Synopses & Reviews
In 2050 A.D. the miraculous microscopic machines of nanotechnology have built a clean, prosperous America where disease and hunger are being eliminated. Human beings are saner and safer than they have ever been before.
But the world has become obsessed with the nature of the Self, and as some humans probe more deeply into their own internal landscapes they find that nothing in the country of the mind is simple.
"This dense and tense novel...shows that Bear is one of our very best, and most innovative, speculative writers." --New York Daily News
"Seattle's reigning master of hard-edged science fiction takes a chilling look at the plausible near-future." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Bear, who's won two Hugos and four Nebulas, should rack up nominations if not wins for this one as well." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In the sixth decade of the twenty-first century, Earth has been transformed. Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves down to the cellular level. And the study of the mind has brought a revolution in human psychotherapy and artificial intelligence.
It's a sane and perfect world. Almost.
About the Author
sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction
. Since then, he has written some twenty novels. A winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Bear is married to Astrid Anderson, and they, and their two children, live near Seattle, Washington.