Live from PAX West, a book review!
There’s something to the notion of a time war, isn’t there? One faction wants This, another faction wants That, and time is the battlefield. There’s also something futile to the notion, but that’s another book (All of an Instant by Richard Garfinkle [out of print]). This book is about two factions, one biological, one computational, duking it out. Except it’s REALLY about one agent from each side and how they start corresponding… changing… learning… because there are always outliers, right? And so they correspond across time, in the rings of trees and sumac leaves, tea and bones, and what starts as a challenge and gloating evolves.
It’s a poetic, sweet, scary, fascinatingly imaginative read. It’s been a balm across the chaos of the con and, dammit, I want to read it TO someone and soon!
–Chris Blakeley, Seattle, WA
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