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Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
Cover Artist: Photo: Georgette Douwma
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318725
Date: 03 February 2009 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: We're rerunning Ernest Lilley's review of the hardcover edition from our February 2008 issue.]

Rudy Rucker doesn't try too hard to disguise his bad guys in this weird variation on a nanotech-embedded future. One's a software billionaire from Silicon Valley and the other is the rerun of a none too bright president. Hey, Rucker's a radical math professor in SF (the city) besides being an SF (the genre) author. Postsingular takes everything a step further but it travels in directions orthogonal to what's come before. Wacky, gnarly, fun, and chilling all at the same time, this is the story of when Nants ruled the Earth ...

From official release/information:

Product Description: It begins the day after next year in California. A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy US president initiate a radical transformation of the world through sentient nanotechnology; sort of the equivalent of biological artificial intelligence. At first they succeed, but their plans are reversed by Chu, an autistic boy. The next time it isn't so easy to stop them.

Most of the story takes place in our world after a previously unimaginable transformation. All things look the same, and all people feel the same—but they are different (they're able to read each others' minds, for starters). Travel to and from other nearby worlds in the quantum universe is possible. And our world is visited by giant humanoids from another quantum universe, some of whom mean to tidy up the mess we've made.

Or maybe just run things.

(Source: Tor Books)

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