MANKIND GETS AN UPGRADE
“Superbly plotted. A hell of a read.” – Cory Doctorow
“Gripping near future speculation… All the grit and pace of the Bourne films.” – Alastair Reynolds, author of Revelation Space
“Mesmerizing.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Who decides what you can put in your brain? Who draws the line between human and non-human? How do we choose between liberty and security?
In a near future scarred by the mis-use of advanced technologies, government agencies and international treaties use extraordinary powers to suppress research that could lead to new horrors. In this world, the experimental and illegal nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, wirelessly connecting brain to brain. There are some who want to improve Nexus. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.
When a young and idealistic American scientist named Kade is caught improving Nexus, he’s blackmailed into spying on an eminent Chinese researcher who may or may not be weaponizing the drug – turning it into a tool for coercion and political assassination. Bit by bit, Kade is thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage – with more at stake than anyone realizes.
From the halls of academe to the halls of power; from the headquarters of an elite US agency in Washington DC to a secret lab beneath a top university in Shanghai; from the underground parties of San Francisco to the illegal biotech markets of Bangkok; from an international neuroscience conference to a remote Buddhist monastery in the mountains of Thailand – Nexus is a thrill ride through a world on the brink of explosion.
Coming December 18th 2012
“A superbly plotted high-tension technothriller … full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity … a hell of a read.” – Cory Doctorow
“Nexus is the most brilliant hard SF thriller I’ve read in years. It’s smart, it’s gripping, and it describes a chilling reality that is all-too-plausible… Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best.” – Brenda Cooper, author of The Silver Ship and the Sea and The Creative Fire
“Nexus is a gripping piece of near future speculation, riffing on the latest developments in cognition enhancement. With all the grit and pace of the Bourne films, this is a clever and confident debut by a writer expertly placed to speculate about where we’re heading. Unlike a lot of SF, this novel dares to look the future square in the eye.” Alastair Reynolds, bestselling author of Revelation Space and Blue Remembered Earth
“A rich cast of characters… the action scenes are crisp and the glimpses of future tech and society are mesmerizing.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Any old writer can take you on a roller coaster ride, but it takes a wizard like Ramez Naam to take you on the same ride while he builds the roller coaster a few feet in front of your plummeting car… you want to read it now before everyone’s talking about it.” – John Barnes, author of Mother of Storms and the Daybreak series
“A dazzlingly clever and well informed near-future extrapolation, and also an outrageously exciting and cinematic shoot ‘n punch ‘em up. A ‘smart thriller’ in all senses of that phrase. Ramez Naam really does know how to make you turn that page.” – Philip Palmer, author of Version 43
“An incredibly imaginative, action-packed intellectual romp! Ramez Naam has turned the notion of human liberty and freedom on its head by forcing the question: Technology permitting, should we be free to radically alter our physiological and mental states?” – Dani Kollin, Prometheus award winning author of The Unincorporated Man