Transcendence

Transcendence

by Christopher Mckitterick
     
 

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"Riveting." --Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award winning author of ECHO. Summary: Humankind rushes toward self-destruction and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto ruler of half the solar system, a soldier

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"Riveting." --Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award winning author of ECHO. Summary: Humankind rushes toward self-destruction and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto ruler of half the solar system, a soldier fighting in Africa to entertain his audience, an artificial intelligence facing personal crisis, and a cast of billions.

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Publishers Weekly
McKitterick's first full-length novel is set in a dark, dismal populated galaxy where everyone is wifi-ed to computers and physical bodies are mere "meat," where reality is rewritten by participants to fit their self-images, and being "intheflesh" is retro and frowned upon-yet "feedrapture-addiction" is the price one pays for becoming too computer involved. Two nearly simultaneous events have the power to upend all the accepted realities of this computer-driven galaxy--alien technology has been found on Neptune's moon Triton; and the Brain, which controls all computer interaction to EarthCo citizens, has become fully sentient. Amid the chaos, three men living on different planets, who at first glance have no connection, will cross paths during the next seventy-two hours as Earth and Neptune face off in a war that could mean the end of the entire solar system. Although McKitterick's characters are often wooden and their dialogue a bit forced, his narrative and its intricate setting creates offers a stark, thoughtful, and engrossing look at human society and its interactions with animate and inanimate objects.
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Library Journal
In the near future, technology pushes the world toward self-destruction. As a teenage hacker attempts to use his skills to find a girl he once loved and unwittingly betrayed, a supertycoon uses his artificial constructs to increase his control over the world. Actors in a virtual reality drama start a real-time war in space, while an artificial intelligence decides to try on a physical form and live as a human. Short story writer McKitterick's first novel tells a larger-than-life cautionary tale of men and women in crisis and of the dangers posed by an out-of-control technology. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the cyberpunk feel of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash as well as the cosmic fiction of James Blish's Cities in Flight should welcome the author's full-length sf debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982725696
Publisher:
Hadley Rille Books
Publication date:
11/05/2010
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

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