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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
Forthcoming: 03/06/2018

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Matthew Munson’s a high school dropout, still living at home with his mom, doing little with his time but playing an outdated video game called Bash Bash Revolution and hanging around the local Dairy Queen. 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 military 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. The two begin entering local tournaments together, where Jeff quickly shows surprising aptitude for Bash Bash Revolution in particular.

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 of the government-sponsored artificial intelligence program his father has been involved in. Told as a series of social media posts, including some between Matthew and the AI his dad helped create, 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 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

“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

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.”