Winner of the 2014 Prometheus Award!
Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award
Shortlisted for the Endeavour Award
Shortlisted for the Kitschies Award
“The only serious successor to Michael Chrichton.” - Scott Harrison
“A superbly plotted high tension technothriller… full of delicious moral ambiguity… a hell of a read.” - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing more ->
“Gripping near future speculation… All the grit and pace of the Bourne films.” - Alastair Reynolds
“A sharp, chilling look at our likely future.” - Charles Stross
“A lightning bolt of a novel. A sense of awe missing from a lot of current fiction.” - Ars Technica more ->
“Mesmerizing” - Publisher’s Weekly
“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.” - SFX Magazine
Nexus: Mankind Gets an Upgrade
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 Nexus – 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 an exploration of the next step in human evolution, a scathing critique of the US War on Drugs and War on Terror, and a thrill ride through a world on the brink of explosion.
More Praise for Nexus
“A rich cast of characters… The action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing.” - Publisher’s Weekly
“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
“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
“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
“From the very first page, Nexus grabs you roughly by the scruff of the neck and screams right into your face… One of the most intensely compelling and original debut novels I’ve read in a very, very long time. His breathtaking expertise and confidence as a writer makes Naam the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.” – Scott Harrison, author of Archangel
“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