By Greg Bear
In the 6th decade of the twenty first century, the realm has been reworked. Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving people the power to alter their surroundings and themselves at the mobile point. And the examine of the brain has led to a revolution in either human psychotherapy and synthetic intelligence.
It's a sane and excellent international. Almost.
A guy known as Jack Giffey is making plans to damage into the Omphalos, the main safe development in all of separatist eco-friendly Idaho. Rumor says that the Omphalos homes the not-quite-dead, the very prosperous deceased who're nonetheless alive, their brains hooked up at once into Thinkers, man made Intelligences that offer a digital fact. information is the good treasure of the hot millennium, and Giffey plans to faucet into the Omphalos datastream, to scouse borrow the information accumulated through the population of the Omphalos.
In the workplaces of brain layout, Inc., the main complex synthetic Intelligence on the earth has had a distinct event. She has got a request for touch from a brand new AI, one she doesn't recognize and didn't aid to layout. Jill hasn't ever met a stranger of her personal type ahead of; is it an alien philosopher, or the offspring of a few enormous conspiracy?
Slant is set in Bear's Queen of Angels universe, and is without doubt one of the nice technological know-how fiction novels of the 1990s.
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