A brilliant collaboartion from Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, two defining personalities of post-cyberpunk SF-now repackaged with a new cover!
Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century.
Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun.
The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wanderand when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple.
So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors.
"There's a superhuman energy and intelligence to Makers that I haven't see since mid-period Bruce Sterling." --Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians
"If imagination is the key to success for a writer, Charles Stross has it in spades." --The Times (London)
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd May 2018
Publisher: TOR BOOKS
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.72 x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.27