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Winner of the 2014 Prometheus Award

Mankind gets an upgrade


In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of d
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ebook, 460 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published December 16th 2012)
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Alex Ristea
Nexus is now my go-to for whenever I have to recommend near-future SF.

Imagine a computer that integrates directly with your brain. Imagine if this computer was open source and you could modify/hack/patch it as you wished. Imagine...well, let's stop there. Ramez Naam has imagined all of this, and wrote a brilliant novel to share it with us.

There's good reason it's on the John W. Campbell ballot this year, and among such top-calibre authors like Max Gladstone, Sofia Samatar, and Wesley Chu.

It's no
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Carmen
Jun 30, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Mindjacking - the ability to read another's mind and, if you want to, force them to move and speak as you wish.

Kaden Lane is a young scientific genius experimenting with Nexus 5, a new version of a popular "drug" (really a nanotechnology) that allows you to connect your consciousness with the consciousness of others. He is naïve, goodhearted, and wants this technology to be expanded and created in order to give everyone a higher consciousness. He believes this technology will make the world a be
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Frishawn Rasheed
Kade Lane has improved the Nexus technology. He is fully aware that this technology can change the world overnight. He is also becoming aware that the tech that he has created could cost him his life.
This is the first techno-thriller that I have ever come across in the New Adult drama. The main players in this book are Kade and his friends, who are effectually the next great minds in nanotech.

The thing that makes this book such an easy read is the fact that though Kade and his friends are very i
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sj
Originally posted here. 2.75/5 stars on the review rubric, rounding up.

Bluh. I feel like I shouldn't even be calling this a review, because I'm not sure it'll end up being one.

I was way into the idea of this book very early on because of that oh-so-very-intriguing tagline.

Mankind gets an upgrade

I mean...right? Yeah, that totally sounds like my kind of thing, y'know?

AND THE COVER! [swoon] Seriously, that's an amazing cover and contributed to my whole sense of "ZOMG MUST READ THIS NAO!"

The titular
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Althea Ann
If ever a book was tailor-made to be an action movie, this would be the one. It's non-stop action mixed with exotic locations, plenty of explosions, and high-tech hardware.

Kaden Lane is a promising young neuroscientist who, along with his friends, has come up with Nexus. Nexus is an illegal party drug - but it also promises (and threatens) to usher in a new posthuman era, with its capability to enhance communication between individuals.

The United States government will stop at nothing to shut do
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Ben Babcock
William Gibson once said, “The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.” I’m starting to think this is the case with the Singularity as well. By its very definition this would seem to belie the idea of a Singularity at all, but bear with me.

Singularity generally deals in two closely related concepts: artificial intelligence and posthumanism. Once we get an AI that no longer relies on humans to improve its own processing capability, we’ve hit Singularity: the AI is god and we
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

Besides being a pretty damn good book, Nexus also has the distinction of being the first cyberpunk-ish novel that I've genuinely enjoyed. There's not as much as a barrier when it comes to diving right into the story, and there's just something about the characters that kept my interest levels high from beginning to end.

Despite being a futuristic techno-thriller, certain aspects about it will feel just familiar enough to ca
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Dara
Sometimes, the best way to go into a book is to have no expectations. I had never heard of Ramez Naam before, barely knew anything about the plot of Nexus, and went into it with an open mind. I ended up loving the book and can't wait to read Crux.

Nexus is a drug that allows you to connect mind-to-mind with another person. You can experience things together, feel what the other person is feeling, and re-live the other person's memories. The implications are wide-ranging from therapists using Nexu
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
While this is Ramez Naam's first novel, he is known for his non-fiction such as More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, where he argues that one day we will view genetic modification and other advances as everyday. So it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that this is a rare novel viewing near-future technologies without the usual lens of fear and dystopia.

Instead of science being the enemy, those who would hold it back or use it for evil are the enemy. It does get a bi
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Mikel
Science fiction is filled with brain bending concepts, and is a fantastic template for looking at where humans are going, as well as how we got there. One of the joys of reading science fiction is how easily authors can use its form to spur discussion on a whole variety of interesting topics. But, like any template, it can be used effectively, or it can fall short, particularly if the balance between story and philosophy are out of whack.

Nexus, the first novel from Ramez Naam, is unfortunately o
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Ric
As a form of near-future, tech-heavy escapist SF, I thoroughly enjoyed Nexus. With his software development background, Ramez Naam infuses this with a practitioner's insight on future developments in code monkeying. Plus, he constructs an intriguing backstory of a designer drug hacked by ... what could be the cast of the Big Bang Theory (TV show). There's also quite a bit of action and cloak-and-dagger intrigue with the nerds pitted against the Emergent Risks Directorate, a convenient anti-techn ...more
Jim
No spoilers here. No need to ruin the experience of others in discovering this enjoyable nugget of entertainment!

As a published author (twice!) of non-fiction, and a still aspiring fiction writer, there is nothing wrong with this book (except for a coupla typos!). And there is a lot right.

I am an admitted scifi aficionado. As a former physicist and engineer, I blanche when I read scifi with gigantic holes in logic and inconsistencies in the world framework spun by the authors. Naam has done an e
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
This review also appears on my blogAt the End of the Story

It is just so awfully frightening when you happen to realize how closely you can link Science-Fiction and Fantasy. Just exactly how similar they are. The comprehension of this struck me when I was in the shower, taking a much-needed break from Nexus. I managed to link the following before my brain shut down in discord with this new revelation, on the basis of heresy and blasphemy:

Mind Control using Nexus:Vampiric Compulsion
Mind Read:Edwar
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Paul Cheney
Nexus is an nano drug that takes the mere human and make them into a transhuman; able to interconnect with others, is far more aware and is permanently connected to the web.

Kade, the main character has just upgraded it to Nexus , and is trailing it when he is pulled in by the ERD, an American organisation charged enforcing the Copenhagen agreement and stopping these technologies becoming widely available. Three of his friends are pulled in, by an ex special ops guy escapes. As part of the plea b
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Richard Guion
This top notch science fiction thriller deserves the highest rating! What first seems like a novel about wetware turns into a very tense thriller about what happens when Nexus (think of Android for the brain) is modified by the main protagonist, Kade. He comes up against various forces in the US government who are trying to shutdown any such "drugs" or brain enhancements. The other main character is Sam, a government operative assigned to Kade's case. Sam is not exactly human herself, augmented ...more
Scotto Moore
Insanely great fiction debut. I had the same feeling reading this for the first time that I did when I first read Stephenson's "Snow Crash" or Stross's "Accelerando" - that feeling of watching possible futures completely collapse into reality on the page. As others have noted, amidst the action thriller framework, the deep questions the book asks linger in the mind - if someone offered you Nexus at a party tomorrow, would you take it yourself?
Kate Sherrod
I think I do a pretty good job of keeping up on developments in art and science via my RSS feeds, but somehow I seem to have missed the news that Ray Kurzweil and Robert Ludlum had a bastard child together and sent him back in time to grow up as a little Egyptian boy. But, you know, I can't keep track of everything. And better late than never, on such discoveries, I say.

Fortunately for me, I'm not dependent on myself alone to stay on top of matters. I have people like Lee Harris and the rest of
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Nic Brisbourne
Nexus is a very enjoyable sci-fi adventure, but more importantly it is an investigation of the potential of the potential of mind and body altering technologies and associated ethical questions.

Ramez pictures a world in which humans have the potential to have brains as powerful as super computers with full web access and to be networked to other similarly powerful minds. He holds out that the ensuing collective consciousness might take the human condition to another level, much as speaking has r
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Dragana
In the future, Nexus is the new popular nano-drug that allows humans to temporarily connect minds & share thoughts with other current Nexus users. Kade Lane, young scientists, in his experiments radically improves Nexus. Not only he managed to make the Nexus influence/presence in human brain permanent, he also installed OS to Nexus nano-bots. So Nexus users can install addons/applications to help them in using their body (just like we now do on our phones). Don Juan app, Bruce Lee app,... (I ...more
Jon
Ramez Naam nominated for John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013).

3.5-4 stars. A bit violent but still a good read. The tech was exciting and scary, bringing up many interesting ethical dilemmas.
Bibliotropic
(Full review here: http://bibliotropic.net/2014/04/27/ne...)

Nexus is the kind of book that, once you get into it, you’ll never really be able to pull yourself out of. It’s an incredibly intelligent novel, filled with concepts that get you thinking, and it walks that fine and difficult line of combining science and morality in such a way that it doesn’t feel like you’re being drowned in either one. Between the philosophy, Naam’s incredibly engaging writing style, a diverse and realistic cast of c
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Genevieve
Feb 02, 2015 Genevieve rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want dumbed down science fiction
Recommended to Genevieve by: Picked it up on NetGalley
< ErROr: Experiencing cognitive dissonance >

Nexus is an aspiring techno-thriller written by "professional technologist," Ramez Naam. Naam has done his research on AI (his day job), has nearly twenty patents under his name, and has written widely on post-human topics, most notably More Than Human Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. So this guy knows his stuff. I expected lovely tingles in my brain where Nerd Girl lives when I cracked this book open.

So why did I cringe so much w
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Steven Stennett
loved the Buddhist angle great book the second one is out now so I am going to purchases it and start reading it as soon as I finish my current book by Asher Neal, the third in the Owner series.
Tara
I'm so torn on this. I think it's actually a 3.5 for me because there was more action and violence than I was comfortable with, and I found myself skipping some of that. However, the premise of the novel was awesome and I loved the tie-in with Buddhism and the many different factions fighting for their reasons. The battle to keep transhumans from achieving enough power to "subjugate regular humans" is something I can absolutely see fundamentalist governments initiating. An eye-opener to some new ...more
Arto Bendiken
I ended up reading this roller-coaster of a cyberpunk thriller in one sitting. It's a fantastic debut and an impressive depiction of a plausible enough near future on the fast track to a technological singularity. To introduce a noob to transhumanism, I'd prescribe Nexus followed by Accelerando and Diaspora, which should be plenty to blow anyone's mind wide open into a minor existential crisis.

Having won the Prometheus Award this previous year, it's no surprise that the themes presented in this
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Mona Temchin
Ramez Naam isn't afraid to tackle big ideas, including political ideas, such as the loss of individual freedom in the U.S. in the name of "safety". He also deals with issues of post-humanism, such as cloning and biological enhancements and their ethics and consequences. He even tackles the loss of empathy and humanity in our time and its disastrous consequences. In addition, the book showcases the dark side of the U.S.'s secret black ops and the physical and psychological violence committed by t ...more
Timothy Ward
Nexus is the most in depth I’ve read about how to utilize nanotechnology in linking minds. As an author who is exploring this futuristic technology in my own stories, it was a tremendous discovery to find someone so learned in this area. While he has a non-fiction book on this topic—one which I definitely plan to read—I really enjoyed being able to get the bullet points of how this technology works in genre fiction. While there is a lot of scientific ground to cover for a layperson to understand ...more
Jenae Ramos
Hardcore fans of the dystopian genre, READ THIS BOOK. (You'll thank me later.)

Seriously, I truly hope that this book will turn into a movie (but only if Naam will be an executive producer).

First, I loved how the book intrigued me. I liked thinking about the possibilities of linking humans' minds together, of human evolution through nanotechnology, and of the politics involved. I like to think that I've read a good number of dystopian novels, not all but many, and this was different and refresh
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Jaime
The next time someone asks me what book I would most like to see turned into a movie, I will quickly reply, "Nexus!".

Part Matrix and part Bourne Identity, Nexus is an action-packed read with an incredible depth of human thought and emotion. As much as I enjoyed the shoot outs, rampant and destructive explosions, and the bone jarring fist fights, I enjoyed more the evolving discussion about humanism, connected society, and the questions a future filled with transhumans and posthumans creates. The
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Susan
This novel handled hard questions about the social and political impact of radical new technology with deftness and surprising even-handedness. The author covered a full range of viewpoints with his cast of characters, and treated each with respect. Even Becker, the American government official making terrible calls in his ruthless determination to suppress the spread of Nexus, operated from defined and understandable principles, when it would have been so easy to step over that line to demonize ...more
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Ramez Naam was born in Cairo, Egypt, and came to the US at the age of 3. He's a computer scientist who spent 13 years at Microsoft, leading teams working on email, web browsing, search, and artificial intelligence. He holds almost 20 patents in those areas.

Ramez is the winner of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award for his non-fiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. He'
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