Stross has created a future that's richly detailed. Robin wakes up in a rehab clinic. He's in a different body, with very little memory of who he was before. Soon he discovers that someone wants him dead, and his only chance to elude the killer is to join an experiment called the Glasshouse.

Five couples with assumed identities will sign contracts obligating them to live in a controlled atmosphere for three years. Their environment will simulate the historical time period of 1990-2010, which is ancient history to people living in the 27th century. Can Robin hide in the Glasshouse, or will he put himself in greater danger?

This book has a fascinating story, but it may take a few chapters to get in sync with Stross' technology-driven future universe. Some passages may leave you scratching your head in confusion, but if you like sci-fi with lots of technical jargon, you'll like this book. If you're looking for a romantic, character-driven story, you'll be disappointed. (Jun., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski