Counting Heads, Volume 1

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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 intelligence) 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, if she, herself, 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. It's the debut of the year in SF.

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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  - Tim P - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book in the weirdest way. The characters, and the richly detailed SF future they inhabit, are fascinating. The central plot about rescuing Ellen's disembodied head, though, was ... Read full review

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

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PART 1 We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy
PART 2 The Day the Canopy Fell
PART 3 Working for a Living

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About the author (2005)

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

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