PLease report your bug here
In Please Report Your Bug Here, Ethan Block breaks his non-disclosure agreement with the Corporation to tell us about a software bug that opens up portals to other worlds—and why those other worlds have remained secret for so long.
One day, in 2010, Ethan Block traveled through a portal to another world. He was at his desk, in his startup’s windowless office in San Francisco, and then he wasn’t. A software bug in the company’s dating app caused the blip, Ethan is almost certain, but he can’t reproduce it, which means he can’t prove it. Along with Noma, a coworker at DateDate, Ethan investigates the bug through a series of mysterious photos that begins to appear on the app. The photos seem to depict the other worlds—and possibly the existence of someone else living there. When DateDate is acquired by the Corporation, Ethan learns that the mystery of the portals has a dark history, and that the Corporation will do whatever it takes to guarantee that history remains undisclosed.
Please Report Your Bug Here asks questions about technology, memory, work, friendship, and love, with a mystery at its heart. Told in the form of a disclosure, the novel explores the ways we see ourselves and the world, and what it means for human connection when public corporations own and control these ways of seeing.
books that have helped shape this novel
Open City by Teju Cole
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
Read my interview with Lawlor at The Rumpus.
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu