A brilliant nanotech engineer designs a completely interactive book, “A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer," to educate his daughter. However, the book instead falls into the hands of streetwise though uneducated youth who gives it to his sister.
Cayce is a “cool hunter” who is obsessed with bits of strange footage which pop up at odd intervals across the Web. As she looks for patterns in the images she sees, her job and her obsession collide when a rich megalomaniac hires her to find the creator of this footage to exploit for commercial purposes.
Case was the best out there – a hacker no one could beat, until his talent was
literally fried out of his brain. Working deals in the dark computer underground, he
has been offered his skills back – for a price.
While a member of the music group Lo/Rez’s fan club goes looking into why one of the duo has decided to marry a virtual celebrity, a data specialist reveals a secret to the public and their paths unexpectedly intersect.
Taking place both in World War II and in present times, Cryptonomicon tells the story of a group of US cryptologists trying to break Axis codes, while in present times their grandchildren work together to create a new company and maybe find gold hidden since the War.
A man who can recognize “nodal points” in history, those events leading up to a
massive shift in human destiny, takes steps to make sure that people will be free to
continue making their own destiny after the upcoming nodal point occurs.
Rick Deckard prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. He's a 'blade runner' stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. Basis of the film Blade Runner.
"In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or 'sleeve') making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . ."