In a near f*ture world, nations have crumbled away and been replaced by new "tribes" like the neo-victorians. The two protagonists are a nanotech engineer who builds an interactive book, and a young tribe-less girl named Nell who ends up with the book by accident.
The world Neal Stephenson describes here is just as fascinating as the fate of the protagonits. This book completely changed my opinion of the victorians.
Follow the story of Arthur Dent, last surviving earthling, as he stumbles through the galaxy in his bathrobe. Great Comedy, great science fiction. What started out as a BBC radio play in the 70ies grew into a trilogy of five books (don't ask), a tv series with really bad sfx and amazing animations, audio books, and a movie with great vfx in 2005.
If you only ever read one science fiction book, then read the Hitchhiker.
A few years in the f*ture, the protagonits alzheimer is cured, and he wakes up to the world after missing 10 or 20 years. It takes him long to accept the augmented reality everybody around him is using, and we discover this new world with him.
This novel by an ex-uni-professor discribes the f*ture of education in a world where information is instantly available and worldwide collaboration commonplace. Sound familiar? We're almost there.
If you're into computer games you will love the games the school kids in this book get to play.
Read this book to learn about the adhocracy.
In the late 21st century, advances in medicine have transformed Earth into a near paradise - after a big die-off. Those who want can live for 100 and more years. The story follows Mia Zimmermann, a 94-year-old woman who undergoes a radical new treatment that turns her into a youth again. With some unforseen consequences.
Another great science fiction book about the near f*ture that is both bizarre and realistic.
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