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Slant (Paperback)

Author:  Greg Bear
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765325268
ISBN-13: 9780765325266
Sku: 213407543
Publish Date: 7/20/2010
Pages:  349
 
In the sixth decade of the 21st century, Earth has been transformed. Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves down to the cellular level. And the study of the mind has brought a revolution in human psychotherapy and artificial intelligence. It''s a sane and perfect world--almost.
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In the sixth decade of the 21st century, the world has been transformed.  Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves on the cellular level.  And the study of the mind has brought about a revolution in both human psychotherapy and artificial intelligence.||It’s a sane and perfect world.  Almost.||A man called Jack Giffey is planning to break into the Omphalos, the most secure building in all of separatist Green Idaho.  Rumor says that the Omphalos houses the not-quite-dead, the very wealthy deceased who are still alive, their brains connected directly into Thinkers, Artificial Intelligences that provide a virtual reality. Data is the great treasure of the new millenium, and Giffey plans to tap into the Omphalos datastream, to steal the knowledge gathered by the inhabitants of the Omphalos. |In the offices of Mind Design, Inc., the most advanced Artificial Intelligence in the world has had a unique experience.  She has received a request for contact from a new AI, one she does not know and did not help to design.  Jill has never met a stranger of her own kind before; is it an alien Thinker, or the offspring of some vast conspiracy?||Slant is set in Bear’s Queen of Angels universe, and is one of the great SF novels of the 1990s.

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The fourth volume in a loose series that began with "Queen of Angels", and continued with "Heads" and "Moving Mars". Half of the population is addicted to a new form of virtual reality and the other half suffers personality breakdowns as a result of "therapy" designed to keep them happy. Meanwhile, two super computers that have each managed to become sentient, struggle to control the destiny of a nation, and one lowly thief, who is not what he seems, begins to discover things about himself that even he didn't know.
Author Bio
Greg Bear
The son of a naval officer, Gregory Dale Bear had traveled widely around the Pacific Ocean by the time he was 12. He began writing stories very early, and by age 13, he was submitting stories to magazines. His first published story, "Destroyers", appeared in 1967. After graduating from San Diego State in 1969 with a B.A., Bear completed his first novel, which was finally published in the mid-'80s after extensive revisions. He was married in 1975, though it ended in divorce six years later. After more short-story publications, 1979's HIEGIRA became his first novel. Though a couple of earlier stories had attracted some notice from various award-nomination committees, it wasn't until 1983 that Bear's work was really noticed. That year saw the publication of "Blood Music", a complex tale of genetic engineering that won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Expanded into a full-length novel in 1985, it marked an important point in the evolution of the science fiction sub-genre of "hard science." As John Clute writes in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION: "It can be argued that the singular failure of almost all hard-sf writers to create noteworthy literature lies in their assumption that it is more difficult to understand - say - plasma physics than to understand human beings. The significance of G[reg] B[ear]'s...novels lies in the fact that his human beings are more difficult to describe than his physics." In 1983, Bear was married again, this time to Astrid Anderson, the daughter of another science fiction writer, Poul Anderson. Subsequent stories--award-winners like "Hardfaught" and "Tangents"--and Bear's next few novels, which included best sellers and award nominees such as EON, THE FORGE OF GOD, and ETERNITY, were capped by 1990's QUEEN OF ANGELS, a novel that bridged the gap between hard sf and cyberpunk. MOVING MARS (1994) and "/"--also known as SLANT--(1997) are both set in the same future as QUEEN OF ANGELS. 1998 saw the release of FOUNDATION AND CHAOS, book two in the Second Foundation series (the first is by Gregory Benford, the third by David Brin). The project expanded the universe described in Isaac Asimov's enormously influential original Foundation series. In addition to writing, Bear is an accomplished illustrator--some of his art graces the covers of his own books--and he has worked as a freelance journalist covering, among other things, the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn.

Praise

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"['Slant'] is tense and fast-paced, beautifully written with complex, engaging characters and a story line that unfolds like an origami puzzle. Bear's nanotech future is utterly plausible (whether you think nanotech itself is plausible), and rich in carefully worked detail." - Daniel Marcus 07/13/1997

New York Review of Science Fiction
"Beneath its baroque, hard-sf exterior, there is a palpable sense of sympathy for the imperfect, imperfectable majority, and for all of the commonplace victims of depression, loneliness, mental instability, and marital discord. Bear's unmistakable moral outrage at the self-serving elitism of the Aristos, and their many real world analogs, lends a potent emotional edge to the novel. At the same time, his inventiveness and attention to detail add depth and resonance to what is surely one of the more thoroughly imagined futures to arise from the field in recent years." - Bill Sheehan February 1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0349
Product attributePublisher:   Orb Books
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