The “reigning master of hard-edge science fiction takes a chilling look at the plausible near-future” in this cyberpunk sequel to Queen of Angels (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
In the second half of the twenty-first century, nanotechnology has transformed every aspect of society. Humans can now change their abilities, their appearance, their very bodies on microscopic level. Advanced psychotherapy seems to have wiped away violence and illness. The world is sane and in balance.
However, that balance teeters with the grisly murder of two prostitutes and a series of suicides. Soon, public defender Mary Cho’s investigation finds a dark danger lurking in the recesses of the “dataflow.” Entertainment, virtual pornography, neo-Luddite separatists, an unknown artificial intelligence—everything seems to be intertwined in a vast conspiracy. As technology fails so too does the society perched high atop it. Perfection is a high pedestal from which to fall.
Violent crime is rare in the "data-flow culture" of mid-21st century America. Advanced computer and nano-technologies have ended poverty, and sophisticated therapies permanently relieve the distress of the emotionally unstable. Now, however, something has gone horribly wrong. Seattle Public Defender Mary Choy is called in to investigate the gruesome death of two prostitutes who were undergoing illegal nano-transformation. Further technology-related complications ensue, and then an executive at a nanotech firm finds himself approached by a wealthy and secret right-wing organization that believes society is about to collapse. Across the nation, thousands of people who have gone through therapy are having "fallbacks"--reverting to their previous mental states--and also showing signs of Tourette's syndrome. Many are committing suicide. In this sequel to his Hugo Award-nominated Queen of Angels, Bear (Legacy) once again provides a panoramic view of a complex future world. Bear is particularly adept at portraying the ways in which new technology is likely to affect people, both for good and for ill. His application of virtual reality to the entertainment business, and particularly to pornography, is especially startling. Also effective is his portrayal of the breakaway republic of Green Idaho as a place where militia supporters and neo-Luddites find their own peculiar brand of violent contentment. Bear, who's won two Hugos and four Nebulas, should rack up nominations if not wins for this one as well.
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This is a really bad book. Lazy writing that is whimsical and useless. Vague and random so the author doesn’t have to make something called a plot.