Miles Hudson is a Durham-based author of novels and textbooks. His new novel, 2089, is an action adventure, with socio-philosophical themes about surveillance in society, the over-reliance on technology, and how human communities should be structured, in order to make for a happy life.
The year is 2089, and technologists have developed a surveillance system so that everything people see and hear is detected and published publicly online; nothing can be secret. It is the ultimate surveillance society. Jack Smith becomes disillusioned with this and he blows up the old GCHQ building in Cheltenham. He goes on the run across a climate-changed, gently post-apocalyptic Gloucestershire, with old friend Vicky Truva. The two are chased by a ragtag posse, including Vicky’s brothers, intent on bringing the apparent revolutionaries to justice. However, the fugitives have the advantage that the information and surveillance network is down...
Miles will discuss 2089’s social, political and philosophical implications, along with his development of the story from a throwaway line by Edward Snowden, through global meltdown, to the book’s hero blowing up the old GCHQ building.
Caffe Nero, Silver Street, Durham
11th October 2018, 6.30pm, Free entry