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02 October 2016

Sci-Fi Sunday: Malka Older’s Infomocracy

Marketing and design assistant Abby on Malka Older’s Infomocracy. Infomocracy is available as a digital download and unabridged CD: Audiobooks.com, Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, NOOK, IndieBound, iTunes, Libro.fm

Malka Older studies and has worked in disaster response all across the globe. Infomocracy, her debut novel, isn’t precisely about this experience, and yet that’s exactly what it’s about. The scope of the story is just as global and compelling as her career and the political ideas are creative and reflect the lessons she’s learned through her coordination with such a variety of governments. Older’s unique expertise also helps make the unusually skilled characters credible—in particular Mishima, who has the feeling of a badass Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with an isolating obsession with data.

Christine Marshall, a narrator in the unusual position of continuing a family tradition (her mother also read audiobooks), delivers the story with her impressive skill. Marshall rapidly draws the listener into Older’s vividly imagined future, adding texture and suspense with her voices and pacing. Her clearly distinguished cast of characters makes the large amount of dialogue in this novel much easier to differentiate.

This is an audiobook that will appeal not only to sci-fi and speculative fiction fans, but also to political junkies and theorists. This is a book about big political ideas—the suspenseful plot is the icing on the cake. Listening to Infomocracy is an opportunity to seriously consider how the world works and why it works the way it does.

Listen to an excerpt of Malka Older’s Infomocracy, read by Christine Marshall:

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