The Execution Channel

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Macmillan, Jun 12, 2007 - Fiction - 285 pages
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It's after 9/11. After the bombing. After the Iraq war. After 7/7. After the Iran war. After the nukes. After the flu. After the Straits. After Rosyth. In a world just down the road from our own, on-line bloggers vie with old-line political operatives and new-style police to determine just where reality lies.
 
James Travis is a British patriot and a French spy. On the day the Big One hits, Travis and his daughter must strive to make sense of the nuclear bombing of Scotland and the political repercussions of a series of terrorist attacks. With the information war in full swing, the only truth they have is what they're able to see with their own eyes. They know that everything else is--or may be--a lie.

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We read sf for the provocative ideas it often presents. MacLeod, whose earlier work twice received the Libertarian Futurist Society's Prometheus Award for best libertarian fiction (The Star Faction ... Read full review

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Ken Macleod's The Execution Channel very quickly made my favorite books list. Disinfo, blogging, spies, thermonuclear warfare (especially fear of), pandemics, dystopia, torture, execution pornography, hacking, fear, terrorism... all themes of today's world brought about in an engaging, well-written, thrilling novel.
it's alternahistory and future speculative. al gore wins 2000. 9/11 occurred not in NYC but in Boston and Philadelphia. Global warming has quickly wreaked havoc, causing innumerable displacement of people. Pandemics have ravaged the globe. And some huge explosion on the scale of a nuclear bomb has exploded in Scotland, and inspired, terrorists blow up highways and crash planes into airports while skins and average joes attack "Mozzies" (muslims) indiscriminately. Around this is weaved the story of one family headed by a failed scientist cum IT hacker who turns to secretly spying for France while his daughter, an anti-war protester, is caught up in a Web surrounding the Leuchars explosion, having been previously warned by her brother, who is in the British military, that she should flee the area.
This little book has a lot going for it, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the above dystopic themes.
 

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About the author (2007)

Ken MacLeod is the author of many acclaimed SF novels, including The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division, and Newton's Wake. His latest novel, Learning the World, won the Prometheus Award (his third) and was a finalist for the Hugo Award. He lives with his family near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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