A picture is worth one-hundred-million minds.
The English Democratic Socialist regime has in its possession a weaponized meme called “The Family”, though is unaware of its power and significance. Layered with machine-readable code, The Family is a mysterious and ancient image that was successfully used as a cyber weapon during the Sino-American War. It is said to be capable of severing the connection between military implants and central control.
Aware that London is on the verge of eliminating all remaining dissent on the island by fully digitizing and forever policing its citizens’ minds, the beleaguered Resistance is dead set on acquiring The Family. With this encoded image, the Resistance hopes to liberate any English brain that has been invaded by authoritarian tech.
To acquire this world-changing meme and to use it effectively, the Resistance must cash in all of its favors, forge unlikely alliances in Lancashire’s dark underworld, appeal for the help from old friends across the Atlantic, and mount one final stand. If any are to survive the regime’s mental collectivization, England will need a miracle and plenty of gunpowder.
About the author
Joseph MacKinnon is the Canadian author of Faultline 49 (2012), Cypulchre (2014), The Savage Kingdom (2014), Archetypal (2017), Newsreal (2018), and The Gunpowder Coast (2019).