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  • Published: New York : Tor, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 349 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780765329103

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Rapture of the nerds

by Doctorow, Cory.

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Call number: Science Fiction

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

A tale set at the end of the twenty-first century finds the planet's divided hominid population subjected to the forces of a splintery metaconsciousness that inundates networks with plans for cataclysmic technologies, prompting an unwitting jury member to participate in a grueling decision.

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Our protagonist, Huw, hates technology. He lives in an old house without links to the Internet, works with pottery the old-fashioned way and is especially bitter since his parents uploaded their consciousness to the Internet-like satellite in orbit. This satellite, "The Cloud," contains the consciousness and memories of millions of people who have "raptured" themselves into it. Nonetheless Huw signs up to participate in a High Tech Jury, which decided whether new technology set to Earth from"the Cloud" is acceptable or should be destroyed. He sets out to the jury deliberation building in a far off city by means of very cheap travel accommodations. Of course, nothing goes as planned. He meets with one roadblock after another, from forced gender changes, to forced uploads to, to forced conversions into various religions.
While I enjoyed the book, others see it as a sprawling, disorganized story, which may be a stylistic method to reflect Huw's ever changing and extremely diverse society. This may also be because the novel is a mélange of two novellas by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, "Jury Duty" and "Appeals Court", with a third and newer section, "Parole Board" added to it.

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