By Vernor Vinge
Four-time Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge has taken readers to the depths of area and into the a long way destiny in his bestselling novels a fireplace Upon the Deep and A Deepness within the Sky. Now, he has written a science-fiction mystery set in a spot and time as interesting and unusual as any far-future global: San Diego, California, 2025.
Robert Gu is a improving Alzheimer's sufferer. the area that he recollects was once a lot as we all know it this day. Now, as he regains his colleges via a remedy constructed throughout the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the area has replaced and so has his position in it. He used to be a world-renowned poet. Now he's seventy-five years outdated, although by way of a clinical miracle he seems a lot more youthful, and he's beginning over, for the 1st time not sure of his poetic presents. dwelling together with his son's family members, he has no selection yet to profit tips on how to deal with a brand new info age during which the digital and the genuine are a continuing continuum, layers of truth equipped on electronic perspectives obvious via a unmarried individual or hundreds of thousands, looking on your selection. however the consensus truth of the electronic global is out there provided that, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you understand how to put on your instant access--through nodes designed into clever clothes--and to determine the electronic context--through shrewdpermanent touch lenses.
With wisdom comes threat. while Robert starts off to re-train at Fairmont excessive, studying with different older humans what's moment nature to Miri and different kids in class, he unwittingly turns into a part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to exploit know-how as a device for global domination.
In an international the place each computing device chip has native land protection integrated, this conspiracy is anything that baffles even the main refined defense analysts, together with Robert's son and daughter-in legislations, most sensible humans within the U.S. army. or even Miri, in her makes an attempt to guard her grandfather, can be entangled within the plot.
As Robert turns into extra deeply eager about conspiracy, he's stunned to benefit of an intensive switch deliberate for the UCSD Geisel Library; all of the books there, and around the globe, could stop to bodily exist. He and his fellow re-trainees believe pressured to affix protests opposed to the switch. With forces worldwide converging on San Diego, either the conspiracy and the protest climax in a superb second as exact and pleasurable because it is unforeseen. this can be technological know-how fiction at its absolute best, via a grasp storyteller at his height.