TYPE I by Max Parnell
154 x 228mm, 318 pages, Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2021
"Type I enacts a hyperreality, in which the effects of climate change are damaging our world, and technological advances are held up as the key innovative tools for alleviating ecological collapse. Merging poetics, visuals, fiction and essaying to create a vivid, multi-layered novel, Max Parnell's debut offers up not only an immersive portrayal of two anthropologists taking part in a VR experiment, but also an in-depth commentary on the complexity of tech-human relations, and the dangers of optimisation. This novel allowed me to explore virtual realities whilst engaging with questions of vital importance in our contemporary moment. Its beautiful language and subtle unravelling of the narrative generate an eerily futuristic atmosphere, and a creeping sensation of apophenia."