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Rapture of the Nerds, with Charles Stross


Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun.

The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander…and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple.


4 Responses to “Rapture of the Nerds, with Charles Stross”

  1. I got this from my library and read it twice in one sitting from 10pm-3am. Super great book. I can easily see this meshing between your and Charlie's styles/universes as a prognostication. I'm loving the singularity and can't wait for more books by the two of you.

  2. Cory Doctorow says:

    Thank you Charles! I really appreciate the compliment!

  3. David says:

    "Rapture of the nerds" is an excellent book, i loved the character, Huw. Keep it going guys, we love boing boing too.

  4. Malcolm McIntyre says:

    A burning (that's a joke, not driven by personal circumstances - I have no negative micturation moments) question: on page 259 of my edition of Rapture, the pee-gasm is attributed to the former male expression of this currently-female entity. Does this mean there is not a female pee-gasm?

    And one more: The copyright date is 2012, but "greed is good" is attributed to the mid-1980s rather than the 20-10s or whatever the current decade is called. It's all a continuum and the 20-10s make the 1980s look like a kindergarten/pre-school picnic. Is the slippage between fiction and reality attributable to upload time or to download time?

    Love your work...

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