From Scottish author Ken MacLeod -- renowned for highly politicized science fiction novels like The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division, and The Sky Road -- comes Newton's Wake,
a self-proclaimed space opera about humanity's struggle to survive in
the aftermath of a war against artificially intelligent post-humans.
After the events of the Hard Rapture, a catastrophic conflict ignited
by the sudden evolution of Earth's artificial intelligences into
transcendent post-humans, millions of humans were brutally butchered by
the post-humans' war machines. Some space-faring humans returned to
Earth to heroically fight the war machines while others escaped to
distant stars to try and start over again. Then, the ultimately
triumphant post-humans inexplicably disappeared and left the remnants
of humanity to their own devices.
Now, centuries later, Lucinda Carlyle -- an untested leader in a family
of galactic entrepreneurs (a.k.a. crooks) who have taken control of a
chain of invaluable wormholes left behind by the post-humans --
stumbles across a gate that leads to a remote planet (Eurydice)
inhabited by a colony of isolated humans living in a "closed
cornucopian" society. On the planet's surface is a mountainous
post-human relic that could mean a fortune for the Carlyles if its
secrets can be accessed. But first they must fight off the Eurydician
government, competing politically divergent colonies -- and an army of
newly manufactured post-human war machines!
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