By Charles Stross
The Singularity. it's the period of the posthuman. man made intelligences have passed the boundaries of human mind. Biotechnological beings have rendered humans all yet extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. touch with extraterrestrial existence grows extra impending with each one new day.
Struggling to outlive and thrive during this speeded up global are 3 generations of the Macx extended family: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification know-how whose brain is split among his actual setting and the net; his daughter, Amber, at the run from her domineering mom, looking her fortune within the outer approach as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber's son, who reveals his future associated with the destiny of all of humanity.
For whatever is systematically dismantling the 9 planets of the sun process. whatever past human comprehension. whatever that has little need for organic existence in any form...
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