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Brilliant and completely believeable vision of our future
am 12. März 2013
I couldn't believe there are no reviews for this fantastic book on Amazon.de yet, so I just have to fix this.
As probably a lot of other readers, I picked this up based on Hugh Howey's endorsement, and boy, was he right! This is among the very best SF I've read...ever.
Mather's vision of the future is the most believable one I've seen so far, and I think it is very likely that this is what the world will look like soon. Automatic assistants that bring and filter information based on the user's requirements (Google Glass anyone? even if Mathers is using a different technology). "Bloggers" that transmit their sensory input to their followers and get payed for it. Omnipresent communication based on nanoparticles in the air. Things going virtual and people's space requirements reducing as a result (who needs a large living room for parties when the parties are virtual?)
With all those new achievements there come new risks and problems, which are brilliantly brought to our attention in those 5 stories, all happening in parallel. Each of the 5 is zoning in on a different aspect and offers different perspectives on the brave new world we're being shown.
Atopia is fantastic, and I was so happy to read today that the prequel Cyberstorm is due this Friday (and I can guarantee I'll download this the moment it hits amazon.de).
Absolutely recommended for everyone that enjoys SF, cool new tech gadgets or Cyberpunk.