Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Sophisticated speculation
Annotation:Hugo Award winner Vinge pens a sci-fi thriller set in San Diego, California, in the year 2025. As world-famous poet Robert Gu regains his faculties from Alzheimer's through a cure developed during the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed--and so has his place in it.
Annotation:Journeying to the central United States city of Bellona, where all have fled save madmen and criminals, a poet and adventurer known only as the Kid wonders at the strange portents that appear in the city's cloud-covered sky.
Annotation:Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe.
Annotation:Manhattan has a tiger on the loose, newspapers are published in "war free" editions and a man named Perkus Tooth retypes the New Yorker so that he can be free of the hegemony of its font. Yet within this alternate universe are people trying to find meaning and love.
Annotation:Managing utilities on a future asteroid colony, bureaucrat-engineer Jane discovers that a water crisis may have been orchestrated by the Martian mafia and that the colony is also being threatened by a rogue artificial intelligence and a transhumanist cult.
Annotation:Sharing nothing in common except links to an organization committed to protecting the world from itself, an assembly of dubious characters including a torturer, a reluctant assassin, and an amnesiac patient confront challenges beyond their imagining.
Annotation:Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan.
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