NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL BY VYVYAN EVANS
the Babel Apocalypse
SONGS OF THE SAGE, BOOK 1
A dystopian, cyberpunk, sci-fi odyssey that will make you think about language in a whole new way.
Author signed edition available exclusively from The Broken Book Binding
They who control language control everything.
Publication/on sale date: 2nd May 2023
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7399962-2-2
eBook (ePub) ISBN: 978-1-7399962-3-9
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Language is no longer learned, but streamed to neural implants regulated by lang-laws. Those who can't afford language streaming services are feral, living on the fringes of society. Big tech corporations control language, the world’s most valuable commodity.
But when a massive cyberattack causes a global language outage, catastrophe looms.
Europol detective Emyr Morgan is assigned to the case. His prime suspect is Professor Ebba Black, the last native speaker of language in the automated world, and leader of the Babel cyberterrorist organization. But Emyr soon learns that in a world of corporate power, where those who control language control everything, all is not as it seems.
As he and Ebba collide, Emyr faces an existential dilemma between loyalty and betrayal, when everything he once believed in is called into question. To prevent the imminent collapse of civilization and a global war between the great federations, he must figure out friend from foe—his life depends on it. And with the odds stacked against him, he must find a way to stop the Babel Apocalypse.
reviews and press coverage
Are Artificially-Enhanced Minds the Future of Communication? Psychology Today, February 20, 2023
The Science behind The Babel Apocalypse, Language Creates, March 14, 2023
Will Brain-Computer Interfaces make knowledge streamable? Coverage of the ethical implcations of language streaming based on The Babel Apocalypse, in HowStuffWorks. 14 March 2023 [PDF version]
"Evans depicts a future in which most people no longer learn language, but instead use neural implants to stream their vocabulary and grammar from the cloud — that is, until a massive cyberattack causes a catastrophic global language outage."
An interview with Vyvyan Evans, author of The Babel Apocalypse, Literary Ashland, 30 March 2023 [PDF version]
"VE: I very much hope that The Babel Apocalypse is received as a warning, rather than as a roadmap. When we lose language, we all lose."
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