God Future, by David Quiles Guilló, is described on the publisher’s website not as a story but as a premonitory vision. It is an example of abstract literature which I would recognise as experimental prose. The book has no page numbers, chapters or headings. There are no capital letters and no punctuation. The stream of words can at times appear incoherent, yet by persevering there is meaning to be gleaned.
Its title page describes it as “a very strange book” and it is dedicated “to everyone who will never attempt to read it”. I did. As an ordinary if voracious and somewhat eclectic reader, these are my thoughts.
There are three entities interfacing, named as one, two and three. Whatever conciousness they have is related as system process. Thoughts are streamed as they reshape concepts to search out meaning. It reads as a mixtape of mind riddles, an attempt to make sense of human living.
To go outside is to downgrade a firewall. Misunderstandings are unsolved equations. Death is a device lost. Interactions require synchronicity and compatibility. Secure connections are advised. Hackers abound. There is a warning to “be very careful when downloading feelings”. There is much superfluous code.
Upsets in relationships require reboots but without reconfiguration data traffic may cause further system crashes. There can be “strong emotional reactions as updates occur”. Single player mode is possible but rare in the longterm. Sound is everywhere, silence loud. The presentation of a device can be altered but matters less than software.
This is the “doomed human condition” described in technology speak. There is depth to the ideas presented if one can extract them from the conceptual narration. In this I would say I was partially successful.
In many ways I approached this book as I would poetry – trying to work out what is going on, what is clever and what hopelessly opaque to someone with my abilities. When I had finished I checked to see how it is described elsewhere. The author writes that his book is:
“The apocalyptic view that the only three living entities are the ones that survived inside the autonomous internet of things, and where fate of consciousness relies on them to communicate, and communication depends in figuring out how to use all the data that humans left behind many centuries ago.”
I had understood some of this, although figuring out how to make sense of many of the convoluted strings of words was at times a challenge. It is an interesting idea and a strangely satisfying puzzle to attempt to solve. It is not by any stretch an easy read.
My copy of this book was provided gratis by the author.