Random House Publishing Group, May 31, 2005 - Fiction - 640 pages
From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise.
There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.
“Complex, entertaining, frequently funny."—Publishers Weekly
“Qualifies as the sleeper of the year, the rare kind of science-fiction thriller that evokes genuine laughter while simultaneously keeping the level of suspense cranked to the max."— San Diego Union-Tribune
“A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age.” —Seattle Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ohernaes - LibraryThing
Political near future sci-fi thriller. Media operator Cy Ogle takes political polling to a new level, using continuous tracking of people's emotions to fine-tune political messages. Add to that the ... Read full review
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You can tell it's Stephenson, as it deals with some of his main concerns, but you can also tell it's early Stephenson. Not as smooth, sleek or brainy as Snow Crash (which actually predates this book, I believe) or The Diamond Age, but a fun, thought-provoking read. Read full review