Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America: A Novel of the Digital Revolution

Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America: A Novel of the Digital Revolution

by Damien Lincoln Ober

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Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America: A Novel of the Digital Revolution by Damien Lincoln Ober

Gore Vidal’s Burr meets Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash in this blazingly original alt- history that weaves twenty-first century technology into a saddle-punk retelling of the American Revolution.

It is 1777, in a colonial America where the internet, social media, and ubiquitous electronic communications are fully woven into the fabric of society. Hours after a top-secret Congressional sub-committee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a mysterious internet plague breaks loose in the cloud, killing any user who accesses a networked device. Seven in ten Americans are dead, the internet is abandoned. Seizing the moment, the British take control of New York and Philadelphia, scattering what little remains of the rebellion.

Just when all seems lost, George Washington reappears from off-the-grid to pin the British army at Yorktown. Independence is won, but with the countryside in ruins and internet commerce impossible, the former colonies teeter on the brink of collapse. Meeting in secret, a faction of the Founding Fathers code a new error-proof operating system designed to stabilize the cloud and ensure everlasting American prosperity.

Not everyone is happy with the new format. Believing the draconian regulations of the new OS a betrayal of the hard-fought revolution, Thomas Jefferson organizes a feisty, small-government opposition to fight the overreach of Washington's Federalist administration. Their most valuable weapon is Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America, a new open-source social networking portal which will revolutionize representative government, return power to the people, and make Congress and the Presidency irrelevant . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597809191
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,273,417
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Damien Lincoln Ober is a novelist and screenwriter. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, NOON, B O D Y Literature, The Baltimore City Paper, VLAK, and port.man.teau. He was a co-winner of the Sherwood Anderson Award, was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize and his screenplay Randle is Benign was selected for the 2013 Black List. Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is his debut novel.

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Damien Lincoln Ober is a novelist and screenwriter. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, NOON, B O D Y Literature, The Baltimore City Paper, VLAK, and port.man.teau. He was a co-winner of the Sherwood Anderson Award, was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize and his screenplay Randle is Benign was selected for the 2013 Black List. Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is his debut novel.

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