J. O. Morgan

  • Appliance

  • 'Are they paying you extra for this? You'd better be getting something. We'd better be getting something. For the inconvenience I mean. The machine's here for the whole weekend is what they said. What if we had guests? They never asked. And in any case what are the dangers? Being tested like lab-rats we are. Did they even try to provide any assurance it was all perfectly-'

    This is the prototype. The first step to a new future.

    A future that will be easy and abundant. A future in which distance is no longer a barrier to human contact. And all it takes is a simple transport unit, in every home, every street, every town. Quick. Clean. Easy. A future driven by data, not emotion.

    And so begins the journey of a new technology that will soon change the world and everyone in it - the sceptics and the converts, the innocents and the evangelists. A scientific wonder that quickly becomes an everyday aspect of life.

    But what of our inherent messiness? In a world preoccupied with progress, what will happen to the things that make us human - the memories, the fears, the loves, the contradictions, the mortality? As we push for a sense of perfection, what do we stand to lose?

    Questioning, innovative and shot through with a rich humanity, Appliance is much more than a novel. It examines our faith in technology, our constant hunger for new things and the rapid changes affecting all our lives. It challenges us to stop and reflect on the future we want, the systems we trust... and what really matters to us.

J. O. Morgan lives in Scotland. He is the author of six previous books, each a single, book-length poem. His last work, Assurances (2018), won the Costa Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Natural Mechanical (2009) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His 2016 work, Interference Pattern, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

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