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Getting to Know You: Stories Paperback – December 30, 2008
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–The New York Times Book Review
“Marusek is one of the best-kept secrets of science fiction, a wild talent with a Gibson-grade imagination and marvelous prose, and a keen sense of human drama that makes it all go.”
“David Marusek, showing a potentially volatile synergy of technology and human foibles, is a writer who gives the impression that he’s been to the future, seen it work, and has come back to tell us all about it.”
“Superb . . . Marusek’s ‘shiny ideas’ sparkle.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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The Wedding Album and A Boy in Cathyland tell the story of how our society goes to hell and the war that ensues after AI in all its various forms is emancipated. What is left in the dust is a society that summarily executes owners of high-tech merely for owning it, and encourages and rewards individuals who grow extra brain tissue and keep it in various appendages so that people on their own are capable of processing large amounts of information without machines. We Were Out of our Minds with Joy tells the story of two lovers in a thoroughly transformed society who are granted an extremely rare license to have a child. That story is absolutely beautiful in every detail, but ends on a very bitter note when fate and computer error throw the couple a curve ball that nobody ever saw coming. On its own its one of the best dystopian pieces I have ever read, in any form.Read more ›
I used to be very excited to be living at the threshold of "The Future." However, Marusek makes me very afraid of this reality. And it strikes me as more compellingly believable a future reality than that painted by Gibson or Stephenson.
I can't recommend Getting to Know You, as well as Marusek's two novels, more highly.
"Getting to Know You" is really two anthologies in one; half the stories here take place in the "Boutique Economy" of "Counting Heads", and serve as a kind of preamble for that novel. The other stories run the gamut, and are for the most part only loosely tied into science fiction. They are a mixed bag, showcases of cynicism and mordant humor. The best is "The Earth is on the Mend", an astonishingly tense chase packed into just four pages. Also memorable is "Listen to Me", in its chilling portrait of a man addicted to rage. You may want to take Marusek's advice and skip the nauseating "VTV", though even this tale has something to offer in its withering critique of an America obsessed with blood and ratings.
The best stories by far are those dealing with the future world fleshed out in "Counting Heads". They are classic Marusek, with protagonists who are blind or enslaved to truths unrevealed until it's too late. "We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy" is a magnificent novella of romance; it's a director's cut of sorts, clearly longer and more detailed than the first part of "Counting Heads". "Cabbages and Kale, or: How We Downsized America" is the dark horse of the set, a devilishly complex story about a politician forced to make an incalculable moral decision.Read more ›
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this book is a nice bit of science fiction and will be cause for some concentrated thinking of the future. i do endorse a read.Published on July 19, 2010 by Akira Touya
Fans of Marusek's novels like Counting Heads and Mind over Ship will find chunks of them here in the
stories/novellas that led to them. Read more
Matinee grand opening for a star! When you step into one of David Marusek's short stories, you are transported to another world where the super future tech is normal, and the... Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by Marie Waddell