Counting Heads, Volume 1

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Macmillan, Oct 16, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages

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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“I am not pouting, and I am certainly not indulging in self-pity, as Eleanor accuses me. In fact, I am brooding. It is what artists do, we brood. To other, more active people, we appear selfish ... Read full review

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User Review  - cloudshipsinger - LibraryThing

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

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
11
Section 3
40
Section 4
44
Section 5
49
Section 6
62
Section 7
65
Section 8
70
Section 25
168
Section 26
173
Section 27
180
Section 28
183
Section 29
186
Section 30
196
Section 31
203
Section 32
211

Section 9
71
Section 10
75
Section 11
84
Section 12
85
Section 13
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Section 14
109
Section 15
114
Section 16
123
Section 17
128
Section 18
136
Section 19
142
Section 20
147
Section 21
152
Section 22
156
Section 23
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Section 24
165
Section 33
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Section 34
223
Section 35
227
Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
246
Section 40
251
Section 41
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Section 42
262
Section 43
279
Section 44
283
Section 45
289
Section 46
299
Section 47
331
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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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