otherwise, for years to come.”—Small Press Reviews

“A very enjoyable, thought provoking, and page turning read . . . Fans of unique Artificial Intelligences and the singularity will find this one a must read, as well as science fiction readers who want some current social commentary.” —Signal Horizon

Praise for Douglas Lain

“Douglas Lain has a great brain. I am hugely impressed with his prospects...”
—Jonathan Lethem, New York Times bestselling author

“Lain’s writing is unsettling, ferociously smart, and extremely addictive.”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

“I don't know anyone else doing quite what Lain is doing; fascinating work, moving, strikingly honest, powerful.”