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The Night Sessions

av Ken MacLeod

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In a world where religion has been banned, inspector Adam Ferguson suspects the murder of a bishop and others like him is the result of their practicing religion illegally, until the perpetrator's target list expands to include atheists as well.
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Picture a world where Religion of all sorts has been sidelined, rejected, and the world is full of secular republics. A world where ex-military intelligent robots work side by side with the police. Where Palestine is a radioactive ruin after the battles of the Faith Wars between the Mulsim East and the Judeo/Christian West. Where there are two space elevators and vast soletas that stop the world from warming up under the greenhouse effect.

This is the world of The Night Sessions, where someone is killing priests and a fundamentalist Scottish Christian sect is plotting a terrorist atrocity on an unprecedented scale. Adam Ferguson is the cop tasked with investigating it all and unravelling the connections between that sect, a lay preacher in a creationist science park in New Zealand, and a rogue humanoid robot passing itself off as an injured war veteran.

MacLeod's neat near-future dystopian thriller is an arresting, thought provoking read. Whether the world would reject religion on such a scale is debatable but the story told here is rooted in a solid, well thought out scenario.

The novel is well paced, the characters well drawn and the reveal at the end is nicely handled. Great little book. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
I liked this a lot at the beginning, but by the end it faded a little. The near future Edinburgh settings were great, but for some reason I didn't find the robots too convincing ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
The Night Sessions, by Scottish author Ken Macleod, is a police procedural set in near-future Scotland and New Zealand after a series of catastrophic “Faith Wars” have resulted in most Western countries adopting a hardline approach to separation of church and state. The state has an official policy of “non-cognisance,” meaning people’s religious beliefs are kept entirely private and not recognised by the state; the actual situation appears to be more social than official, with religious belief having dwindled to a select few anyway. The novel begins with Edinburgh Detective Adam Ferguson responding to an explosion which turns out to be a letter-bomb mailed to a Catholic priest, leading on to the usual deep layers of conspiracy and epic plots foiled etc.

The Night Sessions begins on shaky ground, with a prologue in which a New Zealand priest flying to Scotland has a conversation with a fellow plane passenger about faith which is the very definition of hammy; later he meets some subculture youth at a nightclub who are also oddly happy to discuss the finer points of theology, spouting Sorkinesque zingers complete with ludicrously specific Bible passages. (Why would people keep that information tucked away in their head for debating purposes, in a world where you’d be highly unlikely to ever meet a believer?) Macleod is on firmer ground as The Night Sessions gets properly underway, couched in the familiar language of a crime novel: police lingo, helpful crime investigation exposition, and undersketched characters referred to by surname. But as this wears on it fits oddly with Macleod’s ostensibly grand preoccupation with questions of faith and artificial intelligence, and I felt the novel’s philosophical reach outstretched its grasp. The Night Sessions is readable enough, but never amounts to much. ( )
1 rösta edgeworth | Dec 16, 2014 |
Politics, Scotland, AI, religion, police, a space elevator - the raw ingredients of this novel are familiar to anyone who has read Macleod before but in this novel he makes something new of them. It's set primarily in Edinburgh, with a protagonist who is a seasoned policeman. He's lived through the periods of religious persecution that followed what many in the novel called The Faith Wars, which have left a functioning but decidedly post-apocalyptic world behind them. One of its characteristics is that the pursuit of religion of any sort is now a decidedly minority pursuit, tolerated but not officially recognised by the state. But there are pockets of fundamentalist Christianity in places in the world and they come to play a key role in what unfolds.

The novel opens with one of these fundamentalists - a Creationist - making a journey from his home in New Zealand to Scotland, specifically to Edinburgh. The focus rapidly shifts to our main protagonist, DI Adam Ferguson, an Edinburgh policeman assisted by an AI known as a Leki. A Catholic priest is dead - possibly in an accident, possibly not. As the investigation proceeds we see more of the varied cultures of this future Edinburgh, its hidden religious communities and processes of a high-tech police force that uses swarms of intelligent midges but still rides around on bicycles.

The setting is marvellous, the story-telling never lets up its pace, and Macleod has transferred his skill of portraying left-wing politics to religion effortlessly. A great read for anyone who likes his work, and a good start for those who have not encountered him before. ( )
  kevinashley | Jun 27, 2013 |
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