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The Execution Channel
Ken MacLeod
Adult Fiction MACLEOD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

With an adroit combination of paranoid spy thriller tricks and SF gadgetry, MacLeod (Learning the World) depicts a near future that may or may not be our own, when 9/11 and the Iraq war were followed by war with Iran, a flu pandemic and terrorist attacks, and the West teeters on the brink of an all-out nuclear exchange. James Travis, a Scottish software engineer whose hatred for the U.S. has driven him to spy for France, and his daughter, Roisin, a young peace activist, have both witnessed horrendous acts of terrorism, most recently the apparent nuclear bombing of an airbase in Scotland. Nothing is what it seems, however. Government agents use the Internet to spread sophisticated disinformation, but are still perfectly willing to fall back on torture when necessary. Meanwhile, the Execution Channel, a rogue media outlet, broadcasts actual footage of various murders and executions 24-7. Dizzying plot twists and a variety of fascinating, believable technological breakthroughs make this perhaps MacLeod's most compulsively readable novel to date. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

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; Learning the World), takes us to a near future that is post-9/11, post-Iraq war, and post-several other catastrophic events of a fictional future (e.g., the nuclear bombing of Scotland). In this world with a slightly altered past (Gore beats Bush in 2000), the web disseminates information, or rather disinformation, manipulated by government intelligence civil servants and bloggers in a global struggle of destabilized governments. Bombs, executions presented as reality television, and spies are the manifestations of a near apocalyptic world. With references to the Heim theory, MacLeod's narrative culminates in a vision of a quantum leap of human society moving off Earth to other star systems. An intriguing theme is how information is synthesized to create knowledge and how that knowledge changes as it is compromised with incorrect data, enlarged with new truths, or rendered incomprehensible because of the limitations of understanding. Recommended for large public libraries and specialized sf collections.-Sara Rutter, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa Lib., Honolulu (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters James Travis
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Father
Hates the U.S.; British patriot; French spy; witnessed the bombing of an air base in Scotland.
Software engineer

Roisin Travis
Female
Scottish
James's daughter; peace activist.
Activist



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