By Vernor Vinge
Four-time Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge has taken readers to the depths of area and into the a ways destiny in his bestselling novels a hearth Upon the Deep and A Deepness within the Sky. Now, he has written a science-fiction mystery set in a spot and time as intriguing and unusual as any far-future global: San Diego, California, 2025.
Robert Gu is a getting better Alzheimer's sufferer. the area that he recollects was once a lot as we all know it this day. Now, as he regains his colleges via a therapy built in the course of the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the area has replaced and so has his position in it. He was once a world-renowned poet. Now he's seventy-five years outdated, notwithstanding via a scientific miracle he appears a lot more youthful, and he's beginning over, for the 1st time uncertain of his poetic presents. residing along with his son's family members, he has no selection yet to benefit easy methods to do something about a brand new details age within which the digital and the true are a unbroken continuum, layers of truth equipped on electronic perspectives obvious by way of a unmarried individual or thousands, counting on your selection. however the consensus truth of the electronic international is offered provided that, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you know the way to put on your instant access--through nodes designed into clever clothes--and to determine the electronic context--through clever touch lenses.
With wisdom comes danger. whilst Robert starts off to re-train at Fairmont excessive, studying with different older humans what's moment nature to Miri and different youth in school, he unwittingly turns into a part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to take advantage of know-how as a device for global domination.
In a global the place each machine chip has native land safeguard integrated, this conspiracy is anything that baffles even the main subtle safeguard analysts, together with Robert's son and daughter-in legislation, best humans within the U.S. army. or even Miri, in her makes an attempt to guard her grandfather, should be entangled within the plot.
As Robert turns into extra deeply all in favour of conspiracy, he's surprised to benefit of an intensive swap deliberate for the UCSD Geisel Library; the entire books there, and around the world, could stop to bodily exist. He and his fellow re-trainees suppose forced to hitch protests opposed to the swap. With forces all over the world converging on San Diego, either the conspiracy and the protest climax in a impressive second as designated and pleasurable because it is unforeseen. this is often technology fiction at its absolute best, through a grasp storyteller at his top.