I’m looking for what I think is a reasonably modern science-fiction story that seems to be centred on a network of computers that always lies or gives a wrong answer.
I only read the first chapter, which was about an accidental broadcast that results in a man having a dream where he is a rat. He seems to figure out though that actually this rat exists somewhere and it isn’t a dream. Somehow his mind is being transferred into that of a rat which is collecting supplies.
I initially thought it was a William Gibson book, but after checking all of the summaries I can find online they don’t match up. Seemed to be that sort of science-fiction though.
It appeared to have been published quite recently (last 5 years) but that may have been a rebinding/rerelease so I can’t confirm that.
Additional details: Like I said, unfortunately I only read the first chapter, but within that there is: - A network or machine that for some reason can only tell lies or give wrong information. - A broadcast goes wrong, the network looks to see what it was but it doesn’t seem important so it ignores it. - The guy who has dreams he’s a rat thinks about them while shaving in the morning.
I picked it up to flick through in a UK bookshop (WHSmith), so may well be British Sci-Fi.