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The Nation is Dead — Check Out the Cover for Infomocracy by Malka Older

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for Infomocracy by Malka Older, Tor.com’s first novel. Malka Older’s debut novel is a tense, fun, fast-paced story of electioneering, disaster response, and global sabotage, drawn from the author’s extensive experience in humanitarian aid and crisis relief. The cover had to express the mix of urgency and playfulness suffusing this post-cyberpunk adventure, and designer Will Staehle knocked it out of the park.

Here’s the synopsis:

It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

All three begin to realize that not everyone plans to play fair at the next election. The Liberty party is ascending on the back of subtle promises of warfare, and Heritage will do anything to keep itself in power. A perfect storm is brewing, one that might bring the new world order to its knees.

Infomocracy will be available worldwide in hardcover, ebook, and audio June 2016.

Carl Engle-Laird is an editorial assistant at Tor.com, where he acquires and edits original fiction. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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