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The Complete Atopia Chronicles (Atopia #1)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  2,646 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Dr. Patricia Killiam is rushing to help save the world from itself by giving everyone everything they’ve always wanted. The questions is, is she unwittingly saving the world only to cast it towards an even worse fate as humanity hurtles across the brink of forever.

What could be worse than letting billions die? In the future, be careful what you wish for.

The Atopia Chronic
Kindle Edition, 545 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by PhutureNews Publishing (first published August 1st 2012)
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Robert Murray
Preface: I swear on my mother's iPad that I did not read any of the reviews or quotes at before writing this review, so help me Bezos.

Much has been written of how man and machine will interact in the future; whether it's Gibson's "Neuromancer", Stephenson's "Snow Crash", or any of a number of indie authors out there now. Matthew Mather's debut novel "The Complete Atopia Chronicles" takes artificial intelligence, distributed computing, nanotechnology, and the full range of humanity (hu
I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan. While I have (thanks to some recommendations from my brothers) read a few Sci-Fi stories in the past, it's never been an area I was that comfortable in or drawn to.

When I received notification that my pre-order for Atopia was in my library and ready for download, I was a little stumped; when had I ordered this? Why would I have? I read the synopsis and could see why I may have been drawn to it; dystopian undercurrents, with multiple narrators and points of view... The
Lukas Lovas
I'm kind of conflicted about this book. It could have gotten 5/5, but...I just couldn't do it. Here's why.

The first two thirds of the book were awesome. The thoughts behind the stories were breathtaking. I have read some sci-fi about virtual realities before, but....this took it way further. And it explored all the deatils....what will happen when our thought become reality? What will we do to ourselves? What possible screw-ups can occour? Can we love a virtual character? How important would our
Niels Pedersen

Matthew Mather; The Complete Atopia Chronicles Review

"Atopia" is what you would get if you could mix your own personal Garden of Eden, with addiction, escapism, schizophrenia, and the Matrix. The concept of the world is masterful in its creation, and is maybe the most unlimited series in its potential for future stories since Hugh Howey's "Plagiarism".

Science Fiction has always made the real world long for the creations it imagines, but I'm willing to trade all my light sabers, jet packs, and S
Good luck trying to follow this one.
The idea of this book is a set of 6 stories that are all loosely related. So I'm told they eventually intertwine towards the end. That's fine, I can deal with that. But the thing is that with 400 pages to tell 6 stories, the author has to rush though things at a good clip. He speeds through the setup of the situations at such a pace it was a little unclear of just what was the point. Combined with the fact that it's a book where reality is supposed to be hard
Andrew George
Intriguing book.

This was not what I expected. This book raises many philosophical questions about the future of technology and the moral ramifications that may come with it. I would recommend this book to any open minded Person out there...but don't speed read it. This book needs to be read slowly so one can fully appreciate what is being said and to give oneself time to think of where you stand on the issues presented. It can also be read for entertainment however, but I that would honestly be
Dan Hart
I loved these stories. There is so much greatness in these.

Although the story itself was amazing, there were two technical issues that frustrated my experience: 1) The copy editing could have been better. The number of extraneous words / missing words felt high to me--enough to be noticeable and distracting. 2) The repetition of several scenes from different POVs. While some of these were pulled off with great skill, adding layers of understanding to the story, others felt like they were just re
This is a complex novel with a large cast of characters, each with their own agenda. Set in our near-ish future, the story focuses on the man-made floating city of Atopia, what seems to be the land of milk and honey. But all is not as it seems and there's a definite dark side. An exploration of post-humanism that will touch and terrify. It was difficult to put down, but interesting enough that I often had to, so I could process. At times it was tough to follow with all the point-of-view switchin ...more
So, I have to confess that I read Matthew Mather's books in the opposite order in which they were written. CyberStorm, which I read first, was well-executed and enjoyable, but primarily a solid entertaining novel. Atopia Chronicles is so much more that I found myself truly, truly impressed with Mr. Mather's talent. Not quite five-stars-impressed -- there are still some rough edges in the telling -- but this novel is far more than entertainment -- it's a parable, a warning, and a work from the he ...more
I thought the first of the six stories in this book was a top notch sci fi story, very Twilight Zone. I like the idea of the sidequels, but some of the stories were only thinly related to each other until the very end. There were parts that seemed to just be dragged out to make the stories towards the end of the set longer and didn't really seem to enhance the entire tale. Overall, an imaginative view of how technology can be both beneficial and detrimental to man at the same time.
I actually read the combined Atopia series. Blue Skies is the first vignette. I'm torn about the rating because I think that some people will really love this and others will hate it. If you are interested in contemplating how "cyberspace" and distributed consciousness might affect humans, you may really enjoy this. I found it to be thought provoking. The ideas Mather has about things that could happen (what if we mutually inhabit other people's bodies? what if we could have virtual children who ...more
First: this is a book written by a scientist. Like books by Arthur C Clarke it has fascinating and futuristic ideas but the writing style and characters leave a little to be desired. It's a difficult read given that it's written in the first person from numerous perspectives, and the narrator changes with every short chapter. Sometimes I had to skip back to remember who the narrator for that chapter was. It really interrupts the flow of the story. Some of the foreshadowing really doesn't come to ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Lau rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: Kindle
Originalmente Atopia eran seis libros cortos autopublicados, de los cuales los primeros cinco se podían leer en cualquier orden mientras se dejara el sexto para el final. Ahora el autor decidió juntarlos bajo esa tapa hermosa que me sedujo para que lo lea, aunque no se si ahora está publicado oficialmente.

La idea general de esta historia es espectacular, pero eso sí, cuesta comprender el funcionamiento del mundo casi hasta el libro 6.
Cada libro está narrado en primera persona y cambia de protag
I had originally bought and read an excerpt in the form of Brothers Blind and didn't like it. Therefore, I held off on reading the full collection until recently even though every recommender engine put it on my list. I finally gave in and, sadly, I really didn't enjoy this book and found it very difficult to finish. The characters seemed unrelatable, the overall plot line seemed a bit contrived and I had to force myself to pick up the book again. I just didn't get it and feel bad about saying i ...more
Matthew Mather had me at the first line in Blue Skies: "No! No! Your other left!".

Atopia Chronicles is a series of sidequels that appeals to a wide audience, one that is not limited to Sci-Fi buffs alone. The reasons for that are as varied as the characters and the stories, there's a little something in this series that everyone can identify with.

Who hasn't wished they could clone themselves just to get everything on their plate done? Who hasn't wished they could just "phone it in" from time to
I'm torn on how to review this book (actually, it's a collection of short stories). On the one hand, it's pretty good for a self-published set of stories that tell a complete story.

The premise is thought-provoking. Without giving away too many spoilers, it's a futuristic time and artificial intelligence is fully in play. The story is told from the first person of several key characters and as it delves deeper into their tales, the potential for technology and ethical issues around AI come into p
Jul 31, 2013 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The word ‘atopia’ refers to a world without borders. In the “Complete Atopia Chronicles”, the world offers endless opportunities through ‘synthetic reality’. Synthetic reality allows people to be in multiple worlds through digital images of themselves. Imagine a ‘digital twin’ who goes to work so that I can stay home and read a book? Or imagine another splinter of myself who runs errands while I rest or relax or even travel? How great does that sound in this fast paced, frenzied world we live in ...more
_Atopia_ is an interesting entry in the broad genre of 'Singularity' fiction. Some books, like _Halting State_ by Charles Stross and _Rainbow's End_ by Vernor Vinge, have technology recognizably connected to stuff under development today, but in a more advanced state and more widely deployed. Other, hard-core post-Singularity stuff like Stross' _Accelerando_, John C. Wright's _The Golden Age_ and Walter Williams' _Aristoi_ have technology so far in advance of ours as to be like magic.

_Atopia_ fa
There was a lot to like about this story, but there was a lot to dislike, too. First, some of it dragged in the wrong places and was repetitive. Then there were all the illogical logic bits where somethings just don't line up. I'm trying not to give anything away while explaining, so bear with me. There were references to the culture of the 1980s by kids too far in the future to know about them. Kids today don't know about them. Then there is the predictability of the story because of omissions. ...more
Tanya Eby
I narrated the role of Dr. Patricia Killiam and narrated this with a group of award-winning narrators including Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels, Mikael Narramore and Amy McFadden. It's a crazy interesting book, and I can't wait to hear the final product. Every once in a while, I get cast in a role that fits seamlessly, and Killiam felt like this to me. I loved her grit, intelligence, and tenacity. This sic-fi book won't disappoint with lots of science, technology, psychic alter realities, mega storms, ...more
Kimberly Read
Atopia is disturbing and thought provoking. I am enthralled with the philosophical exploration of the in-worlds of virtual reality. However, I'm not thrilled with the root cause in the grand reveal. I could see how the plot would move as the rotating perspectives picked up pace, but I don't think the various story lines came together well. The wrap up felt forced to me.
A series of "sidequel" stories based in a future floating city-state in international waters off the coast of California, Atopia, where some of the wealthiest and most technologically savvy US citizens have settled as the country declines.

The book leaves the reader contemplating issues ranging from classic philosophy of the mind questions, to what persists about human nature in a "post-human" world, and whether rapidly advancing technology can "save" us or simply amplify the abilities of a gree
Dave Mccoleman
An interesting read for me as I am NOT a sci-fi fan so to speak. At 500 = pages there was several times that I just about stopped reading this book for good as it was getting really strange; but I stuck with it and made it through to the end. I could see another book continuing where this nded. Matthew Mather get up the strange work!!
Rex Schrader
I was really drawn into this fascinating exploration of the implications of a fully integrated "virtual/shared reality". Each story follows a different character as they explore the limitations (or lack thereof) and all of the possibilities of being able to do pretty much whatever you want.

The only thing that was mildly distracting was the use of alliterative names. Some of the characters seemed more like comic book characters of old because of it.

A fun read and very well done, especially for an
Now that I have finished this book, I can safely say that I enjoyed it, and the last quarter or so had me desperately turning pages to find out what happened next. I do not know how accurate the science within it is, but it was fascinating, and seemed to hold some thoughtful possibilities as to the future of our society and fascination with technology.

The book is definitely not without its flaws though, and those nearly kept me from finishing it. The first half of the book is told in several vi
Michael Long
The Atopia Chronicles is a book about a future where virtual worlds are a reality, everyone is networked in their minds, virtual AI's co-inhabit bodies, and advanced technology is everywhere. The sociey of Atopia is an artificial island in the Pacific that is leading the way with the deployment of a world-wide technology to hook people into virtual worlds. Yet the world is quickly running out of resources. I went in to this not knowing what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. The book tac ...more
Adam Richardson
I can't believe the author had to self-publish this book because no publisher said it would sell. This is a science-fiction masterpiece. Its plot, characters, execution, and philosophy are superb.

The world is fully thought out and consistent. Given the complexity of the world (the technology and the "distributed consciousness" it allows), this is astonishing. The author tells the story through several characters, but the world is so complete that each character feels more like a window to the wo
John Reeves
Very good. Deals with a group / colony of sea steaders in the near-ish future and the invention of a very good augmented reality system (and the way the company markets it and all that). Ideas such as, with this perfect augmented reality you can exist in real life or virtual life in any proportion or combination you like, and all the ridiculous stuff you want to do in VR has nearly 0 resource requirements. So everyone can live a super first world life on a shoestring budget.

The thing that inter
Charlynn Browning
This is top notch science fiction. The author has woven a tale from current events, rpg and social gaming, science, and technology. The result is a rich world set in the future but still familiar to readers.

Could mankind benefit if virtual reality were indistinguishable from reality? Would it have potential for abuse, and would it be worth the risks? Welcome to Atopia, and a cast of complex characters, stories, and riddles to keep you interested throughout the book. Like many science fiction wri
A very nice presentation of alternate realities, through multiverse and synthetic realities. A good projection of philosophical, moral, and social implications of technological advancement.

Much of the story seemed believable, so the two weak spots in the plot were that much more glaring because they were contrived, so out of character with the rest of the story... of the characters had the most important presentation of her life coming up; it required an actual physical presence to
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Matthew is the bestselling author of CyberStorm and the #1 hit series Atopia Chronicles. He started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, going on to become one of the world's leading members of the cybersecurity community. In between he's worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction s ...more
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