The Rapture of the Nerds : A Tale of Singularity, Poshumanity, and Awkward Social Situations Paperback
Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the 21st century.
Earth has a population of roughly a billion, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well.
Young Huw, technophobic, misanthropic, has been selected for Tech Jury Service, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and some truly awful moments on bathroom floors.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 12/04/2013
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781781167441
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Review by clfisha
Tech Jury Service: a place where normal people access the potentially disastrous technologies the post-humans of the metaconsciousness spew out. Those humans that didn't emigrate after the singularity that is.<i>"Giant letters march across the dome of the sky: HOME NOT FOUND. Huw, who knows Comic Sans when she sees it, winces in mild disgust.” </i>It’s a problem when the humour in a book doesn't match your own, doesn't make it a bad book just an unlikable one and makes reviewing almost impossible. I do have to say I wonder what I missed, I have a certain level of technical understanding but who knows? I can say I thought that it had a certain aimlessness in the plot, some overly done stereotypes (American religious fundamentalists anyone?), no characters to hook you in (girl who is good at everything and lusts after the hero, hero follows Luddite 'everyman' shtick) and ideas which whilst fun and interesting were not mind blowing. Although these things are probably intentional if you don't find sending up a stereotype funny it’s just a stereotype.It's a shame but to be honest it’s just not a book for me and I have no idea if it would be a book for you. I did however like this one line:<i>"These days, tales of what Facebook did with its users during the singularity are commonly used to scare naughty children in Wales.” </i>I need a short story about that.