The Voice of the Whirlwind

The Voice of the Whirlwind

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by Walter Jon Williams
     
 

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Steward is a clone. A beta. His memories are fifteen years old, because his alpha never did have a brain-scan update. And in those fifteen years, the entire world has changed: The Orbital Policorp which held his allegiance has collapsed; dozens of his friends died in an off-planet war which he survived; an alien race has established relations with humanity; both…  See more details below

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Steward is a clone. A beta. His memories are fifteen years old, because his alpha never did have a brain-scan update. And in those fifteen years, the entire world has changed: The Orbital Policorp which held his allegiance has collapsed; dozens of his friends died in an off-planet war which he survived; an alien race has established relations with humanity; both his first and second wives have divorced him. And someone has murdered him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Williams's novel Hardwired was a well-written but standard entry in the cyberpunk sweepstakes launched by William Gibson's Neuromancer. This followup, however, is much more interesting and successful. Etienne Steward is the clone (``Steward Beta'') of a hero of the Artifact Wars, in which multinational corporations fielded armies to plunder alien ruins. He's been given Steward Alpha's memories minus the last years of the hero's life: the war and its aftermath. Now Steward Beta begins an investigation, tracking down Alpha's wife, friends, enemies and fellow vets to fill in the picture and learn why Alpha was murdered. In particular, Beta probes the war, its horrors, its betrayals and The Powers, the aliens who ended it. Resonances of Vietnam-era moral concerns make this deft updating of the postWorld War II genre of psychological thrillers about amnesiacs one of the best of its kind. (May 20)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812519242
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.77(d)

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Voice of the Whirlwind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DuncanWatson More than 1 year ago
This book was originally published in 1987 and to be honest,you can't tell. The only clues are paper newsheets and video cartridges. I love this book and Steward is a likable character with some sociapathic tendancies. It is obvious this was written before lots of talk and books about technologic singularity but that is a good thing. I recommend this book and am very glad to have it in ebook form.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists, great protaganist, very satisfing.
PerryStroika More than 1 year ago
the world what you think of this product.A sleek, well written, intelligent cyberpunk espionage thriller featuring a clone (Beta) on an obsessive pursuit of his deceased original, his Alpha, an elite Zen warrior mystic. The first hundred pages or so are a bit dull, as Williams laboriously sets up the character and the situation, getting some exposition of the world out of the way, but by page 100 he has us into what turns into a very well paced, exciting plot. This is a very well put together book in which nothing is out of place, and everything is there for a reason. All the pieces connect, and add up to a wonderfully satisfying conclusion.  An added dimension of interest is added by how Williams treats the main character, the Beta. Voice of the Whirlwind takes place in the Hardwired science fictional universe, where the solar system has become a wild arena of political/economic competition between numerous police corporations, or "policorps". The Alpha, the original, a cybernetically augmented soldier for one of these policorps, is murdered. His Beta awakens with fifteen year old memories, because the original has neglected to update his memories. Disoriented by the rapidly changing world around him, and without any loyalties or ties to anyone, without anyone to trust, Beta is a true outlaw, even a sociopath.  Beta does not think of himself as a person, as a complete individual, and in some sense, he is not. He is a shadow. In terms of the militarist Zen warrior ideology in which his Alpha was indoctrinated, he is a child of vengeance, a leftover of his Alpha's karma.
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