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Nexus MP3 CD – Audiobook, 6 Aug 2013

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (6 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480521426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480521421
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,178,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Good. Scary Good."
-Wired
"Provocative... A double-edged vision of the post-human."
-The Wall Street Journal
"A lightning bolt of a novel, with a sense of awe missing from a lot of current fiction." -Ars Technica
"Starred Review. Naam turns in a stellar performance in his debut SF novel... What matters here is the remarkable scope and narrative power of the story."
-Booklist
"A rich cast of characters...the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing."
- Publishers Weekly
"Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller."
-SFX Magazine
"A superbly plotted high-tension technothriller ... full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity ... a hell of a read." -Cory Doctorow
""Nexus "and "Crux "are a devastating probe into the political consequences of transhumanism; a sharp, chilling look at our likely future."
- Charles Stross, author of "Singularity Sky" and "Halting State"
"A gripping piece of near future speculation... all the grit and pace of the Bourne films." -Alastair Reynolds, " "author of "Revelation Space
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"The most brilliant hard SF thriller I've read in years. Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best." "-"Brenda Cooper, author of "The Creative Fire"
"Any old writer can take you on a roller coaster ride, but it takes a wizard like Ramez Naam to take you on the same ride while he builds the roller coaster a few feet in front of your plummeting car... you'll want to read it before everyone's talking about it."
- John Barnes, author of the "Timeline Wars" and "Daybreak" series.
"An incredibly imaginative, action-packed intellectual romp! Ramez Naam has turned the notion of human liberty and freedom on its head by forcing the question: Technology permitting, should we be free to radically alter our physiological and mental states?"
- Dani Kollin, Prometheus award winning author of "The Unincorporated Man"
"The only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today."
- Scott Harrison, author of "Archangel"
"If you are posthuman or transhuman this is an absolute must-read for you; and even mere mortals will love it."
- Philip Palmer, author of "Version 43" and "Hell Ship"
"Ramez writes excellent action sequences, incorporating his technology well, and the lives at stake are more than just cardboard cutouts. No one in this story is 'as meets the eye'"
- Timothy C. Ward
"a fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You'll be mulling over the implications of "Nexus "-- the book and the drug -- long after you put the book down."
-Analee Newitz, io9.com

An NPR Best Book of 2013
"Good. Scary good."
- Wired
"Provocative... A double-edged vision of the post-human."
- The Wall Street Journal
"A lightning bolt of a novel, with a sense of awe missing from a lot of current fiction."
- Ars Technica
"Starred Review. Naam turns in a stellar performance in his debut SF novel... What matters here is the remarkable scope and narrative power of the story."
- Booklist
"A superbly plotted high-tension technothriller ... full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity ... a hell of a read."
- Cory Doctorow
"A gripping piece of near future speculation... all the grit and pace of the Bourne films."
- Alastair Reynolds, author of Revelation Space
"A sharp, chilling look at our likely future."
- Charles Stross, author of Singularity Sky and Halting State
"The most brilliant hard SF thriller I've read in years. Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best."
- Brenda Cooper, author of The Creative Fire
"A rich cast of characters...the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing."
- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Ramez Naam is a professional technologist, and was involved in the development of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook. He holds a seat on the advisory board of the Institute for Accelerating Change, is a member of the World Future Society, a Senior Associate of the Foresight Institute, and a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
His non-fiction book More Than Human won the H.G. Wells Award.
His novels has been nominated for the Kitscie Award for Best Debut, the Prometheus Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.He is a 2014 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

From the Trade Paperback edition." --This text refers to an alternate MP3 CD edition.

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A stunning "what if" view of future human development and evolution and a morality tale about modern "security" concerns regarding the web and internet free speech issues.
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It looks like being trans-human is back in fashion (or it might just be Amazon's recommendations engine), but this is the second SF novel on the trot that I have read that covers this -- the other being Accelerando by Charles Stross. Both good, but both ultimately rather depressing. Maybe I'm just antisocial, but living forever in software, and in somebody else's head to boot (or reboot), just isn't my idea of a heavenly afterlife. And anyway, who's in charge of the servers, and the network, and restore from backup? Nobody ever tests restore from backup!Then there's the added frisson that Naam works for Microsoft and is at least partly responsible for the development of Internet Explorer. Hmmm, no mention of the "blue screen of death" here, for some reason...

The story itself is pretty good though, kind of Bourne for the Facebook generation, and while I can't (willingly) subscribe to the basic premise, and the plotlines are a bit stretched in places, it's undoubtedly a ripping yarn and one that I finished happily in only a few days. Let's just hope that this particular future is as far off as personal rocket planes for happy commuting have turned out to be.
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Nexus is about an experimental drug capable of linking human minds together. It has mixed reactions with the human population. Developers like Kaden Lane a PhD candidate in neuroscience wants to see where he can take it, while others, like the government, want to get rid of it entirely. When Kaden is caught illegally developing Nexus he suddenly becomes plunged into the life and death world of international espionage and playing for very high stakes.
Nexus provides some very credible extrapolations off what is currently possible with technology and intelligently weaves these technical details in with a very human story of betrayal, trust and the value of friendship.
Setting the story in 2040 allows enough historical time for the technology to be feasibly developed. Nexus 5 is a type of programmable nanotechnology drug into which software can be loaded and developed. As a plot device it is used to great effect, not only in very dynamic and credible action sequences where the protagonists use it in life-threatening situations, but also to demonstrate both the benefits and terrible cost it might have on the human population and that it needs to be used wisely. But the book also injects humour while making a point. A test of some seduction software that goes hilariously wrong and the hero trying to get to grips with ‘Bruce Lee’ a programme that enables the user to become an expert fighter clearly demonstrates the difficulties in the development and successful interface of new technology with human biology. The sheer inventiveness and determination of the human mind is also evident in some of the more technical sections of the story.
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We now know where the post-human weirdness so beloved of modern science fiction will begin; inevitably, a bunch of bright kids messing about customising a mind expanding nano-tech drug. The current street version (Nexus 3) gives a temporary neural network interface with other users in the vicinity; great for parties, no doubt. The authorities, just for a change, see it as dangerous and a threat to the status quo so a special unit has been created to prevent the proliferation of Nexus and its derivatives. Not surprisingly, and suitably hypocritically, the authorities are themselves enhancing the drug to turn their operatives into super-agents and for military applications. Nice.

So the scene is now set. Young Kade and his chums have developed Nexus 5 which persists in the brain and allows permanent connection to other users in the locale while the aforementioned government heavies (the ERD) try to track them down and generally bust them. What ensues is a splendidly taut sci-fi conspiracy thriller and while not multi-threaded, the narrative is by no means linear with enough well developed characters to maintain plausibility while the pace generally bowls along at a cracking rate. There is a bit of a lull in the action mid-way during the conference in Bangkok but it is necessary for the introduction of a raft of new characters & motivations and to get them into position for the blistering finale.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book. Proper speculative near-future science fiction, well written by an author who has plainly put a great deal of thought into the background science but without feeling the need to show off or bore the reader with huge info-dumps. Excellent stuff and the sequel, Crux, is now on my wish list although I’ve got to wait until April 2015.
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Bought because I am a fan of John Carmack and he recommended this series on Twitter. I could not get past the first few chapters because I found all of characters and dialog unbearable. I am sorry John, I just don't share your taste in fiction :)
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