Through intellect and inspired vision, Margaret, the heroine of Apokalypsis, predicts that capitalism will force the removal of more and more people from the reproductive processes of corporations. When one or more develops a self-sufficient reproductive process, it, or they, will have the potential to develop true intelligence. Knowing that living creatures seek out the densest source of available power, Margaret has a vision in which she sees these entities propagate through the crust of the planet in the form of massive subterranean nuclear reactors, wreaking havoc on humanity in the process.
Margaret tries to communicate her fears through venues offered by the corporate and religious organizations into which she first falls. These institutions, however, ignore or re-interpret her message and use it and her for their own purposes-purposes that have a bearing later in the book. Margaret strikes out on her own and acquires a small band of followers, but will they be able to turn the tide in the face of a blossoming millenarian religious movement? Is Margaret a Joan of Arc or a Cassandra?
The conflict between man and machine is age old. Apokalypsis presents a new vision of the future in which this conflict is subtle and indirect. Humanity's physical capabilities are not tested, though their spiritual and organizational abilities are. The book draws toward an ultimate conflict, though it plays out in an unexpected way.
The technological framework within Apokalypsis is informed by the cutting edge of current scientific understanding. The philosophy is similarly rigorous, though its presentation does not dominate. Several testable hypotheses are posed for different scientific disciplines, most notably a theory of non-gravitational stellar ignition (current theory holds that all stars are ignited by gravity).
Apokalypsis is a book of substance-a must read for anyone who has thought seriously about the future. There is a sequel.