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Fiction Cyberpunk

The Rapture of the Nerds

A Novel

by (author) Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross

Publisher
Tor/Forge
Initial publish date
May 2018
Category
Cyberpunk
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765329110
    Publish Date
    Nov 2013
    List Price
    $23.5
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781250196446
    Publish Date
    May 2018
    List Price
    $23.5
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780765329103
    Publish Date
    Sep 2012
    List Price
    $28.99

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Description

A brilliant collaboartion from Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, two defining personalities of post-cyberpunk SF—now repackaged with a new cover!
Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century.
Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun.
The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander…and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple.
So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors.

About the authors

Cory Doctorow is a multi-award-winning science fiction author, technologist, activist and speaker. His novels include Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe and the recently released contemporary fantasy, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town.

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Editorial Reviews

“There's a superhuman energy and intelligence toMakers that I haven't see since mid-period Bruce Sterling.” —Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians
“If imagination is the key to success for a writer, Charles Stross has it in spades.” —The Times (London)

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