Rapture of the Nerds

English language

Published Nov. 10, 2012 by Tor.

ISBN:
9780765329103

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3 stars (4 reviews)

A tale set at the end of the twenty-first century finds the planet's divided hominid population subjected to the forces of a splintery metaconsciousness that inundates networks with plans for cataclysmic technologies, prompting an unwitting jury member to participate in a grueling decision.

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4 stars

Sometimes you can pack too much good into a very small space.
When you do this, an explosion is probable.

The explosion is not as good as if you had just packed fewer things into that space.

Good strange things that I like:
Gender swapping protagonist
A hacker's exploration of transhumanism
Resource constraints in the virtual world
The inevitable myspacification of virtual worlds
The ethics of forked virtual characters
What it would feel like to modify your own thought patterns
Zeppelins
Post Rapture societies and who would stay behind

And oh so much more. This novel is so fizzy with amazing things that it bubbles away, leaving almost nothing behind. And that is not as good as it could be.

Still, worth reading.

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3 stars