THE RAPTURE OF THE NERDS
Sci-fi powerhouses Doctorow and Stross revisit two novellas and add a third to create a warped roller-coaster ride of a novel that easily follows in (and often obliterates) the footsteps of Gibson and Sterling. While this novel is likely not for the casual SF reader, it will pull the hardcore fanbase right in. Go in expecting anything and you’ll be pleased. It’s often hard to tell up from down in this place, and that’s part of the point.
In a world that is post-singularity, literally anything is possible. Huw has been chosen to sit on a jury to assess new inventions, with no knowledge that he has also been chosen to carry one of those inventions — to whatever conclusion it may reach. Genies in teapots, splintered metaconsciousnesses, cloud environments that read like The Matrix married Second Life, death by angry ants, gender reassignment, gravity wells, the dusk of the 21st century and 600,000 versions of yourself all populate this topsy-turvy world. (TOR, Sep., 352 pp., $24.99)