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Open Source (Enhancement Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 12, 2016
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About the Author
By day, Anna L. Davis is a (mostly) mild-mannered editor for Henery Press. By night and weekend, she becomes a coffee-guzzling cyberpunk writer who feeds on biotech mayhem. Anna has a bachelor of science in biology from UT Dallas and experience in medical editing. She lives outside of Dallas with her husband, two children, and an array of pets including chickens, goats and a donkey, but no cyborgs.
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The world that Davis portrays in "Open Source" will be seen this way in the 2050s.
No cyberpunk trope is put to waste here. Fans of William Gibson or Neil Stephenson or Philip K. Dick will immediately recognize the quasi-dystopian technopolis; the biometric implants; the hero hackers and misfit madmen running in the shadows of a wealthy but oppressive civilization, exploiting the gaps of not just the laws but the social principles and protocols of their day, on a mission to find and expose the ugly truth -- and praying that, once exposed, anyone will even care.
But where Gibson might fetishize the tech itself, Davis doesn't need to. The tech in "Open Source" is near enough to present-day capabilities that it requires almost no leaps of faith to accept its believability -- which, I suppose, is Davis's point; and which, upon realizing this, drives that point home with terrifying effect.
It's not the tech itself that makes Davis's story compelling, but the personal and social ramification of existing in a world in which such tech exists. Davis paints brilliantly compelling pictures of how something like the IDChip could become not only popular but in fact *mandatory* per the public's own outcries for safety and security; how people could resist getting chipped by claims of religious exemption, academic freedom, and conscientious objection; and how such people's lives would ultimately become a losing battle on the margins of society as the world around them -- ironically consisting of people bedecked with implants and augmentations -- slowly consider these outliers to be less and less human.
The acclaimed sci-fi author David Brin, in a lecture titled "Probing Through Quicksand", once described science fiction as a storytelling genre of unique value to humankind, because sci-fi alone allows us to inoculate ourselves against "future shock", the dissonance between technological capabilities and society's readiness to accept those capabilities. It is only thanks to science fiction that difficult questions about technologies can be asked, explored, and sometimes even answered *while* or even *before* that technology emerges. And with that in mind, what Davis has written here is science fiction in its absolutely finest form.
Fast paced, with interesting characters.
Where else can you get voodoo mythology and hack able bioware?
I think it would make a good movie or RPG adventure.
Looking forward to the other books
I thought this was an excellent read and look forward to her next books.
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