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Nexus Paperback – 1893

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (1893)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662934
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,715,819 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 the 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.

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This book is right up my street. Essentially a technothriller set in the near future where nano-based drugs have enabled people to build an OS on top of the brain and interconnect. From that setup we're sent around the world in an international espionage mission. There's a few subplots too addressing various issues centred around the military. Throughout the characters are put into difficult situations and tested to the maximum. Ramaz Naam clearly knows his science and manages to squeeze in a lot of 'could happen' extrapolations without bogging the story down too much with dull facts or explanations.

I would have given the book 4 stars, but I'm afraid I was annoyed by the editing and formatting. I'm used to a few errors in ebooks as it seems most publishers still haven't nailed the process yet, but this one had so many errors within it (I can't speak for the print), that I was frequently pulled out of the story.

For the benefit of the publishers the errors were: typos, inconsistent formatting of internal/nexus dialogue, hyphens where there shouldn't be any, and sometimes none where there should, missing words, and inconsisten italics. The hyphens were mostly a problem in the Thai names; sometimes they were there, other times they weren't (in the same name).
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What a fantastic series the Nexus Trilogy is! I bought all three in one go which is unusual for me but I figured at 99p each I was getting excellent value for my money if the story turned out to be a good read. A good read it certainly is. Not a quick read, as there is plenty to get your teeth into. The science in it is so believable. In fact, at the end of each book Mr Naam tells you about the science that influenced his trilogy and what scientists around the world have actually achieved so far. That alone is worth the 99p.

I have to say I gave this first book, Nexus, a 5 star rating, as I was hooked from the start and it kept my attention right to the end. You really care about the main characters and want to see how successful they are and where they end up.

I was so caught up in the trilogy that I went straight from book to book. I was a bit disappointed there were only three but the ending is a good one and it does the trilogy justice.

I thoroughly recommend this first book and of course the other two, Crux and Apex.
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
Nexus is an nano drug that takes the mere human and make them into a transhuman; able to interconnect with others, is far more aware and is permanently connected to the web.

Kade, the main character has just upgraded it to Nexus , and is trailing it when he is pulled in by the ERD, an American organisation charged enforcing the Copenhagen agreement and stopping these technologies becoming widely available. Three of his friends are pulled in, by an ex special ops guy escapes. As part of the plea bargain he agrees to help them spy on a Chinese researcher who has developed a similar technology. His partner in this sting operation has also taken the drug, and they are always in conflict as to whether it should be released to the public, or restricted. Other parties are looking to use his knowledge and after surviving an attempted abduction, the pace and action starts to increase until the explosive final scene.

I really enjoyed this. The technology is really cool, from the weapons that are linked to the DNA of the user, to the stealth items. I found that the technology was plausible, even though we are a few years away from realising it. The pace was fantastic, after some of the scenes I'd need to take a breath before ploughing on with the next.

Great book, will be getting the next one soon.
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