The Rapture of the Nerds

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2015

Duration: 9 hours 38 minutes

Summary:

Welcome to the fracturedfuture, at the dusk of the twenty-first century.
Earth has a population ofroughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot.Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker cladesthat fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick itobscures the sun.
The splinterymetaconsciousness of the solar system has largely sworn off its pre-post-humancousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander ... and when that happens, itcasually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptivetechnologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. Asane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's alwayssomeone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple.
So until the overmindsbore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans,selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions andruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropicWelshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best toperform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and acouple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors.
The Rapture of the Nerds is a brilliant collaboration by Cory Doctorow andCharles Stross, two of the defining personalities of post-cyberpunk sciencefiction.

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  • Be B

    In summary, this is the story of an angry Welsh bloke with unresolved body image and parental issues on a galactic scale, but few stories stretch the imagination so far. This story is rich with imagination, starting at a concept point in the future that few imaginations reach and then moving forward to expand further. I love the believable concept that a much advanced version of humanity could retain so many of our current faults and I've found my mind returning to thought of this book ever since I listened to it. I wouldn't quite place it in my top sci-fi reads list, it is a touch to 'odd' to fit there for me but I'd still certainly recommend it and the narrator did a fine job too.

  • Mikell Yamada

    Slightly beyond my entertainment threshold, but worth one listen (not two, though).

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