Counting Heads, Volume 1

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Macmillan, Oct 16, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
71 Reviews
Counting Heads is David Marusek's extraordinary launch as an SF novelist: The year is 2134, and the Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Life extension therapies have increased the human lifespan by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligences) and robots do most of society's work. The Boutique Economy has made redundant ninety-nine percent of the world's fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away.  Eleanor K. Starke, one of the world's leading citizens is assassinated, and her daughter, Ellen, is mortally wounded. Only Ellen, the heir to her mother's financial empire, is capable of saving Earth from complete domination plotted by the cynical, selfish, immortal rich, that is if she survives. Her cryonically frozen head is in the hands of her family's enemies. A ragtag ensemble of unlikely heroes join forces to rescue Ellen's head, all for their own purposes.
Counting Heads arrives as a science fiction novel like a bolt of electricity, galvanizing readers with an entirely new vision of the future.
  

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Really good story telling. - Goodreads
Tiny type was hard to read. - Goodreads
Dense sifi - plotline hard to follow - Goodreads
The second flaw is the paper thin plot. - Goodreads
Then the ending, I will not even call it an ending. - Goodreads

Review: Counting Heads (Counting Heads #1)

User Review  - Scott Holstad - Goodreads

This book was crazy! I mean seriously crazy! I've read 26 Philip K Dick books, William Gibson, A Clockwork Orange, Vonnegut, Kafka and many more, but this was the nuttiest book I've ever tackled. And ... Read full review

Review: Counting Heads (Counting Heads #1)

User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

Marusek's debut science fiction novel is well-written, engaging, clever, funny, gripping, complex, and full of interesting ideas. It also has some unresolved plot threads, so I'm eager to read the sequel Mind Over Ship." Read full review

Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
40
Section 3
44
Section 4
49
Section 5
62
Section 6
65
Section 7
70
Section 8
71
Section 25
173
Section 26
180
Section 27
183
Section 28
186
Section 29
196
Section 30
203
Section 31
211
Section 32
216

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
85
Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
128
Section 17
136
Section 18
142
Section 19
147
Section 20
152
Section 21
156
Section 22
160
Section 23
165
Section 24
168
Section 33
223
Section 34
227
Section 35
235
Section 36
240
Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
251
Section 40
253
Section 41
262
Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
299
Section 46
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About the author (2007)

David Marusek spins his quirky tales of the future by the glow of the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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