Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

In this remarkable story, a man has -- against all medical odds -- reversed the crippling and heretofore inevitable consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. But the world into which he emerges is very different from the one he remembers when his slow decline began. It is a world where the virtual merges with the real with often startling clarity -- for everyone but him. Teens thrive in this brave new world, but he must attend classes at a local high school just to learn how to cope. Among the elements carrying this book firmly into the future fiction genre is the concept of wireless nodes in your clothes that mean you’re never offline -- and, of course, the Alzheimer’s reversal scientific breakthrough.

About Rainbows Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge, former professor of mathematics and computer science, is credited for being among the first to popularize the so-called technological singularity concept. This future fiction mainstay device -- now used by many authors -- holds that at some point in time the growth of technology becomes impossible to manage. Vinge won the Hugo Award for his 1992 novel, A Fire Upon the Deep

Futurist Themes:

  • Gestalt Consciousness
  • Surveillance and Sousveillance