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A Message of Unknown Purpose

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 June 2014

Radio 4's Dangerous Visions: the second of three specially commissioned stories that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Peter Marinker reads Tao Lin's curious tale about the discovery of a message from the future in which an elderly prisoner talks about the invention and misuse of a sleep machine. "In 2042, after major worldwide catastrophes in the second and third decades of the 21st century, the world is drastically different. It's much, much worse and maybe more exciting, depending on who you ask." A vision emerges of a society addicted to sleep.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins

In reviewing cult author and poet Tao Lin's novel, Taipei, the TLS writes, "a daring, urgent voice for a malfunctioning age".


Peter Marinker
Gemma Jenkins
Tao Lin


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