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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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

Meh. Its interesting, but I got sick of the scattered plot lines that really don't seem to go no where. I suspect it might get interesting at the end of the book, but I have better things to read than ... Read full review

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User Review  - Punchout - LibraryThing

Maybe it was me but this book felt like it was 80 percent filler and 20 percent story. If you can't get enough of holograms and people living as them then this book is for you, otherwise stay away from this one. 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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David Marusek spins his quirky tales of the future by the glow of the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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