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With a microchip pulsing inside his head, Ale Elatey was perfectly happy being a computer-linked expert for the almighty ORA:CLE. Until he stepped out on his terrace and a winged killer Dac tried to gun him down.

Then Ale's life became one gigantic glitch. Computerized black doctor bags began making house calls to his home; the photo tried to burn a hole in his brain; his o
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1984 by Berkley (first published August 1st 1983)
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Another of the paperbacks dug out of the boxes. Kevin O'Donnell, working 25 years ago, weaves in global warming, the Internet (in the form of a rough approximation of Google News, crowdsourcing and netroots), plus tosses in alien invasion and telepresence to create a future in which we are all confined to our homes because the world has been reforested to sop up the excess CO2. Plus, the aliens kill everyone who goes outside. Good stuff.
Though I give it 3 stars for cardboard characters and weird character motivations, this book stuck with me since the 80'd.

It proposed a utopian view that the internet will be useful in linking up experts in all field in a type of 411 operation to open up vast stores of human knowledge and decision making. No room for spam or viruses in this supposed future. Interesting read of an early pre-internet idea of the Internets.

Apr 07, 2008 pedro rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci-fi lovers
One of the more realistic books I ever read about a plausible future. Spotted with some fantastic elements -not enough relevant to sustract reality- presents a world worried about CO2 emissions, natural catastrofes, social knowledge and other.
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