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How can technology assist consciousness? That could be thought of as the central question in Maximum Emptiness. How can we reach a place of peacefulness, of emptiness of mind, using technology, and what conflict might this generate?

Meditation Interrupted

Love, loss, technology and consciousness – should they mix?

SYNOPSIS: Nicola’s mind is a mess. Full of anxieties and random thoughts, her ability to focus is dangerously adrift. She needs clarity if she is to find Alex, her boyfriend who went missing nine months ago. But how can a mind full of disorder and chaos be replaced with one of harmony, of knowing?

As Nicola’s search for Alex takes her from London to the beaches of Thailand and then on to Japan, she discovers the answer, an unusual technology. It is a technology Alex has been using, one which brings people closer to themselves rather than one another, and one which offers transcendence and liberation to anyone who uses it. To find Alex, Nicola therefore faces a choice: use the very technology which caused his disappearance to find him (and discover the real reason he disappeared), or let go and face a future without him. However, a device which is such a powerful catalyst for change is bound to have side effects, begging the question: Can Nicola handle the parts of herself this extraordinary technology uncovers?

Part mindfulness mystery, part neuroscience thriller, Maximum Emptiness is a modern and thought provoking novel which explores the relationship between mind, heart and technology and what happens when we are forced to let go of things we know we can never let go of.