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Product Details

  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027928
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edelman presents a gritty, tech-heavy thriller that builds on cyberpunk tropes in interesting and detailed new ways. The world developed in 2008's MultiReal and 2009's Infoquake has become inflamed with civil war and rebellion as MultiReal, a technology that mathematically projects possible futures to aid in decision making, suddenly becomes inaccessible. Into this chaos, MultiReal-D makes its first tentative appearance, building on the earlier technology to allow the user to essentially exist in multiple time lines for 60 seconds. Numerous characters seek their own goals in a labyrinthine plot, but Edelman does manage to bring his disparate threads together to create a coherent and even cohesive conclusion that's most accessible and satisfying to those who have read the earlier books. (Feb.)
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About the Author

David Louis Edelman is a science fiction novelist, blogger, and web programmer who lives outside of Washington, D.C. He was a finalist for the 2008 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His first novel, Infoquake, was named by Barnes & Noble’s Explorations as their Top SF Novel of 2006 and nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel. In addition to writing novels, Dave has also programmed websites for the U.S. Army, the FBI, and Rolls-Royce; taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank; written articles for The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun; and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies. He is married to Victoria Edelman.

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David Louis Edelman is the author of INFOQUAKE and MULTIREAL, which have been described as "the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge." INFOQUAKE was named Barnes & Noble's Top SF Novel of 2006 and nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel, while MULTIREAL was named one of the best novels of 2008 by io9 and Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, among others. David was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2008.

The concluding novel of the Jump 225 trilogy, GEOSYNCHRON, was released in February 2010. Library Journal says the book "tak[es] cyberpunk to the next level," while io9 calls the book "an engaging conclusion to a thrilling, thought-provoking saga."

In addition to writing novels, Edelman has programmed websites for the U.S. Army, the FBI and Rolls-Royce, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies.

Customer Reviews

Read the series and you will understand.
Steven Diamond
Every once in a great while I run across an author who has imagined a world so vivid and complete that I feel as if it actually exists.
Kevin Joseph
This is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to a unexpected ending , You really should read Infoquake, and MultiReal first.
Brad S. Ramsey

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horton on March 16, 2010
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First let me say that I love the world and the idea behind the series. I had a great time reading the books and I would have given this a 5 for that. However I also want to give it a 3 for other reasons. So I settled on a 4. I am going to try to keep major spoilers out of this but there may be a few smaller ones.

My major issue with the series is for things that seemed like they should be linked, but never were. It is Natch's story but the Surina's influence the whole world. Everyone seems to play in the sandbox they made. There are two parallel stories about Surina technology, Teleportation and MultiReal. Both are similar in the way they could change society and how the government wants to stop them. The novels do a great job illustrating that. Teleportation was neutered before it could be perfected. It is implied that teleportation could be instant, but is now limited to a time intensive process (hours). MultiReal's fate I won't get into because of spoilers.

The code for both of these technologies came from the same place, the Surina's. It is mentioned that the code for Teleportation and MultiReal share/have similar structures. That they "fit" together. It seems obvious that with both technologies one could really move between realities. The human race could truly evolve into a go anywhere/do anything post human existence. The clues in the book make it seem like this was the Surina plan from the beginning.

My problem is that this never happens. None of the characters bring it up as a possibility or solution. They never even see the connection. To me it would have been a great place to take the story. An even more fascinating possibility on top of a the great world we were already given.

So I think it is a great series and a good read but I am disappointed in where we eventually ended up. Or at least in where we could have ended up but didn't. Hopefully a future series in this universe will explore that more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mobiusklien on February 12, 2011
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There were a lot of really nasty people in this series, and you have to admire how they played off each other. Natch's transformation at the end seemed a little out of place, despite all of the revelations he experienced. Overall this series showed a great deal of promise, but Natch's choices at the end caught me by surprise, because there did not seem to be enough evidence to support it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Joseph VINE VOICE on June 6, 2010
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Every once in a great while I run across an author who has imagined a world so vivid and complete that I feel as if it actually exists. When that world is set hundreds of years in the future, this feat of creation is even more astounding.

Geosynchron, the final piece of David Edelman's Jump 225 Trilogy, completes the story of entrepreneur Natch, convincingly portraying his evolution from self-centered businessman to socially-conscious guardian of MultiReal. Infected with life-threatening black code and on the run from his nemesis Brone as well two executives vying for control of the Government, Natch must choose between two paths, each with dire consequences for the welfare of the human race.

As with its predecessors, this novel features intense action sequences, mentally-stimulating political maneuvering, and interesting thematic material. Here, the possible unification of the connectibles (the majority of the population who fully embrace the fusion of their bodies with software that regulats their bodily functions and connects them to the Datasea) and the unconnectibles (a minority group who have chosen to remain in a more-or-less natural state), and the disparate viewpoints they embrace, form a central motif.

If humans are on an inevitable path towards perfection, is it truly possible to destroy a technology that has the possibility to improve the human condition (but with alarming collateral consequences) or can we only hope to come up with a way to restrict its proliferation until adequate controls are in place? This is not only Natch's dilemma, but the dilemma our society faces as we stand on the brink of technologies that could alter the course of human evolution.

The Jump 225 Trilogy, for me, deserves not only a wide readership but also recognition as one of the most important sci-fi works of our time.
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First of all, I really enjoyed these three books. Who would have thought that such excitement could be generated around what's essentially a tale of computer programming and business? However, my gripe is as follows (spoiler): I understand the literary reasons for dystopic or downbeat denouements; such is the author's prerogative. But with such fascinating concepts bandied about in these books, to me it would have been more courageous to explore their progression into implementation rather than put them on hold until humanity is "ready." Just sayin'; if our future is created at least partially by our visions, then wouldn't utopian projections be more desirable than say cautionary tales and certainly more than tragedies? Maybe that's what I would ideally want to read, anyway. In Wil McCarthy's Queendom of Sol books, the catastrophe occurs to illustrate mankind's flaws and hubris, a writer's device, but things are left highly charged with positive possibility. In Geosynchron progress is stalled basically because the infrastructure can't handle the new technology. Well, come on.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2010
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Have waited for the finish of the Trilogy series, but not sure the ending as written was appreciated. Will not give anything away for those that have not read the ending yet, however, am just wondering if there somehow could not have been a different twist to the series finale? Like everyone else there are the characters in the book that I liked, and the characters in the series that was hoping they would meet an untimely death! That did not happen for the one character that I really didn't like. The only thing I will say is that cannot help but wonder if the Natch character could not have had much better circumstances for himself after doing what he needed to do? One will never know, unless there is going to be another continuation of the subject in another story line. It was kind of left open.

If there are anymore that have finished the series, please, let us know what you think of the ending, and maybe how you might have changed it?

Mjbsgreys
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