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Alexander Jablokov returns to SF with his best book ever. Bernal Haydon-Rumi, executive assistant to a funder of eccentric projects, drops by his bosss house on the way home from a business trip. By the next morning, hes been knocked out, his wealthy socialite boss Muriel has stolen a car and vanished, and the AI designed for planetary exploration that shes been funding turns out to be odder than it should be. In figuring out whats going on, Bernal has to deal with an anti-AI activist toting a handmade electronic arsenal, a local serial killer, a drug dealer with a business problem, a cryonic therapist stalked by past mistakes—and someone who specifically wants Bernal dead.

Brain Thief is a fun, literate speculative fiction adventure, sort of New England cyberpunk noir, set a year or ten from now, somewhere between the Berkshires and Boston, and includes, at no extra charge, a 30-foot-tall fiberglass cowgirl.

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"Serial-killer murder mystery, artificial intelligence bildungsroman, a celebration of Americana diner schtick-Jablokov's return to science fiction after a decade-long absence is all of these and more. Wealthy eccentric Muriel Inglis, who finances unusual research projects, disappears while checking on a project to build an AI-driven space probe that's apparently impatient to start its journey. Her assistant Bernal tries to track her down, fearing that she may have fallen victim to a killer known as The Bowler (so named because one victim's severed head turned up in a bowling bag). Starting with a cryptic message in a cowboy boot, Bernal's attempts to find his boss include encounters with a cyberpunk wise-guy waiter who has a conspiracy theory for every occasion, a mad scientist recently dismissed from a cryobank, and an anti-AI protester who sums up the wonders of the information age thusly: 'The ability to learn the uninformed opinions of everyone in the world through round-cornered communications devices my fat fingers are too big to use.' Though the plot is a bit too complex and the text over-obsessed with technical details, Jablokov's latest is a fun read with plenty of unexpected turns and a genuinely surprising ending." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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With an array of quirky characters and a tornado of a plot that doesn't stop twisting until the last page, here is the science fiction page turner of 2010. . . . The Jablokov novel we have been waiting for!--James Patrick Kelly.

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Cyberpunk with a new twist—or several. Its really murder!

Synopsis:

Alexander Jablokov returns to SF with his best book ever. Bernal Haydon-Rumi, executive assistant to a funder of eccentric projects, drops by his bosss house on the way home from a business trip. By the next morning, hes been knocked out, his wealthy socialite boss Muriel has stolen a car and vanished, and the AI designed for planetary exploration that shes been funding turns out to be odder than it should be. In figuring out whats going on, Bernal has to deal with an anti-AI activist toting a handmade electronic arsenal, a local serial killer, a drug dealer with a business problem, a cryonic therapist stalked by past mistakes—and someone who specifically wants Bernal dead.

Brain Thief is a fun, literate speculative fiction adventure, sort of New England cyberpunk noir, set a year or ten from now, somewhere between the Berkshires and Boston, and includes, at no extra charge, a 30-foot-tall fiberglass cowgirl.

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Alexander Jablokov lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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ReadersEntertainment, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by ReadersEntertainment)
Alexander Jablokov returns to science fiction with Brain Thief, his first novel in the genre after several years. This imaginative mystery comes complete with a cast of eccentrics who in some form or fashion antagonize Bernal Haydon-Rumi, the man at the center of this strange journey and struggle for answers. When Bernal returns to his wealthy employer's home after a business excursion, simplicity unravels, and he is left with a puzzle to solve that involves his boss, a woman who spends idle time funding strange projects, and an AI device designed to explore other planets, as well as an activist, a local murderer, and a problem-riddled cryogenic specialist, among other memorable and equally complicated characters. In order to figure out what is amiss, he must stay on the trail of his employer and utilize the personal resources at his disposal: cleverness, persistence, and a strong desire to understand. What will he uncover in his search for answers, and is an executive assistant's life really supposed to be this strange? Jablokov's newest novel is compelling, bizarre and difficult to put down. It will be an ideal reading for science fiction enthusiasts and readers who enjoy creative stories that never seem to stop twisting and evolving. Brain Thief is highly recommended to readers of Jablokov's previous works as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765322005
Author:
Jablokov, Alexander
Publisher:
Tor Science Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction/Cyberpunk
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Sci Fi Essential Books
Publication Date:
20121030
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.59 x 1.255 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Serial-killer murder mystery, artificial intelligence bildungsroman, a celebration of Americana diner schtick-Jablokov's return to science fiction after a decade-long absence is all of these and more. Wealthy eccentric Muriel Inglis, who finances unusual research projects, disappears while checking on a project to build an AI-driven space probe that's apparently impatient to start its journey. Her assistant Bernal tries to track her down, fearing that she may have fallen victim to a killer known as The Bowler (so named because one victim's severed head turned up in a bowling bag). Starting with a cryptic message in a cowboy boot, Bernal's attempts to find his boss include encounters with a cyberpunk wise-guy waiter who has a conspiracy theory for every occasion, a mad scientist recently dismissed from a cryobank, and an anti-AI protester who sums up the wonders of the information age thusly: 'The ability to learn the uninformed opinions of everyone in the world through round-cornered communications devices my fat fingers are too big to use.' Though the plot is a bit too complex and the text over-obsessed with technical details, Jablokov's latest is a fun read with plenty of unexpected turns and a genuinely surprising ending." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With an array of quirky characters and a tornado of a plot that doesn't stop twisting until the last page, here is the science fiction page turner of 2010. . . . The Jablokov novel we have been waiting for!--James Patrick Kelly.
"Synopsis" by ,

Cyberpunk with a new twist—or several. Its really murder!

"Synopsis" by ,

Alexander Jablokov returns to SF with his best book ever. Bernal Haydon-Rumi, executive assistant to a funder of eccentric projects, drops by his bosss house on the way home from a business trip. By the next morning, hes been knocked out, his wealthy socialite boss Muriel has stolen a car and vanished, and the AI designed for planetary exploration that shes been funding turns out to be odder than it should be. In figuring out whats going on, Bernal has to deal with an anti-AI activist toting a handmade electronic arsenal, a local serial killer, a drug dealer with a business problem, a cryonic therapist stalked by past mistakes—and someone who specifically wants Bernal dead.

Brain Thief is a fun, literate speculative fiction adventure, sort of New England cyberpunk noir, set a year or ten from now, somewhere between the Berkshires and Boston, and includes, at no extra charge, a 30-foot-tall fiberglass cowgirl.

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