This book is not part of a series, and it reads quickly. So, great for a weekend or two away.Basically, this book explores a rather interesting take on war versus pacifism. It is set on a very distant future Earth on which humans have evolved intoThis book is not part of a series, and it reads quickly. So, great for a weekend or two away.
Basically, this book explores a rather interesting take on war versus pacifism. It is set on a very distant future Earth on which humans have evolved into two distinct castes, the draffs who do not have extended consiousness, and the demis who do. The demis have modified genetics which allow them to connect to each other via a series of external wireless networks directly via a brain-interface. The demis are generally in charge of things, and act as benevolent rulers. To ensure certain minimum standards of civilization, they have certain moral codes encoded in their genes, which they cannot bypass.
The society posited is a very interesting one, and the situation described is a conflict, political, psychological, and physical between Earth and the Cybs, an offshoot of early human society that has co-evolved with technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to the point that it is difficult to say where the human in a Cyb ends and the AI begins. The Cybs have returned from the outer galactic colonies to Earth in order to plunder the wealth and the Old Earth technology over which the demis act as guardians or custodians. There are rumours that Earth is a Death Planet, that the demis have weapons with power beyond imagining, but the Cybs believe the technology has fallen into disuse over the last few thousand years, and so are making a play for plundering the planet, and exacting revenge on the demis, who were responsible for exiling the early proto-Cybs from Earth during a very violent global war between the two factions. The demis are also rumoured to have special personal powers, and again the Cybs believe the stories are exaggerated, an elaborate ruse cooked up by the demis in order to keep their enemies at bay and to dissuade any from even trying to challenge them militarily.
What unfolds is a gradual revealing of the true nature of the demis, and of the new relationship humans and the ecology of the planet Earth have developed in order to co-exist in sustainable harmony. The story is replete with fascinating technology, and the ever unraveling mystery of the true power of the demis is very gripping. Seen from the perspective of the militaristic and over-confident Cybs, the demis seem like sitting ducks. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The story is exciting and very relevant to today's environmental issues. The politics and the diplomatic techniques employed by the demis to keep the Cybs from committing a genocide are truly innovative. I can highly recommend this as a interesting and exciting read. The writing is competent but expect no literary flair here: the star of the show is the technology and the powers of the demis. A gripping tale....Continua Nascondi