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DAEMON Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Daemon is not so much about the modern world as it is about human nature, take to its logical extreme by the continuous acceleration of technological development. Across author Daniel Suarez’s diverse cast, the world is reshaped by an adversary that as the characters behold it, seems almost primordial, almost biblical, appealing to man’s baser nature by threatening families or alleviating prison sentences. Our best qualities are the only bastion we have against an all-out assault by a pernicious, insidious global force, and each side’s champions line up to do battle for fate of our society.
This Old-Testament spin on the marvels of twenty-first century life dissects how greed, lust, and apathy to the suffering of others (on a scale unimaginable even one generation ago) centralized power in the hands of corporations and governments that cling “parasitically” to society. Those powerful entities thusly function as symbols of our worst instincts - exploiting third-world countries for their resource wealth, bewitching gullible masses with bite-sized lies, and building weapons for a definitively evil entity for material benefit. Suarez paints a grim picture of our current society, but overlays hopeful tracts where figures in law enforcement, government, and even the private sector come together to fight this powerful demon-of-our-own-making.
Other stories of a similar vein and recently read (not including many more):
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears
and very much recommended: Nexus
Resistance is futile. That theme pretty much plays through on every current AI story--at least at the beginning and in the transition. Then either another revolution occurs or a synergistic state evolves. In short, this whole theme is very intriguing in the world of sci-fi, and if you are a reader who has not spent much time in this theme set, you need to start somewhere. Daemon is a great start to that adventure.
Daemon presents us with a dead game maker leaving an AI legacy that is looking for the some kind of revolution at any cost. The objective of that revolution is not totally clear even at the end, but is certainly much clearer in the last 10 pages or so. The structure of using a game as a model for the AI comes out early in the story, and is fundamental to fun of reading it - especially if you do play video games.
Daemon is also the first book which also includes "Freedom" as the second installment. Be prepared to buy Freedom pretty quickly, as Daemon took only a couple of days of sporadic but concentrated reading to complete, and you will absolutely want to keep reading! Suarez wisely employs the well read Crichton method of story telling--start developing a mystery with multiple stories converging to a crescendo of action and satisfying ending with a hook to the next installment. It is a page turner, well written, and fun.
The continuing exploration of AI effects on the economy and society is the central reason to read this type of sci-fi. The transformation that takes place in so many of these stories is revolutionary and evolutionary. Who controls that revolution and evolution is the underlying theme that provides much more room for thought.