By Vernor Vinge
Four time Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge has taken readers to the depths of area and into the a ways destiny in his bestselling novels A hearth Upon the Deep and A Deepness within the Sky. Now, he has written a science-fiction mystery set in a spot and time as fascinating and weird as any far-future international: San Diego, California, 2025.
Robert Gu is a recuperating Alzheimer's sufferer. the area that he recollects used to be a lot as we all know it this day. Now, as he regains his schools via a treatment built through 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 previous, notwithstanding by means of a clinical miracle he appears to be like a lot more youthful, and he is beginning over, for the 1st time uncertain of his poetic presents. dwelling together with his son's relatives, he has no selection yet to profit the way to take care of a brand new info age during which the digital and the genuine are a unbroken continuum, layers of truth outfitted on electronic perspectives visible by way of a unmarried individual or hundreds of thousands, looking on your selection. however the consensus fact of the electronic global is offered provided that, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you know the way to put on your instant access―through nodes designed into smart clothes―and to determine the electronic context―through smart touch lenses.
With wisdom comes chance. 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 expertise as a device for international domination.
In an international the place each computing device chip has place of origin defense integrated, this conspiracy is anything that baffles even the main refined safety 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, should be entangled within the plot.
As Robert turns into extra deeply focused on conspiracy, he's stunned to profit of an intensive swap deliberate for the UCSD Geisel Library; the entire books there, and all over the world, could stop to bodily exist. He and his fellow re-trainees believe pressured to hitch protests opposed to the switch. With forces all over the world converging on San Diego, either the conspiracy and the protest climax in a outstanding second as specified and enjoyable because it is unforeseen. this can be technological know-how fiction at its best possible, by means of a grasp storyteller at his peak.