Bandwidth An analog novel

Eliot Peper

Book - 2018

A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world's most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect, richly appointed life. Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything--a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces ...closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments. Going public would destroy everything he's worked so hard to build, but it's not just Dag's life on the line--a shadow war is coming, one that will secure humanity's future or doom the planet to climate catastrophe. Ultimately, Dag must decide the price he's willing to pay to change the world.

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Genres
Science fiction
Published
Seattle : 47North [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
252 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781503954427
1503954420
Main Author
Eliot Peper (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Peper's very credibly rendered near future, Dag Calhoun works for Apex, a lobbying firm whose clients include the Commonwealth, the world's biggest communication infrastructure provider. The Commonwealth's feeds, personally tailored to each individual, are described as "the permeable membrane through which you experienced and participated in culture, the arbiter of what you found when you searched and what you discovered when you dipped into the roiling, throbbing cosmos of global conversation." When Dag crosses paths with the enigmatic Emily Kim, he is shocked to learn that a group of "castaways" living with her off the grid on the San Juan Islands are manipulating the feed to shape global socioeconomic policy. Matters come to a head when Dag, who realizes that he himself has been manipulated for years by the castaways, discovers that his efforts to serve as their advocate to sway industrialists on international climate change initiatives is in direct conflict with one of Apex's most lucrative—and dangerous—clients. Peper guides his story with a sure hand, lacing its narrative with issues and references that resonate powerfully in the age of net neutrality, algorithms, and social media hacks. Agent: DongWon Song, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (May) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world's most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect, richly appointed life.Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything'a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments. Going public would destroy everything he's worked so hard to build, but it's not just Dag's life on the line'a shadow war is coming, one that will secure humanity's future or doom the planet to climate catastrophe. Ultimately, Dag must decide the price he's willing to pay to change the world.