- Publisher: Easton Press; Reprint edition (1994)
- ASIN: B000MXEE7A
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,677,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Islands in the Net Hardcover – 1994
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The world Sterling creates alone would make this worthwhile reading, but his characterization is strong and unconventional, and he tells an extremely interesting story that travels all over the world. This isn't really a fast-paced pageturner, and it isn't immersed in hard-science details about how things work in the future--it's more like real life for most of us, where technology is part of the background, and just works. So if those are the kinds of things you value in a SF novel, this may not be your book. But the traditional virtues of plot, characterization, and setting make this an outstanding novel.
But read further in and you'll see that it's about the essential cyberpunk issues. Corporations consolidating power and those who don't get any. The impact of instant world-wide communication and what happens to those who aren't included. How technology and society change one another and how the morals of those involved matter. Whether the masses can threaten a global social order. What kind of crimes, if any, can be forgiven for the sake of technical or social genius.
The major action of the book is completely relevant today: global terrorism and the questions of social and economic breakdown in Africa. What is likely, what is preventable, how do they affect the rest of the world, and does anyone have both the power and the will to affect the issues?
The book is written in Stirling's slightly-dry style and the setting changes back and forth in ways that may large sections of the book less interesting to some readers. It's worth it and it's far from a slog, but be aware going in that it's best to either do it in one quick read or spread out over many days.
The story follows Laura Webster. She is a high-flyer rising in Rizome Corporation, a multinational megaconglomerate. (The pun on "rhizome" is no doubt intentional.) At the beginning of the book she's starting up a new subsidiary, a Lodge in Galvaston the company uses as a combination retreat, vacation spot, and meeting place for the most discrete business.Read more ›
Applying filters in my mind to shift the book's events further ahead in time and ignore the other historically dissonant factors, this is still a helluva read and a helluva ride. And the amount of stuff Sterling nailed about the reach and impact of the Web is astonishing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book tho parts are painful as its not a romance OK, But it shows the face of the Future as in that respect its really good!.
Nuff Said: Indiana ED
Great description, two thirds of the way through I don't really get what's going on or why I should care! Aside from random violence, not much really happens.Published 2 months ago by Shelley Satonin
I choose this book for the birthday of my grownup son who likes this kind of literature and gave me a list earlier of the books he would like to read. Read more
...I found value in this work by Sterling. I don't remember a whit of the plot machinations or the characters ten years after reading it. Read morePublished on November 12, 2004 by Netwyrm
I have read most of Sterlings other works of fiction and loved all them (The Difference Engine, Heavy Weather, Global Head, Holy Fire, Good old fashioned future, Zeitgeist). Read morePublished on July 30, 2003
The headline isn't entirely fair as the last third of the book gets pretty good. Sadly most of the book just drags along with characters that you don't like, political philosophies... Read morePublished on August 23, 2002 by Tim Lieder