Counting Heads

Counting Heads

by David Marusek
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Counting Heads by David Marusek

Counting Heads is David Marusek's extraordinary launch as an SF novelist: The year is 2134, and the Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Life extension therapies have increased the human lifespan by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligences) and robots do most of society's work. The Boutique Economy has made redundant ninety-nine percent of the world's fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away.

Eleanor K. Starke, one of the world's leading citizens is assassinated, and her daughter, Ellen, is mortally wounded. Only Ellen, the heir to her mother's financial empire, is capable of saving Earth from complete domination plotted by the cynical, selfish, immortal rich, that is if she survives. Her cryonically frozen head is in the hands of her family's enemies. A ragtag ensemble of unlikely heroes join forces to rescue Ellen's head, all for their own purposes.

Counting Heads arrives as a science fiction novel like a bolt of electricity, galvanizing readers with an entirely new vision of the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765317544
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Series: Counting Heads Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 826,798
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

David Marusek spins his quirky tales of the future by the glow of the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Abbey Warner More than 1 year ago
The future is full of nasty rich people, but that's about all that is recognizable from this world to Marusek's well-defined world. Highly recommended for people who like Sci Fi full of Big Ideas.
Mazzei8 More than 1 year ago
This well-written novel is so thoroughly envisioned by the author that the world it evokes comes to life in a visceral manner. Marusek creates a novel almost as diffuse and as detailed as a Thomas Pynchon novel. The characters are well-drawn. The plot lines - for the most part - run smoothly and merge in the end. The one draw back is the end is a little tight and ordinary (the usual suspenseful denouement). However, a great first attempt and I look forward to his next one - a continuation - in January 2009.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2134 the Boutique Economy runs the world as the rich and famous can live for centuries thanks to incredible advances in nanotechnology and medicine. No one has to work as intelligent and harmonious mentars and robots perform all tedious tasks. However, in this Utopian society remains one major serpent, fifteen billion earthlings living below the Boutique line and thus undesirable and unwanted................ In that environs, powerful Sammy Harger, who wants to send the masses into space as colonists, and his equally potent significant other financial guru Eleanor Starke adopt a baby from the National Orphanage drawer in Jersey. However, instead of hundreds of years together, an assassin murders Eleanor and her daughter Ellen is dying from wounds received in the same incident. As doctors work to save Ellen, others want her dead or at least control of her cryogenically frozen head as the Starks somewhat believed in helping those below the Boutique line thus making enemies of other members of the rich and powerful who see that as waste.................. This is a frightening futuristic science fiction thriller that extrapolates much of what is happening in technology and in DC to paint a dark world for ninety-nine percent of the populace and a let them eat cake realm for the remainder. The story line is character driven in which even the mentars seem genuine and humans wants more out of life than just drudgery. Readers will ponder what is going on in a realm in which science, money, and politics merge for the benefit of an elite few at the expense of the many. This is a terrific thought provoking thriller that will surely tracked those who borrows or buys the novel by the Patriot Act zealots.............. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know where I got a lead to this book.  I've had it a while in inventory.  I is 1500 pages, so I think that's why I didn't start it earlier.   I loved it.  Loved it.  It has concepts like Gibson, but I felt Kurt Vonnegut in there too.  It's a wild and crazy ride that left me wanting more.  I I'll look for more Marusek!
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