Distraction

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 17, 2011 - Fiction - 544 pages
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It's November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The government is broke, the cities are privately owned, and the military is shaking down citizens in the streets. Washington has become a circus and no one knows that better than Oscar Valparaiso. A political spin doctor, Oscar has always made things look good. Now he wants to make a difference.

But Oscar has a skeleton in his closet. His only ally: Dr. Greta Penninger, a gifted neurologist at the bleeding edge of the neural revolution. Together they're out to spread a very dangerous idea whose time has come. And so have their enemies: every technofanatic, government goon, and laptop assassin in America. Oscar and Greta might not survive to change the world, but they'll put a new spin on it.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In 2044, following the collapse of the information economy, America is run by permanent "Emergency committees": the government is so broke it can't afford to pay people in the Armed Forces, who put up ... Read full review

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User Review  - aarch235 - LibraryThing

I've read most of Bruce Sterling's books, and I think this is the best since Schismatrix. Many of his stories are about characters who find their situations in constant motion - not adventures as such ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
25
Section 2
28
Section 3
42
Section 4
46
Section 5
84
Section 6
111
Section 7
138
Section 8
141
Section 15
270
Section 16
320
Section 17
364
Section 18
379
Section 19
398
Section 20
420
Section 21
450
Section 22
470

Section 9
152
Section 10
160
Section 11
197
Section 12
231
Section 13
234
Section 14
241
Section 23
486
Section 24
487
Section 25
515
Section 26
533
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About the author (2011)

Bruce Sterling is the author of the nonfiction book The Hacker Crackdown, as well as the novels Holy Fire, Heavy Weather, Schismatrix, and Islands in the Net.  With William Gibson he co-authored the acclaimed novel The Difference Engine.  He also writes popular science and travel journalism.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas.


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