The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

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Read The Infinite Future Online Free - An exhilarating, original novel, set in Brazil, Idaho, and outer space, about an obsessive librarian, a down-at-heel author, and a disgraced historian who go on the hunt for a mystical, life-changing book--and find it.

The Infinite Future is a mindbending novel that melds two page-turning tales in one. In the first, we meet three broken people, joined by an obsession with a forgotten Brazilian science-fiction author named Salgado-MacKenzie. There's Danny, a writer who's been scammed by a shady literary award committee; Sergio, journalist turned sub-librarian in São Paulo; and Harriet, an excommunicated Mormon historian in Salt Lake City, who years ago corresponded with the reclusive Brazilian writer. The motley trio sets off to discover his identity, and whether his fabled masterpiece--never published--actually exists. Did his inquiries into the true nature of the universe yield something so enormous that his mind was blown for good?

In the second half, Wirkus gives us the lost masterpiece itself--the actual text of The Infinite Future, Salgado-MacKenzie's wonderfully weird magnum opus. The two stories merge in surprising and profound ways. Part science-fiction, part academic satire, and part book-lover's quest, this wholly original novel captures the heady way that stories inform and mirror our lives.

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ISBN : 0735224323
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 390 pages


paulie rated it ★★★☆☆

January 09, 2018

3.208 stars - to be released 01/16/18 i wouldn't say i was especially engaged, but i also couldn't stop turning the pages. this is how danny laszlo described his experience after reading the extremely elusive, finally found the infinite future (the fictitious science fiction novel for which thi...

Loring rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2017

When a semiotic meta-novel-within-novel begins with two Mormons on mission in Brazil, you know a unique reading experience is all but guaranteed. But when the telling of the tale brings to mind Paul LaFarge's The Night Ocean or The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, well, the fun just got multiplied. Wi...

TJ rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 03, 2017

I breezed through the first half of the novel, but completely lost traction when I started reading the meta-novel. Really invested in the mystery of the missing author and novel, but when it came to reading the ‘novel’, I found it incredibly boring. The shifting perspectives and historical conten...

Elise rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

The book was complicated, thoughtful, and engaging—and utterly unexpected. It has been quite some time since I read something that had twists and turns I couldn’t have imagined. The characters were compelling as were some of the deeper puzzles the interwoven tales unravel.

Kim rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

Wow. I absolutely loved this and found myself unable to put it down. From the other reviews it's obvious this may not be everyone's cup of tea but I think those that connect with the style and story are plunged into this tale. Really wish there were more Sertôrian stories to read.

Anthony rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

Stories within stories within stories. Wirkus is able to make a narrative about archival research be as engaging as the best science fiction plots and he makes science fiction that asks big questions, particularly about the role narrative plays in our lives. The thing that impressed me most about...

Rick rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2018

I loved this book so hard. I can't wait to write about it, so stay tuned.

L.A. rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2018

Click here to read my review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Myles rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2018

The Infinite Future involves nesting stories: There is a fictional 'Tim Wirkus' who receives this manuscript out of the blue from a distant acquaintance. The manuscript is the story of how the acquaintance, Danny, uncovers a literary mystery with two other people that leads them on a altogether d...

Virginia rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2017

This book was not what I expected and I say that in the best way possible. The story follows a few people who are affected by the writings of an enigmatic science fiction short story writer. They hear about a novel that the writer completed, but never published, and set off on a journey to track...

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