- Series: The Seizure Trilogy (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857664751
- ISBN-13: 978-0857664754
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Matthew De Abaitua's novel The Red Men was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award and adapted into a short film ‘Dr Easy’ by Shynola and produced by Film4/Warp Films. His science fiction novels IF THEN (Angry Robot, September 2015) and The Destructives (Angry Robot, 2016) complete the loose trilogy begun with The Red Men. His second book was a memoir and history, The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars. The Economist described it as one of the books of the year. He lectures on creative writing and science fiction at the University of Essex and lives in Hackney.
Author hometown: London, UK
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The future imagined here isn't one that is extremely similar to current society with a small twist. The emergence of AI as an emergent behavior of the internet causes widespread changes, to a point where the new world is wildly dissimilar to the old one, though still reminiscent of current day life. There's definitely parodies of current day life splattered here and there, with certain elements evolved further and studied like in a wildlife nature show. It definitely adds to the uniqueness and interesting nature of the story.
The plot itself is Asimov like. Without spoiling anything, there's definite parallels to many central themes in Asimov's works. The combination of a speculative environment with a space opera plot leads to a very interesting read.
Great sensibility with making the strangeness feel second nature. Singularity concepts thoroughly explored. I recommend.
Revision: I went back over it and I think I started to get it. It's still missing something for me, but definitely interesting. I'm boosting it from 3 to 4 stars.