Take hard SF, mix in a healthy dose of cyberpunk, add a touch of noir and sprinkle ironically with James Bond, and you have the recipe for Neal Asher’s fantastic debut Gridlinked.
The novel takes place in a future where humanity has discovered a way to instantaneously travel vast distances and thus has colonized much of the galaxy, a utopia where almost everybody has a chance to live forever and be as happy as they like; all political decisions are made by dispassionate artificial intelligences that do their utmost to keep things as fair as possible. This is known as The Polity, and of course a minority of people utterly hate it.
The title refers to the state of Polity agent Ian Cormac, who has been gridlinked—plugged in directly to the artificial intelligences—for much longer than is healthy and whose humanity has been drained away by this prolonged intimate contact with the machines.
Gridlinked is fast-paced, ripping with action and ideas, thought-provoking, and above all a solid ball of fun.
Posted Sunday, 30 July, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.