It’s not often that I recommend a book you can’t get yet. Â But I really think you want to pre-order Nexus by Ramez Naam. Â I have read it, and I got to blurb it.
I also have a story about it. Â I had met Ramez at a series of futurist lunches hosted by futurist mentor, Glen Hiemstra, from Futurist.com.Â I liked Ramez well enough; he was as interesting as the rest of the crowd, all of whom were in fact interesting. Â Fast forward a few months. Â Ramez reaches out to me and wants to talk about marketing a fiction book. Â I agree to meet with him and chat about this. To put this in context, once you are a published writer, half of the people you know reveal that they, too, yearn to become published writers. Â Your best friends suddenly and nervously chatter about the novel in their hearts, the one that they have been trying to write for twenty years. Â Strangers at work confess they are in a writing group while you’re waiting for a budget meeting to start. Â Still, I remember that Ramez is smart and decide he will be a good dinner companion and he has tech cred (look him up if you are curious. Â But use Bing to do it).
So we meet. Â He asks about marketing. Â I tell him what I know (at least part of which that there is no clear path to publication right now – there a lot of walls to throw spaghetti at). Â He has his manuscript with him. Â It’s an 8.5 * 11 piled of double-sided paper that’s perfect-bound the way you would bind a tech proposal. Â I agree to look at it, a bit reluctantly, but he’s been nice and I’ll see him again at Futurist lunches. Â This is all in the middle of a convention if I remember right – maybe Norwescon. I return to my hotel room and open up Nexus and read a few pages and jot a few notes on style and some ideas for what to study next.
The next thing I knew, I was done with the book.
Nexus is a brilliant SF thriller written by a man who understands the tech world, who has researched neuroscience, and who can actually tell a damned good story with thriller pacing. The book actually reminded me of Michael Chricton at his best – maybe in the Andromeda Strain days. Â And this is a first novel.
You should really go pre-order it now.