Andrew Worth is a science journalist with optic nerve taps and a gut full of memory chips. Burnt out after completing a documentary on controversial developments in biotechnology, he turns down a chance to report on a baffling new mental disorder known as Distress and instead takes an assignment covering the Einstein Centenary Conference on the artificial island of Stateless. There, a young South African physicist, Violet Mosala, is expected to unveil her candidate for a Theory of Everything.
But the assignment is not the tropical respite Worth was expecting. While the politics surrounding the creation of Stateless grows more turbulent, and ignorance cults stage protests against the gathering scientists, a secretive group known as the Anthrocosmologists, with some very strange ideas about the Theory of Everything, begin to enact their own agenda.
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so very close to this one, but so different. I say the previous reviewer doesn't know what he's talking about. Egan builds innumerable technological and sociological facets of an intricate society, balanced on the edge of collapse, and with each new facet, he just begins to suggest an entirely different paradigm it could create. this is a book not about the end of the world, though it comes terrifyingly close to unravelling into a sollipsist oblivion, it is a book about a world, a fractured and fragmented global culture, where all members struggle for identity, and find it in myriad cults or novel technological expression. this is a book of concepts, many many concepts. some barely suggested, some deeply explored, but cover to cover this book is full of fascinating ideas. five stars. without a doubt.