The Diamond Age
Decades into our future, a stone's throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. Commissioned by an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own daughter, the Primer's purpose is to educate and raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. It performs its function superbly. Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled copy has fallen into the wrong hands.
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Review: The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated PrimerUser Review - Maggie K - Goodreads
Dang...what a great sense of world-building! What a great variety of characters that I had great feeling for! What great concept in the idea of the primer! What a great buildup in tension! What ... Read full review