Sunday, December 20, 2009

Book Recommendation - Daemon - Daniel Suarez

So often when reading books described as "science fiction" or "techno-thriller", the problem is the science is bad, and the technology is worse.

I have no problem with postulating some suspension of the known laws of the universe, but if an authour is going to incorporate current technology into a novel, he should pay attention to detail and get it right. 

Having an accurate description of "what is" sets the groundwork and provides the credibility for whatever stretch of the reader's imagination the authour is going to attempt with his story.

I am happy to say that Daniel Suarez has done just that with his first novel, Daemon.  As a real life computing professional, he gets the details right, and then accelerates the pace and takes a direction that is both plausible and disturbing.

I was therefore pleased to see that his second novel is about to be published just after the New Year.  

If you have any interest in the societal implications of pervasive computing and the intersection of automation with a generation raised on gaming, you need to read this book.

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