Rapture of the Nerds

Doctorow, Cory

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rapture of the Nerds
A tale set at the end of the twenty-first century finds the planet's divided hominid population subjected to the forces of a splintery metaconsciousness that inundates networks with plans for cataclysmic technologies, prompting an unwitting jury member to participate in a grueling decision.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0765329107
Characteristics: 349 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stross, Charles


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Jul 08, 2013
  • ikehull rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating and hilarious read, packed to the gills with amazing ideas as well as solid characterization. Some of the ideas refine ones presented in Stross's previous works like "Accelerando" or other SF books, but are presented more entertainingly. The book moves at breakneck speed, and there's no sign of which parts were written by Doctorow and which by Stross.

Apr 09, 2013
  • scp2695 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My first reaction to collaborations like this is to look for the seams. Having read some of Stross', "Laundry" series I was familiar with his style, the relentless parade of ideas, and humorous bits. Not so with Doctorow; I have read his n.f. on the web. I abandoned the one novel of his I have picked up.No matter; the seams are barely discernible.

Enjoyed the book because of the ideas, representation of the crappy future on Earth.The rest of humanity has uploaded themselves to the inner system, sending Care packages to earth. These Care goodies have to be judged before they can be released generally, and Huw, the atavistic protagonist of the novel, is tasked with sitting on such a jury. And we're off.


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Jan 10, 2014
  • elevatorman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

elevatorman thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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