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by Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross

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Title:The Rapture of the Nerds: A tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations
Authors:Cory Doctorow
Other authors:Charles Stross
Info:Tor Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Doctorow, Cory and Charles Stross. Rapture of the Nerds. 2012. 349 pp. $24.99. Tor Books. 978-0-76532-910-3. Ages 14 & Up.
In this post-singularity world, much of the world’s population has decided to upload their consciousness to the cloud. Huw Jones, a technophobic resident of Wales who spends his days throwing pots on earth, still choosing to be bound to his “meatsack” body, is asked to participate in Tech Jury Service and embarks on an adventure that leads him across what remains of the world, in the course of which he falls in love, swaps genders, is slaughtered by his mother and uploaded to the cloud, and must serve as an unwilling ambassador to an alien nation who is contemplating the preemptive destruction of earth. The book is heavily-tech ridden but sometimes hard-to-follow. The relationship with love interest Bonnie is particularly underdeveloped. For lovers of Sci-Fi and Doctorow’s previous work, the story will be a hit, but it may be inaccessible to those unfamiliar with higher level technological concepts. Recommended. Ages 14 & Up. ( )
  alovett | Nov 20, 2014 |
I've read two of Cory Doctorow's other books, and I normally like his writing. But I just couldn't get through this one. He and coauthor Charles Strauss do technobabble in this one the way Tom Clancy used to go overboard on the weaponry techspeak in his books. Dense, dense, dense. And I didn't really care about any of the characters, which might have pulled me through it. Disappointing. ( )
2 vote Pat_F. | Jul 25, 2014 |
Brilliantly inventive, totally original and unique, technically breathtaking and never. ever boring. Also very funny. What more could you want in a science fiction book? ( )
  EnidaV | May 14, 2014 |
It was special.

Took me forever to read. Mostly due to changing jobs and schedules, but also just because it took a lot of effort to digest. Was really expecting a Doctorow book, but it felt a lot more like stross.

I'm not really sure I processed most of it, especially really the very end.
  halkeye | Feb 6, 2014 |
This crazy, almost phantasmagorical, novel seems to have been conceived as a vehicle for the unconstrained self-indulgence of its highly intelligent authors. Many of the ultra-intriguing conceptual ingredients -- tech singularity, transhumanism, mind uploading, conversion of stellar systems into Matryoshka brains, etc -- are the same as in Stross's _Accelerando_, but the story line is very different.
1 vote fpagan | Jan 7, 2014 |
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A tale set at the end of the twenty-first century finds the planet's divided hominid population subjected to the forces of a splintery metaconsciousness that inundates networks with plans for cataclysmic technologies, prompting an unwitting jury member to participate in a grueling decision.… (more)

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