Rapture of the Nerds

Rapture of the Nerds

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765329103
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stross, Charles


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SCL_Justin Jul 24, 2017

I’d read the Appeals Court part of Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross’ The Rapture of the Nerds when it was first published and thought it was kind of meh. This version has two more stories to flesh it out into more of a book, and the last section makes the whole worth reading.

I guess the early bits about the messenger and the being called into techno-court are okay, but so much of it seems like an excuse to just toss a bunch of ideas together. They're interesting ideas, but it didn't really pull me in. I appreciated the gender-switching as Huw got incarnated differently through the story and the family relationships, but mostly the book didn’t really do it for me, until part three.

ikehull Jul 08, 2013

This is a fascinating and hilarious read, packed to the gills with amazing ideas as well as solid characterization. Some of the ideas refine ones presented in Stross's previous works like "Accelerando" or other SF books, but are presented more entertainingly. The book moves at breakneck speed, and there's no sign of which parts were written by Doctorow and which by Stross.

Apr 09, 2013

My first reaction to collaborations like this is to look for the seams. Having read some of Stross', "Laundry" series I was familiar with his style, the relentless parade of ideas, and humorous bits. Not so with Doctorow; I have read his n.f. on the web. I abandoned the one novel of his I have picked up.No matter; the seams are barely discernible.

Enjoyed the book because of the ideas, representation of the crappy future on Earth.The rest of humanity has uploaded themselves to the inner system, sending Care packages to earth. These Care goodies have to be judged before they can be released generally, and Huw, the atavistic protagonist of the novel, is tasked with sitting on such a jury. And we're off.


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