Critics compared this debut SF novel to works by Charles Stross, Rudy Rucker, John Wright, and even Philip K. Dick. Marusek examines present-day trends in technical and scientific advances, projects the social, biological, economic, and political consequences of such progress- and runs with it. Yet, although the author “is unstintingly generous in his speculations,” notes SciFi.com, he is also “convincingly realistic.” Inventive set pieces, complex and cliché-free characters with ordinary aspirations, and blurred lines between “real” and “artificial” thrilled all reviewers.
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