Border Fantasy, A [Dangerous Visions]

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2019012820160731 (R4)

Radio 4 drama

Dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

An imagined, irreverent look at one potential Brexit outcome in Ireland. When Tania, business guru and charismatic boss of global tech giant NaNo, flies in to the company’s Dublin HQ on the eve on Theresa May’s crucial vote on Brexit, the under-achieving Fintan Cooke is delegated to show her the invisible border at the heart of the controversial Backstop issue.

Tania’s presence immediately sparks excited speculation that, in the event of a defeat for the PM, NaNo will to provide the much heralded futuristic surveillance technology to ensure a soft border remains on the island of Ireland.

But as always with Tania, the business objective is much grander than a solution to the Irish border problem. All she’s got to do is convince Fintan to forget local politics and get ready for the company to make a killing.

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Dangerous Visions

A Message Of Unknown Purpose

20140622

"Tao Lin's curious tale about a prisoner in 2042 who depicts a society addicted to sleep.

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"".