A sparky, image-rich novella that reboots familiar genre themes.
A compelling adventure in cyberindustrial espionage.
Wonderful reading, imaginatively fresh, technically surprising [...] It deserves to sell millions. I haven't read so much joy since Heartsnatcher
Gists & Piths
Holophin needs a couple of hours of your time and is going to do something to your head.
Like David Mitchell, [Kennard] seems to have assimilated a wide range of influences in such a way that whatever he lays out, he has considered all the angles. In this case, what starts as a tight, imaginative flight of fancy, soon collapses in on itself.
If the creeping dominance of smartphones worries you, the Holophin is your worst nightmare.
It's a small but terrifying satire, an ingenious idea, with all kinds of philosophical consequence, and it rips along joyfully and oddly, with some brilliant handbrake turns (the Proppian folktale for god's sake). It's just ingenious, cleverly playful and masterfully unsung about itself.
Kennard uses surrealism in a controlled, formal kind of way which no-one has else has thought to do since 1936.
Holographic Dolphin! Also, that chapter made of just symbols and the bit where the dolphin tells stories.
Futuristic security nightmares make me a happy robot.
A chillingly original concept, realised with superb skill and mastery of craft. A Black Mirror of the page.
A quirky, genre-busting novella, complete with a dolphin sticker!
Strange, beautiful SciFi that tips its hat to the mighty Douglas Adams