Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

By Daryl Gregory

It starts off in Toronto, within the years after the shrewdpermanent drug revolution. Any highschool scholar with a chemjet and net connection can obtain recipes and print medicines, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old highway lady reveals God via a brand new brain-altering drug referred to as Numinous, used as a sacrament through a brand new Church that preys at the underclass. yet she is arrested and placed into detention, and with no the drug, commits suicide.

Lyda Rose, one other sufferer in that detention facility, has a depressing mystery: she was once one of many unique scientists who built the drug. With assistance from an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced health care provider, Lyda units out to discover the opposite 3 survivors of the 5 who made the Numinous in a quest to set issues right.

A mind-bending and violent chase throughout Canada and the USA, Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a fabulous mixture of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Philip okay. Dick’s Ubik, and maybe somewhat Peter Watts’s Starfish: a final likelihood to save lots of civilization, or die making an attempt.

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He is wittering gruffly in triumph and ushering me quickly ashore and away and I alight, as slowly as if onto coals, picking my way through the rubbish and the broken glass. He is happy with the stones I have given him. I am in Smog Bend, he tells me, and I make myself look away as he points my direction so he will not know I am lost, that I am new in the city, that I am afraid of these dark and threatening edifices of which I cannot kick free, that I am nauseous with claustrophobia and foreboding.

It brought home to him, again, how much mainstream science was bunk, how much “analysis” was just description—often bad description—hiding behind obfuscatory rubbish. His favourite example of the genre came from Benchamburg’s Hydrophysiconometricia, a hugely respected textbook. He had howled when he read it, copied it out carefully and pinned it to his wall. The vodyanoi, by means of what is called their watercræft, are able to manipulate the plasticity and sustain the surface tension of water such that a quantity will hold any shape the manipulator might give it for a short time.

She could orient herself by the Ribs. She looked up and found them above her, shoving vastly into the sky. Only one side of the cage was visible, the bleached and blistered curves poised like a bone wave about to break over the buildings to the east. Lin made her way for them. The streets opened out around her and she found herself before another abandoned-looking lot, but larger than the others by a huge factor. It did not look like a square but a massive unfinished hole in the city. The buildings at its edge did not show their faces but their backs and their sides, as if they had been promised neighbours with elegant façades that had never arrived.

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