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A stunning collection from Douglas Coupland that explores the different ways 20th-century notions of the future are being shredded.

In Bit Rot, Douglas Coupland explores the different ways in which twentieth-century notions of the future are being shredded, and creates a gem of the digital age. Reading the stories and essays in Bit Rot is like bingeing on Netflix . . . you can't stop with just one.

‘Bit rot’ is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, ‘bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000, as I shed older and weaker neurons and connections and enhance new and unexpected ones’.

Bit Rot the book explores the ways humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. The result is addictively satisfying for Coupland’s legion of fans hungry for his observations about our world. For almost three decades, his unique pattern recognition has powered his fiction, and his phrase-making. Every page of Bit Rot is full of wit, surprise and delight.

Reviews

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

Coupland adopts…an Andy Warholish mode, somewhere between mocking, lamenting, celebrating even the most troubling aspects of postmodernity.

Times Literary Supplement

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[Coupland’s] new collection has its basis in that rarefied literary form, the art catalogue … [he] is at his best when he muses on new opportunities and challenges presented by technology.

The National

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

[T]he Vancouver-based tech-seer, critic, author and artist again proves himself to be one of the most entertaining and thoughtful futurologists on the planet.

The Herald

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Bit Rot is wry and wise, terrifying and hilarious, and it makes us LOL while still using “LOL” correctly.

i Paper

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

Every page is full of wit, surprise and delight

Dluxe Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099510895

    October 16, 2017

    Windmill Books

    416 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Hardback

    9781785151026

    October 15, 2016

    William Heinemann

    432 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781785151033

    October 3, 2016

    William Heinemann

    432 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781473537941

    October 13, 2016

    Cornerstone Digital

    432 pages

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