A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.
With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to Jack's mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.
Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity's. But with Fist's software licence about to expire, taking Jack's life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?
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This novel has an underlying feel of a gritty private-eye or crime thriller. However, it is much more than that and coerces the reader to take the already alarmingly pervasive digital and economic environment we live in to a very credible future conclusion. It struck me how little I had to suspend my disbelief as reading this.
As a story of the future of artificial and real intelligence is at times harrowing and definitely dystopian but is offset by the outrageous humour of the co-protagonist Hugo Fist. The characterisation is multi dimensional and filled with complex emotions. A very well written, thought provoking and gripping novel.