The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow audiobook

The Rapture of the Nerds

By Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
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Welcome to the fracturedfuture, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population ofroughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot.Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker cladesthat fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick itobscures the sun. The splinterymetaconsciousness of the solar system has largely sworn off its pre-post-humancousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander … and when that happens, itcasually spams Earth’s networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptivetechnologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. Asane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there’s alwayssomeone who’ll take a bite from the forbidden apple. So until the overmindsbore of stirring Earth’s anthill, there’s Tech Jury Service: random humans,selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions andruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropicWelshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best toperform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and acouple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors. The Rapture of the Nerds is a brilliant collaboration by Cory Doctorow andCharles Stross, two of the defining personalities of post-cyberpunk sciencefiction.

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Summary

Summary

Welcome to the fracturedfuture, at the dusk of the twenty-first century.

Earth has a population ofroughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot.Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker cladesthat fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick itobscures the sun.

The splinterymetaconsciousness of the solar system has largely sworn off its pre-post-humancousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander … and when that happens, itcasually spams Earth’s networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptivetechnologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. Asane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there’s alwayssomeone who’ll take a bite from the forbidden apple.

So until the overmindsbore of stirring Earth’s anthill, there’s Tech Jury Service: random humans,selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions andruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropicWelshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best toperform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and acouple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors.

The Rapture of the Nerds is a brilliant collaboration by Cory Doctorow andCharles Stross, two of the defining personalities of post-cyberpunk sciencefiction.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mind-bendingly entertaining…The novel is a surefire hit for genre fans. Fans of Adam Roberts’ elegant, intellectually challenging SF will also be on firm ground here.” Booklist (starred review)
“Doctorow and Stross take a comic tour of a post-Singularity solar system where posthumans dump digital junk on the ‘pre-posthumans’ who cling to terrestrial life…Moving at light speed with a light touch, the novel mixes up a frothy cocktail of technological speculation and a wide variety of geeky in-jokes.” Publishers Weekly
“This collaboration between two renowned sf authors exemplifies what is best in post-cyberpunk fiction, in all of its barely controlled chaos…While the cultural references fly fast and furious and the doublespeak is not for the uninitiated, the creativity, hilarity, and sheer verve of the comic conundrums will win over the staunchest technophobe.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Get Your Nerd On

This book is over-the-top with the geekiness and nerdiness and the diction is ridiculously and unnecessarily lofty. The average listener will want to be sure to have a dictionary at their disposal. The book was also ludicrous in much the same way as the second and third installments of The Matrix movies. Doctorow and Stross plop us right into a world that is difficult to visualize until partway through the book. It’s better suited for a visual medium, like TV. Overall, it requires too much of the listener upon the first listen.

The book reads like some wish-washy exploration of whether we should check our acceptance or rejection of emerging and existing technologies, and to examine why we feel the way we do about them. The voicing for Huw was pretty perplexing and his cadence not at all enjoyable for me, although I can see the appeal for many Anglophiles. The best part of this book is all the geeky and nerdy references and allusions to technologies, ideologies, and sci-fi pop culture.

Author

Author Bio: Cory Doctorow

Author Bio: Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and author science fiction and nonfiction. His writing has won numerous awards, including three Locus Awards, two John W. Campbell Awards, three Prometheus Awards, two Sunburst Awards, the White Pine Award, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, among others. He has served as Canadian regional director of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is coeditor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others.

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Author Bio: Charles Stross

Author Bio: Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels, including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn’s Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 9.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English