Publisher: Tor Books


Language: English | Number of Pages: 320 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0765317419 | Isbn-13: 9780765317414 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Others , Paperback

Category: Fiction & Literature , Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Book Description
It all begins next year in California. A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy US President initiate a radical transformation of the world through sentient nanotechnology; sort of the equivalent of biological artificial intelligence. At first they succeed, but their plans are reversed by Chu, an autistic boy. The next time it isn't so easy to stop them.
Most of the story takes place in a world after a heretofore unimaginable transformation, where all the things look the same but all the people are different (they're able to read each others' minds, for starters). Travel to and from other nearby worlds in the quantum universe is possible, so now our world is visited by giant humanoids from another quantum universe, and some of them mean to tidy up the mess we've made. Or maybe just run things.
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    In italiano:

    I must confess it: in front of cyberpunk literature I'm virtually helpless. At every nanotech trick, singularity episode and ari ...continue

    In italiano:

    I must confess it: in front of cyberpunk literature I'm virtually helpless. At every nanotech trick, singularity episode and arising metaverse I rejoice as though this were the first SF book I've ever read, or better, as if I wasn't reading at all in the first place. I get deep inside the novel, I let it carry me away, I lose track of time and space.

    So when I found out that Rudy Rucker's latest novel was free to download (, I didn't think twice: I downloaded, printed it and spent the last few days following the events of an earth permeated with nanotech, threatened of being swallowed up by nants, uncontrollable, self-reproducing nanomachines capable of munching through a planet in a matter of days and of transferring human life to a perfect virtual world, so perfect that non-compliant people and political views are banished, or better vanished.

    The idea of orphidnet, a postsingular hyperconnected world is not new to cyberpunk, but as the reader participates in the emergence of a metaverse made up of nanomachines colonizing and networking every object in the planet, making any hardware useless and any being visible, she becomes more and more uncomfortable before a concrete world where the notion of individuality blurs, everybody takes part in a total reality show and every thought, every experience, can be recorded and enclosed in a metanovel or stored by anyone else.

    The fantasy drift of the parallel world -- the world of angels or elves, in fact a parallel reality with telepathic communication and without any need for machines -- is a bit on the hippy side, but it is well constructed and absolutely justified in the _science_ fiction framework of this novel. As with many other books, one should skip the last few pages, with a trite love-overcomes-everything ending: otherwise I'd still be clapping at this dystopic vision of totalizing nanotechnology that has held my breath until the last page but one.

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