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A Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author joins Ace with a stunning new science fiction epic.

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality she perceives the landscape of the World Wide Web-where she makes contact with a mysterious consciousness existing only in cyberspace.
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The 13th Science Fiction MEGAPACK® continues the bestselling anthology series, presenting modern and classic works of speculative fiction. This edition features an interview with author Robert J. Sawyer plus 26 great stories! Included are:

SARGASSO OF LOST STARSHIPS, by Poul Anderson
THE DAY IS DONE, by Lester del Rey
X MARKS THE PEDWALK, by Fritz Leiber
RAFT, by Larry Tritten
SPACEMAN ON A SPREE, by Mack Reynolds
THE MASKED WORLD, by Jack Williamson
THE GOD-PLLLNK, by Jerome Bixby
A GUEST OF GANYMEDE, by C. C. MacApp
WALLFLOWER, by Thomas A. Easton
THE GIRL IN HIS MIND, by Robert F. Young
TO SAVE EARTH, by Edward W. Ludwig
THE HERMIT OF MARS, by Stephen Bartholomew
A MATTER OF MONSTERS, by Manly Banister
WHEN YOU GIFFLE..., by L.J. Stecher
THE NIGHT OF THE TROLLS, by Keith Laumer
DANGLING CONVERSATIONS, by Edward M. Lerner
GUARDSMEN, FED TO TIGERS, by A.R. Morlan
THE FOREVER FOREST, by Rhys Hughes
DISCOVERY TIME, by Frank Belknap Long
A HITCH IN SPACE, by Fritz Leiber
TO THIS THEIR LATE ESCAPE, by Jay Lake
STEAK TARTARE AND THE CATS OF GARI BABAKIN STATION, by Mary A. Turzillo
VITAL INGREDIENT, by Charles V. De Vet
JAMES P. CROW, by Philip K. Dick
COMMON DENOMINATOR, by John D. MacDonald
HUMAN SPIRIT, BEETLE SPIRIT, by John Gregory Betancourt

If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see more of the 300+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Apr 7, 2009
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781101028971
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Technological
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Four time Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge has taken readers to the depths of space and into the far future in his bestselling novels A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. Now, he has written a science-fiction thriller set in a place and time as exciting and strange as any far-future world: San Diego, California, 2025.

Robert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer's patient. The world that he remembers was much as we know it today. Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it. He was a world-renowned poet. Now he is seventy-five years old, though by a medical miracle he looks much younger, and he's starting over, for the first time unsure of his poetic gifts. Living with his son's family, he has no choice but to learn how to cope with a new information age in which the virtual and the real are a seamless continuum, layers of reality built on digital views seen by a single person or millions, depending on your choice. But the consensus reality of the digital world is available only if, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you know how to wear your wireless access—through nodes designed into smart clothes—and to see the digital context—through smart contact lenses.

With knowledge comes risk. When Robert begins to re-train at Fairmont High, learning with other older people what is second nature to Miri and other teens at school, he unwittingly becomes part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to use technology as a tool for world domination.

In a world where every computer chip has Homeland Security built-in, this conspiracy is something that baffles even the most sophisticated security analysts, including Robert's son and daughter-in law, two top people in the U.S. military. And even Miri, in her attempts to protect her grandfather, may be entangled in the plot.

As Robert becomes more deeply involved in conspiracy, he is shocked to learn of a radical change planned for the UCSD Geisel Library; all the books there, and worldwide, would cease to physically exist. He and his fellow re-trainees feel compelled to join protests against the change. With forces around the world converging on San Diego, both the conspiracy and the protest climax in a spectacular moment as unique and satisfying as it is unexpected. This is science fiction at its very best, by a master storyteller at his peak.


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