The Rapture of the Nerds

Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2015
9 hours 38 minutes
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. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick 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 wander … and 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.

The Rapture of the Nerds is a brilliant collaboration by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, two of the defining personalities of post-cyberpunk science fiction.
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Paul C.

love it. transhumanism

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Be B

In summary, this is the story of an angry Welsh bloke with unresolved body image and parental issues on a galactic scale, but few stories stretch the imagination so far. This story is rich with imagination, starting at a concept point in the future that few imaginations reach and then moving forward to expand further. I love the believable concept that a much advanced version of humanity could retain so many of our current faults and I've found my mind returning to thought of this book ever since I listened to it. I wouldn't quite place it in my top sci-fi reads list, it is a touch to 'odd' to fit there for me but I'd still certainly recommend it and the narrator did a fine job too.

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Mikell Yamada

Slightly beyond my entertainment threshold, but worth one listen (not two, though).

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