A stark, thoughtful, and engrossing look at human society and its interactions with animate and inanimate objects.
From the Inside Flap
--Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award winning author of Echo
Beautiful, moving, and ambitious.
--Ann Tonsor Zeddies, Philip K. Dick Award nominee and author of the Typhon series.
In the not-too-distant future, humanity has colonized the solar system. People present themselves virtually, sometimes several layers deep, and it's often hard to tell who is real.
Battles raging in trans-Neptunian space and on Earth are broadcast for the entertainment of millions. The audience is unaware if the characters are intheflesh or virtual.
An orbiting EarthCo-owned supercomputer called the Brain becomes sentient while the tycoon who created it spins plans to take over the solar system.
A lone scientist explores an alien artifact on Neptune's moon Triton, aware that squabbles between rival corporations not only interfere with the broadcast battle, but threaten to destroy him, the artifact, and potentially all of humankind.
This is how life as we know it ends... and something new begins.