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Under the Microscope

James McCreet looks at the beginning of a novel about the relationship between technology and communication

Improvised Explosive Device.1 Triggered remotely by a mobile phone, shattering lives, irreversibly changing the course of our future.2

Beep beep.3

“Who’s texting you at this time of night?”4 No attempt was made to conceal the accusatory tone.5 It really could have been work, but I knew it wasn’t.6

“How would I know? I haven’t looked at it!7 It’s too late to matter now, whatever it is.8 I’ll deal with it in the morning.” My attempts at dismissing the text were unlikely to be successful, but I had nowhere to go.9

“Show me!”10

“Just leave it – it’ll be work and I don’t want to deal with it tonight.11 They get enough of my time without pestering me at midnight.”12

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