|Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow have just published their co-authored book, The Rapture of the Nerds. The book is a humorous look at our post-human future.|
Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow are both well-established SF writers with a documented fondness for all things far-future, post-human and cyber. Their award-winning work often explores technology that supersedes the human, governments gone absurd and the complex relationship between the past and the future. They seem well-suited for a novel that's really a conversation about humanity's hopes in a post-human world.
The book is now available from Amazon and will soon be available for free download under a Creative Commons license.
Stross, author of Accelerando, also put up an excerpt from the book on his blog.
According to Publishers Weekly:
Doctorow (Little Brother) and Stross (Rule 34) take a comic tour of a post-Singularity solar system where posthumans dump digital junk on the “pre-posthumans” who cling to terrestrial life. Huw Jones, a Welsh potter abandoned by parents who ascended to the interplanetary smartcloud, receives a summons for jury service, where he will decide what of the posthumans’ donations is worth taking and what’s too dangerous to touch. He soon falls into a “flash conspiracy” involving a hanging judge in a Dalek-like wheelchair, a wannabe transhuman, and a sybaritic conspiracy theorist. Huw is chased to North America, where he becomes female with stereotype-laden results, dodges fundamentalists and intelligent anarchist ants, and is unexpectedly uploaded and made the solar system’s ambassador to the ominous galactic Authority. Moving at light speed with a light touch, the novel mixes up a frothy cocktail of technological speculation and a wide variety of geeky in-jokes (unobtanium, Vogon poetry, “all the way up to 11”).
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