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It's November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The federal government is broke, cities are privately owned, the military is shaking down citizens in the streets, and Wyoming is on fire. The last place anyone expects to find an answer is the nation's capital.Washington has become a circus and no one knows that better than Oscar Valparaiso. A master political spin doctor, Oscar has been in the background for years, doing his best to put the proper spin on anything that comes up. Now he wants to do something quite unusual in politics. He wants to make a difference. But Oscar has a skeleton in his closet: a grotesque and unspeakable scandal that haunts his personal life.He has one unexpected ally: Dr. Greta Penninger. She is a gifted neurologist at the bleeding edge of the neural revolution. Together Oscar and Greta know the human mind inside and out. And they are about to use that knowledge to spread a very powerful message: that it's a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It's an idea whose time has come ... again. And once again so have its enemies: every technofanatic, government goon, and reactionary laptop assassin in America.Like all revolutionaries, Oscar and Greta might not survive to change the world, but they're determined to put a new spin on it.show more

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  • Paperback | 439 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 40.64mm | 703.06g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553104845
  • 9780553104844

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Praise for the novels of Bruce Sterling: Holy Fire: "A haunting and lyrical triumph." --Time "Holy Fire is a book made entirely of big ideas....an intellectual feat, it is also a treat for the spirit and the senses." --Wired "A patented Sterling extra-special." --Newsday Heavy Weather: "A remarkable and individual sharpness of vision...Sterling hacks the future, and an elegant hack it is." --Locus "So believable are the speculations that...one becomes convinced that the world must and will develop into what Sterling has predicted." --Science Fiction Ageshow more

About Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling is the author of the nonfiction book The Hacker Crackdown, as well as the novels Holy Fire, Heavy Weather, Schismatrix, and Islands in the Net.  With William Gibson he co-authored the acclaimed novel The Difference Engine.  He also writes popular science and travel journalism.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas.  show more

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