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Publisher's Summary

Throughout the 21st Century, our world (at least for those of us inside the NAU) has become increasingly connected. So much so that we really are now thinking as a single fluid organism, changing not just how we live our daily lives, but who we are as a species. In Sterling Gibson's newest thoughtful exploration, one of the NAU's most renowned thinkers explores and illuminates how hyperconnectivity and The Beam have changed us forever.
©2012 Sterling & Stone (P)2014 Sterling & Stone
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5 out of 5 stars
By Erik Marshall on 07-14-14

Great SF take on Malcolm Gladwell-style journalism

This book is a faux-journalistic style book is meant as an adjunct to The Beam universe, by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt. If you don't know The Beam, this won't make much sense. If you do know The Beam, however, (and you should -- it's great), this explains a lot of things that happened pre-Beam, and gives insight on how the technology of The Beam came about, filling in holes between the (so far) two seasons of the series.

It's not just a history, though, but a thought piece on how these technologies have changed the way people think in the future. The beauty of this book is in how the fictional author extrapolates ways of thinking, living and being from the technological advances, and how, although it is SF, one can see these happening today. The best science fiction is rooted in the present, and this does not fail to shed light on our current trends of dealing with increasingly connected technology.

I am also happy to see that the author, Sterling Gibson, has begun to play a fairly pivotal role in the most recent episodes of The Beam: Season Two. Talk about hyperconnectivity!

The audio narration is fluid and easy to follow, even in some of the denser passages.I could imagine a narrator getting bogged down in the details, but that doesn't happen here. I would recommend this for anyone who has at least read the first season of The Beam, but not for anyone unversed in the universe.

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2 out of 5 stars
By mm46 on 10-26-16


As a Beam fan, I wanted to get into this book. Basically, this thing is dense like a high school history book. The narrator made me feel like I was in a 3 hour night class lecture. There is a TON of information inside but the delivery is droning and overloading. It was a grind getting through to the end. I give props to Platt and Truant for going all in on this project. Holy cow there are DEEP storylines behind the storylines. They go so deep with background information that it is easily mistaken for a true life historical account. There are things that allude to some of the characters or environments in Seasons 1 & 2. In that way, I was excited to make the connections, but was it worth it? Your mileage may very.

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