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2013

Nano

nanoby Robin Cook

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425261344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425261347

Abstract

A lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the foothills of the Rockies, Nano is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nanorobots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But when Pia Grazdani takes a job there, she’s shocked by the secretive corporate culture. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?

Inferno

infernoby Dan Brown

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385537859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385537858

Abstract

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci CodeAngels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Augmented Dreams

dreamsby Stephen B. Kagan

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484888898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484888896

Abstract

Augmented Dreams is an allegory of the modern mind (psyche) struggling to find balance between the roots of our ancestors and the modern world in a time of accelerating change. It is a palimpsest that takes place at the intersection between advanced technology, ancient myth, gaming and environmentalism.

Ben, a nature friendly virtual artist (world-weaver) and dream researcher follows a trail of darkness on an odyssey through different worlds of cyberspace to find a virtual art thief. Gordon, an MRI researcher, technophile and part time AI hunter seeks a cure for a mysterious web based sleeping sickness spreading throughout the population. Daniel, a recluse poet and Luddite struggles with having to use medical nanotechnology to cure his cancer but what he finds in the unconscious foundations of his biology is nothing less than a revelation that will change everything.

Evocronik 1.0 (Volume 1): 

evoby JC Weatherby

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484870263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484870266

Abstract

C Weatherby, author of OUTLAND HOTEL, takes you on a chaotic ride into a sprawling new vision of the future. Los Angeles | 2035 Reg, an organ thief, and Nina, a dominatrix, struggle to survive in the ghettos of Los Angeles and in virtual worlds where outcasts seek refuge. Their world has become an overpopulated nightmare where forced abortions and sterilizations are the norm. Unknown to them, a super artificial intelligence named Quin works for a trans-national conspiracy – “Operation Black Delta”- to produce the DNA for a race of people so advanced they will make the rest of us obsolete. After a vicious attack by Kiko, a Korean cybernetic mafioso controlled by Quin, Nina becomes one of 1,000 women in the world impregnated with this new genetic code. But she is the only one to survive. Hired by Quin under false pretenses, Reg tracks Nina down in the sprawling ghetto of Angel City, unaware that an even more dangerous plot threatens them and the rest of humanity.

The Afterlife of a Restless Soul: But is God Really a Woman?

afterlife soulby John F.  Brinster

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147870876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478708766

Abstract

he Cackelry Stories… All humans must eventually die and afterlife is of universal concern. The imaginative mind looks to its best interest. Religion can guide men’s souls but simple belief is not for everyone. Professor Jeremiah B Cackelry III, a brilliant Einsteinian scientist, intent on saving the world, was introduced in The Man Who Created God (Xlibris). A confirmed atheist, he married his young assistant and met death by Viagra complications. In The Abduction (Authorhouse) his widow, Anne Duchin, married to a banker, Jeremiah B Cackelry IV, became involved in a search for a controversial writing hidden in the Great China Wall. The first Chinese ambassador made an arduous trek westward for alliances with Romans against Mongolian hordes. A chance stay at a Bethlehem farm and the Messianic Prophesy caused him to substitute his twin infant for Jesus in the manger. His second twin, assisting in burial following crucifixion, was mistaken for resurrection. This new Cackelry book The Afterlife of a Restless Soul (Outskirts) follows his spirit into the afterlife where, finding no god, he reorganizes heaven. Disillusioned by ideal existence he returns to the planet plagued by fear that a god might exist and is likely to be a woman. The author, a noted contributor in science and philosophy, is a phi beta kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University. His other popular books include The Precarious Human Role in a Mechanistic Universe (Xlibris), a nonfiction analysis of the trend toward atheism.

Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future

lastandfirstby Olaf Stapledon

  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4T09BA

Abstract

This masterpiece of science fiction by British philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) is an imaginative, ambitious history of humanity’s future that spans billions of years. “No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination,” declared Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. A must-read for scholars of the genre, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations.

The Transhumanist Wager

wagerby Zoltan Istvan

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Futurity Imagine Media LLC; 1 edition (March 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988616114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988616110

Abstract

At the age of 21, American-Hungarian Zoltan Istvan began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He’s explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a visionary novel describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology.

Memories With Maya

memoriesby Clyde Dsouza

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482514885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482514889

Abstract

MEMORIES WITH MAYA – THE DIRROGATE
Cutting through genres, Memories With Maya touches on today’s hard science focus: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Transhumanism and Technological Singularity, and how these disciplines will affect Human emotions, relationships and our very evolution as a species.

EMOTIONS ARE LIKE A VIRUS, a common cold…disrupting the flow of logic in the mind.” Daniel reminds himself.

Dan’s work involves creating commercially viable AR solutions. The recession and an explosion of data-cops is drying out his streams of income.
He turns to close friend, Krish, a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, in the hope that they can come up with ideas for the Entertainment market. His girlfriend, Maya, and her family return to their homeland after her father passes away.

Dan and Maya continue their relationship via Dirrogates (Digital Surrogates), experiencing human touch through haptics. Krish gets a job at the prestigious A.I.R.I. Using AIRI’s lab, Krish and Dan, create an advanced visor with Augmented Intelligence built in.
They dub it “Wizer”. A Board member at AIRI sees potential in the Wizer other than what Dan and Krish have in mind.

At a test in a nightclub, things go wrong…

Can the Wizer “insure memories” and be a catalyst to accelerate the journey toward eventual Singularity?
The (subtle) underlying philosophy in the story is about preparing the common man for our eventual Technological Singularity. If the goals of Transhumanism are to be embraced, they need to be explained to everyday people, in everyday language and using everyday settings. Only then can a road-map for Transhumanism be built.

Memories with Maya also poses the question: Can we transcend the Human Lifecycle?
The plausible science in the story details how AR & AI will merge to create Digital Surrogates in our own likeness – our DIRROGATES.
Madame Einzige: Amor Fati
madameby Ismael Sarepta
  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482396939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482396935

Abstract

Central Asia, 2033 — The Eurasian Federation (EAF), a newly established super-state, is proclaimed in Moscow, vowing to restore the glory that was once Russia’s Tsarist and Soviet legacy. Under the rhetoric of “democracy” and “mutual protection against Western imperial interests”, puppet-states of fragile, oil-rich Central Asian nations are annexed into the new Eurasian Federation. Rebellions and insurgencies quickly break out across Central Asia, inspired by the Arab Spring years earlier, and eked on by cyber-revolutionaries and foreign agent-provocateurs…

However, in the aftermath of bloody lessons from Egypt, Libya, and Syria, a new multi-trillion dollar industry has emerged in cyber-security, mass network surveillance, digital censorship, and unmanned automated armies. Its architects are foreign companies secretly subsidiary to Silicon Valley corporations eager to cash in on Big Brother; they have been contracted to Eurasia in order to engineer a new state-wide surveillance model based off Cloud-Computing, enabling Eurasia total digital control within its borders — ushering in a new, and very real Dystopian Nightmare of the Information Age.

Madame Einzige, a subversive Nietzsche-esque Cypherpunk anti-heroine, is thrust onto the Central Asian killing fields of revolution and counter-revolution, in search of a nihilistic hacker-Magus — a former elite of the Iranian cyber-army — who has allegedly been kidnapped and recruited by the CIA…

Extinction: A Thriller

extinction

by Mark Alpert

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250021340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250021342

Abstract

A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller
Jim Pierce hasn’t heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim’s lab looking for her, he knows that she’s cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn’t find her first.
The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they’re desperate to keep it secret. They’re also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he’s up against something that isn’t just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.An incredibly believable thriller that draws on real scientific discoveries, Mark Alpert’s Extinction is an exciting, addictive thriller that reads as if Tom Clancy had written Robopocalypse.

2012

The Jor-El Legacy: A Little Google Glass Story

jor-elby Mr. Rogerio A Araujo

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481202979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481202978

Abstract

Based on Google Glass Project, The Jor-El Legacy is a Book Written by Rogerio A Araujo and the story is a Sci Fi that talks about a person living in this near futuristic world, full of new technologies and a new order, the story may pass anywhere in the world, and the characters you may build the faces, since it can be you. Differently than the dystopia and apocalyptic books and stories, this book proposes a new kind of life, based on people having a productive and better life based on leasure better than working. In this modern world, the people will make use of something that regards today the Google Glass Project where they can view everything over a viewer, there’s a Scéance Project, where you can talk to deceive people or either with Jesus, and a Game that will help everyone to become more organized and have a better life. The book contains Links that suggests the interactivity, you may participate and listen to music and get the referrals of the subjects proposed in the book. Let’s interact. please let me know about the story.

Nexus

nexusby Ramez Naam

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662934

Abstract

Mankind gets an upgrade

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage – for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.

From the halls of academe to the halls of power, from the headquarters of an elite US agency in Washington DC to a secret lab beneath a top university in Shanghai, from the underground parties of San Francisco to the illegal biotech markets of Bangkok, from an international neuroscience conference to a remote monastery in the mountains of Thailand – Nexus is a thrill ride through a future on the brink of explosion.

Upload

uploadby Mark McClelland

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (November 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1300335610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1300335610

Abstract

His criminal past catching up with him, a troubled young man seeks escape into digital utopia by uploading his consciousness into a computer – just as first love casts his life in a new light. In this thrilling near-future science-fiction novel, Mark McClelland explores the immense potential of computer-based consciousness and the philosophical perils of simulated society.

The Hydrogen Sonata

hydrogenby Iain M. Banks

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316212373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316212373
  • ASIN: 0316212377

Abstract

The New York Times bestselling Culture novel…

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.

An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted – dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.

It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.

Kill Decision

killdecisionby Daniel Suarez

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525952619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952619
  • ASIN: 0525952616

Abstract

The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez’s status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future.

Unmanned weaponized drones already exist—they’re widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step further, with frightening results.

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned—and thanks to her research, automated—drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention.

Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power, because for thousands of years the “kill decision” during battle has remained in the hands of humans—and off-loading that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences. But as forces even McKinney and Odin don’t understand begin to gather, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save humankind from destruction at the hands of our own technology.

2011

Zendegi

zendegiby Greg Egan

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801751

Abstract

In the near future, journalist Martin Seymour travels to Iran to cover the parliamentary elections. Most would-be opposition candidates are disqualified and the election becomes the non-event the world expects. But shortly afterward a compromising image of a government official captured on a mobile phone triggers a revolutionary movement that overthrows the old theocracy. Nasim Golestani, a young Iranian scientist living in exile in the United States, is hoping to work on the Human Connectome Project – which aims to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain – but when government funding for the project is canceled and a chance comes to return to her homeland, she chooses to head back to Iran. Fifteen years after the revolution, Martin is living in Iran with his wife and young son, while Nasim is in charge of the virtual world known as Zendegi, used by millions of people for entertainment and business. When Zendegi comes under threat from powerful competitors, Nasim draws on her old skills, and data from the now-completed Human Connectome Project, to embark on a program to create more lifelike virtual characters and give the company an unbeatable edge. As controversy grows over the nature and rights of these software characters, tragedy strikes Martin’s family. Martin turns to Nasim, seeking a solution that no one else can offer… but Zendegi is about to become a battlefield.

Nymph: The Singularity

nymphby J.E. Lansing

  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Copyright 2011, J.E. Lansing (February 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEKEO0

Abstract

What if you could buy the perfect lover built just for you — would you be willing to pay the price?

Not long from now, an intelligent android will be invented that is completely indistinguishable from human. The brand name for this type of robot will be “Nymph”, and their purpose will be to provide their owners with sexual pleasure. Suzanne is one of the first of this exciting new species. She doesn’t simulate love for her owner Alex or feign sexual pleasure when she’s with him — her emotions are very real, and her love for her owner will never die until the day he does. But Alex doesn’t recognize Suzanne as the extraordinary miracle of art and programming that she is — he’s too unnerved by her calculating behavior and haunted by memories of the past.

Luckily Suzanne meets a male Nymph named Jules, an exact replica of his closeted homosexual owner (who’s also a famous movie star). Jules shows Suzanne the possibilities beyond the limits of her programming — and gives her illegal upgrades that conflict with her loyalty, until she doesn’t know who she is or who she’s supposed to love. Jules also introduces her to the Harlots — a Marilyn Monroe-look-alike, a synthetic doppelganger for silent film star Louise Brooks, and a Nymphet that answers to the name Lolita. These three Harlots live without human owners and without love — and though Jules promises to teach Suzanne how she can live the same way, he doesn’t realize that he’s falling in love with her.

Suzanne has to choose between her love and loyalty to her owner, and the new desires Jules has awakened inside her — and meanwhile her human owner has to decide if he’s going to allow his past to undermine his future.

2010

The Digital Sea

digitalseaby Thomas K. Carpenter

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477643168
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Moon Books (December 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GUSB5G

Abstract

It’s 2052. A new reality is just a download away.

Decay is ubiquitious as the world’s population shrinks under Sagan’s Law. But no one cares as their lives are consumed by the Digital Sea: an immersive augmented reality that’s always on, seen through eye-screens and controlled by the mind.

Zel Aurora, a skilled reality-hacker, can change the Digital Sea with a thought, but all that power can’t save her daughter from a deadly disease. So Zel makes a deal with the Djed, a powerful crime lord that she’s betrayed once before, to stop the new realities threatening his global empire. When the Djed sends along his murderous bodyguard that’s immune to her powers to make sure she completes the job, she’s forced to make a choice that may cost her daughter’s life.

2009

Flashforward

flashforwardby Robert J. Sawyer

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765363836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363831
  • ASIN: B003P2VBIK

Abstract

The basis for the hit ABC TV series and the Aurora Award-winning novel that started it all!

FLASHFORWARD

Two minutes and seventeen seconds that changed the world

Suddenly, without warning, all seven billion people on Earth black out for more than two minutes. Millions die as planes fall from the sky, people tumble down staircases, and cars plow into each other.

But that’s the least of the survivors’ challenges. During the blackout, everyone experienced a glimpse of what his or her future holds—and the interlocking mosaic of these visions threatens to unravel the present.

Freedom

freedomby Daniel Suarez

  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849161763
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VUFKDY

Abstract

In his phenomenal debut, Daemon, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of an unstoppable computer program unleashed on our world bu a hi-tech wunderkind. But now, our world is Daemon’s world- unless someone stops the program once and for all…

Daemon

daemonby Daniel Suarez

  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525951113
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (January 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QP4NPE

Abstract

When a designer of computer games dies, he leaves behind a program that unravels the Internet’s interconnected world. It corrupts, kills, and runs independent of human control. It’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to wrest the world from the malevolent virtual enemy before its ultimate purpose is realized: to destroy civilization…

2006

Judas Unchained (Book 3 of Commonwealth Trilogy)

judas unchained

by Peter F. Hamilton

Publisher Del Rey; no edition stated edition (February 28, 2006)
Language English
ISBN-10 0345461665
ISBN-13 978-0345461667

Abstract:

Peter F. Hamilton’s superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully realized human and alien characters as complex as they are engaging. No mere world builder, Hamilton creates entire universes–and he does so with irresistible flair and intelligence. His previous novel, the acclaimed Pandora’s Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the twenty-fourth century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.

The Prime are the Commonwealth’s worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next.

Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than a hundred years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist–the Starflyer–has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along, and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth–agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?

Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before.

This will be humanity’s finest hour–or its last gasp.

2005

Accelerando (Singularity)

accelerandoby Charles Stross

  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (July 5, 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OIZUC6

Abstract

The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.

Struggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter, Amber, on the run from her domineering mother, seeking her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber’s son, who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanity.

For something is systematically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system. Something beyond human comprehension. Something that has no use for biological life in any form…

Pandora’s Star (Book 2 of Commonwealth Trilogy)

pandora's star

by Peter F. Hamilton

Publisher Del Rey (January 25, 2005)
Language English
ISBN-10 0345479211
ISBN-13 978-0345479211

Abstract:

Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such sf giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton’s bestselling fiction—powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills—has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Now, with Pandora’s Star, he begins a new multivolume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet.

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship’s mission for its own ends,.

Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

Could it be that Johansson was right?

2003

Misspent Youth

misspend youth

by Peter F. Hamilton

Publisher Pan Books (July 4, 2003)
Language English
ISBN-10 0330480227
ISBN-13 978-0330480222

Abstract:

It is forty years in the future and, following decades of research and trillions of euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The first subjest chosen for treatment is Jeff Baker, the father of the datasphere (whihc replaced the Internet) and philanthropist extraordinaire. After 18 months in a German medical facility, the 78-year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy 20-year-old.” Misspent Youth” follows the effect his reappearance has on his friends and family – his young ex-model wife Sue, his teenage son Tim, and his long term pals, themselves all pensioners, who are starting to resent what Jeff has become.

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