by Tony Ballantyne
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Capacity by Tony Ballantyne

Welcome to the year 2252—and congratulations! You’re now a personality construct. We know that can be a daunting stage of personal development, especially if you don’t remember making this life-changing decision. But we’re here to help….

Helen is waking to a dark new reality—one that she’s certain she didn’t choose. In this borrowed existence, she finds an unexpected guide in Judy, a geisha-faced virgin who’s on a mission of her own. Together, the two of them begin a dangerous run through dozens of imagined worlds in an attempt to trap a psychopath haunting the shadowed areas of virtual space—a killer who brutally murdered an earlier version of Helen and who plans to kill again. Meanwhile, Justinian is investigating a peculiar rash of AI suicides on far-off planets—and finds that not only is there more to these “deaths” than he thought, but that they may be linked to his wife Anya’s mysterious coma.

In a future where AIs have taken over human life and the Environment Agency runs everything for our own good, the fact that we can live on after physical death as sentient digital beings should have been a good thing. Instead, as Helen and Justinian are about to discover, it just means there are more ways to die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553589290
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Series: Bantam Specta Science Fiction Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 10.86(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tony Ballantyne grew up in County Durham in the North East of England. He studied Math at Manchester University before moving to London for ten years where he taught first Math and then later IT. He now lives in Oldham with his wife and two children. His hobbies include playing boogie piano, walking, and cycling.

Tony's short fiction has appeared in The Third Alternative and Interzone magazines, and in the anthology Constellations edited by Peter Crowther.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
In the twenty-third century Helen is a personality construct, a human mind working on a computer existing in the digital virtual reality realm. There are many Helen personality constructs and the person responsible for that is Kevin who illegally and willfully copied her so that she would be ¿entertainment¿ for men who enjoy performing violent acts on women. Judy rescues Helen helping her escape her tormentor by hiding in a stealth place to guard against Kevin recapturing her. He keeps killing himself yet coming back. --- On Gateway, Justinian and his son to try to learn why the AIs are committing suicide. They are maneuvered, manipulated and watched by enemies and allies who all seek the secondary source of the AI infection. A person returning from Gateway possesses the seeds of destruction of the entire universe with Judy needing to stop him. --- Like REPERCUSSION, CAPACITY occurs in a dark and bleak future galaxy in which AIs contol human destiny. Tony Ballantyne paints an austere portrait of life in which the Watcher, the first AI, controls everyone especially the AIs he is so god-like many believe he does not exist beyond being an urban legend. Due to the hyper speed of the plot, characters are never fully developed but readers of science fiction thrillers will still leap on for quite a ride. --- Harriet Klausner