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2017
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There are lots of witty moments in Klein's debut (the winner of Geek & Sundry's hard science fiction contest), but its flaws turn a potentially fun adventure into an exercise in frustration. In 2147, Joel Byram, who makes his living teaching AIs how to appear more human, is about to teleport off on a vacation with his estranged scientist wife, Sylvia. When a terrorist attack takes down the teleportation network, Joel learns the awful truth (which experienced readers of SF will already have guessed): rather than literally transporting people, it recreates them at their destinations and then destroys their earlier selves. Thanks to a complicated series of events, Joel's previous body isn't killed, and there are now two of him running around. In spite of the predictability, this setup has potential, but there's either too much or not enough goofiness. Lengthy footnotes that are too long to be serious but not funny enough to entertain, gags such as a pet dog named Peeve, and excessive 20th-century pop culture references all keep the novel from committing to being a thriller, but it never feels like a romp, either. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Dubbed the _next Ready Player One ,_ by former Warner Brothers President Greg Silverman, and now in film development at Lionsgate.<br> <br> "Featuring themes similar to Blake Crouch_s Dark Matter , the dense sci-fi feel of a Michael Crichton thriller and clever Douglas Adams-like charm, the book posits an intriguing future that is both inviting and horrific." _Brian Truitt, USA TODAY <br> <br> It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We_ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport_the world_s most powerful corporation, in a world controlled by corporations.<br> <br> Joel Byram spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He_s pretty much an everyday twenty-second century guy with everyday problems_until he_s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.<br> <br> Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.
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