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14 January 2020
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Science fiction; Artificial Intelligence; Robots; Future Society; Society
Everything in QualityLand is geared towards optimizing your life. QualityPartner identifies your ideal mate, earworm personal assistants get you where you need to go and android drones know you need a six pack of beer at the end of a long day even before you crave one. Humans, robots and algorithms co-exist, everything is seamlessly corporatised, stratified and monetized. Your very name reveals much of what we need to know about you and your profile discloses the rest. Peter Jobless is a down and out metal press operator, dumped by his long term girlfriend when she is alerted to a better option on her QualityPad. But Peter has another problem - he seems to be the only one noticing that his fellow Qualityland robot citizens are experiencing an existential crisis. There is a drone who's afraid to fly. A sex droid with erectile dysfunction. A combat robot with PTSD. Instructed to destroy these malfunctioning A.I., Peter starts to suspect the technology that rules us all has a flaw, perhaps a fatal one. Not only that, these robots might be his only friends...
By:   Marc-Uwe Kling
Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781409191148
ISBN 10:   1409191141
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marc-Uwe Kling is a German author, songwriter, and stand-up comedian. Qualityland spent months on the German bestseller lists, has sold more than half a million copies to date internationally, and is currently in production as an HBO series. Kling lives in Berlin.

Reviews for Qualityland

How much you enjoy this is in direct proportion to how much trouble you think we're in. Sleep tight. * KIRKUS REVIEWS * This is spot-on satire. * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * Satire reminiscent of Douglas Adams or Rob Grant * STARBURST * The best kind of satire, offering up a funhouse mirror version of our world that is so smart and so cutting, you have to laugh to keep from crying. * Rob Hart, author of THE WAREHOUSE * An amusing skewering of the logical consequences of the world's increasing efficiency and optimisation. * NEW SCIENTIST * QUALITYLAND is very funny and very scary - my kind of book. * Mike Judge, creator of Silicon Valley and King of the Hill *

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