The Utopia Chronicles
Robert Baxter once reveled in the intoxicating delights of Atopia—the man-made island where humans lose themselves in a world of boundless virtual realities. Now, Bob has returned to immerse himself in this mind-altering, consciousness-sharing refuge from the eroding Earth.
But something is very wrong. Bob feels a tidal wave of doom cresting above the pleasure dome that is...more
The book starts with introducing "The Engineer," who is an alien entity working on a "Project." We have no true id ...more
Each book in this series has been incredible! And this conclusion does a great job too! The first book was a fast paced look at at a possible, near future based upon high technology and artificial realities. The second book takes that as a base, then further develops the characters, and various themes, by mixing in some varied metaphysics and such. This last book takes us into a very logical conclusion.
The characters are quite well developed ...more
Th e first 2 books were excellent and entertaining stories, and this book started out that way. However, it rapidly descended into a rambling muddle that seemed more like the recounting of one man's painful struggle to find and accept God as an intrinsic part of Life. Perhaps that is what Mather intended, but I was quite disappointed. However, it reached the point that I had to force myself to finish the book. The one bright spot is the fact that this ...more
This was a nice conclusion to quite an epic trilogy. It is hard science fiction and contains themes that touch at the very meaning and existence of time and space, of human kind and the nature of reality. The concepts can boggle the mind and my mind was indeed boggled, but never bored. A great story and a great series.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, with its emphasis on technological ideas and the various ways they could be implemented and some of the ways they might affect those using them. The second book in this series seemed to take a turn in a significantly direction, but I still enjoyed where it picked up from the first book. This third book is an entirely different game altogether (which is ...more
The first book was thought-provoking and told stories that actually made the reader think about human nature and ethics; this one was nothing but a bunch of endless navel gazing about the nature of reality. The first book was full of irony and plot turns that mostly managed to surprise but still always made perfect sense in hindsight; this one ended on a "twist" that I saw coming a mile away... in the previous book ...more
Let me give my neurologically damaged body and undamaged brain to those who need it for ... practice! I'd like to donate my living body to those who share the deep belief for the need of post-singularity guides. Pssi-moms! Fill me with smarticles, teach me, and allow me to Know, to help! We are not far from the singularity culmination, its underway now. It's been underway for far longer than many suspect. I only hope I can sustain this dying package of meat, this fragile flesh, s ...more
I really liked the first book when I read it when it came out. I read the 2nd book soon after it came out but that one got a little trippy and I didn't enjoy it as much. This one I enjoyed even less but kept reading it to the end hoping for a really cool ending that the author surely had planned from the start.
The entire book was sort of the ending. The ending of the ending wasn't what I was expec ...more
This was a very interesting book becau ...more
Ending takes quite unexpected turn, but I guess that was a fate from the beginning of this part.
For me little bit too super-natural. I would prefer if author stuck more to the initial idea of playing with just AR/VR. But decent reading nonetheless.
I enjoyed the characters and story but this third part presented a challenge to me with the back, forth and sideways movement between parallel worlds/universes.
The world could use a lil' phuture news right now. ...more