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Author: Warren Ellis Narrator: John Hodgman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781427279835
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A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller audiobook straight out of the very near future--by an iconic visionary writer

Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.

There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.

For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the abyss gaze takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.

When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total.

As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis's Normal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future--and the past, and the now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Warren Ellis’ work shows a knack for mad hilarity, merciless action, dark cynicism, and incorruptible bravery.”

    Wired

  • “Unpredictable and daringly written, Warren Ellis’s compact novel Normal is a mind-blowing morsel of paranoia…or prescience…Will hit the sweet spot for fans of David Mitchell, Jeff VanderMeer, or anyone who fears that the future is already here.”

    Amazon.com

  • “Fantastic…A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Deliciously perverse.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Humorist and former Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman narrates the latest techno-dystopian thriller by Warren Ellis…Hodgman grabs listeners with the surreal opening line—“Hand over the entire Internet now and nobody gets hurt”—and infuses an appropriate blend of sarcasm and bemusement throughout. It’s not all played for laughs, though. Hodgman also captures the sinister atmosphere bubbling just below the surface.”

    AudioFile

  • A November 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for December 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2016

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as FellMinistry of SpacePlanetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of the novel Crooked Little Vein. His graphic novel RED was adapted into the #1 hit film of the same name starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He lives in southern England.

About the Narrator

John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor.. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books—The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That Is All. After an appearance to promote his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show’s “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire.” This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career before the camera. He has performed comedy for the president of the United States, at a TED conference, and in a crypt in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Finally, he is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast, in which he settles serious disputes between real people, such as “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” and “Should we tell our children the TRUTH about Santa Claus?” He also contributes a weekly column under the same name for the New York Times Magazine.