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Infomocracy: Book One of the Centenal Cycle (Hardcover)

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"Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, Charles Stross's Singularity Sky, and television's The West Wing collide in this debut novel by Malka Older. The world has been divided into micro-democracies with populations of 100,000 each and every 10 years these "franchises" vote on their leadership and the party that won the most "centenals" becomes the ruling party. What will people do to ensure that their party stays in power or that that their party comes into power? Malka Older delivers a novel that puts the "political" in "science fiction."

— Joe


Read Infomocracy, the first book in Campbell Award finalist Malka Older's groundbreaking cyberpunk political thriller series The Centenal Cycle and the novel NPR called "Kinetic and gripping."

- A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel
- The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history"
- One of Kirkus' "Best Fiction of 2016"
- One of The Washington Post's "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016"
- One of Book Riot's "Best Books of 2016 So Far"

It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

Infomocracy is Malka Older's debut novel.

Book 1: Infomocracy
Book 2: Null States
Book 3: State Tectonics


"A fast-paced, post-cyberpunk political thriller... If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book." --Max Gladstone, author of Last First Snow

"Smart, ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations, Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-techno-analytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything political thriller we've been waiting for." --Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

"In the mid-21st century, your biggest threat isn't Artificial Intelligence--it's other people. Yet the passionate, partisan, political and ultimately fallible men and women fighting for their beliefs are also Infomocracy's greatest hope. An inspiring book about what we frail humans could still achieve, if we learn to work together." --Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep and the Virga saga

About the Author

MALKA OLDER is a writer, humanitarian worker, and Ph.D. candidate at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali.Infomocracy is Malka Older's first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765385154
ISBN-10: 0765385155
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Centenal Cycle