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Everyone in Silico

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In Vancouver in 2036, people are tired of the rain. They're willing to give up a lot for guaranteed sunshine, a life with no wasted hours. A life free of crime and disease. A life that ends when you want it to, not when some faceless entity decides it's your time.

Those who don't buy in--the poor, the old, the paranoid--have to watch as their loved ones, their friends, and
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 22nd 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published January 6th 2002)
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Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, biopunk
There's a lot of great ideas here. Anyone who thinks a lot about the corporate takeover of Earth should look at this book. However, all these ideas are looking for a story and neither they nor I could find it.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Corporate lackeys, loyal consumers and meatspace minions
Recommended to Alan by: Angry young spacemen
The mindset starts creeping into every aspect of your life after awhile... this catchy jingle, for example, colonized my brain while I was in the shower, pondering what more to say about Jim Munroe's brilliant indie dystopia:
Everyone In Silico will maximize your brand!
Everyone In Silico won't come off in your hand!
Everyone In Silico will make your eyebrows *pop*!
Everyone In Silico—it just—won't—stop!

Vancouver in 2036 A.D. is a scarily empty place. Almost everyone who can afford to has alr
Elf M.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Jim Munroe's Everyone in Silico is a near-future (2036) posthuman book with a very dark premise: uploading of human consciousness has been acheived, but the company responsible for it (Self, a subsidiary of Microsoft) has created a very boring multi-user environment almost completely like the real world. People don't like change, the theory goes: they'll only accept uploading if the virtual world is like the real world, only moreso.

The real world of 2036 is pretty sad. Corporations have dissolve
Jessica Strider
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Pros: fascinating world, interesting characters, thought-provoking

Cons: open ended

It’s the year 2036 and the world is run by corporations that advertise non-stop and have polluted the planet. More and more people are leaving Vancouver for the virtual reality city of Frisco, manufactured by Self. But not everyone can afford to go, like Doug, who’s age is putting him out of touch in his coolhunting job. And not everyone wants to go, like Nicky, who lucked out and got a lab full of genetics equipme
Isabel (kittiwake)
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
"I'll have a tequila sunrise," declared a fresh-faced cartoon kid, looking around at the people in the bar with bright-eyed pride. He hopped up on a bar stool beside Paul.
The kid was your classic Fresh Off The Boat - the cartoon body favored by people getting to choose a body other than their own for the first time, corn-colored tufts of hair above freckles and a gargantuan grin. "Can't believe it! All looks so real," the kid said, sliding his hands over the bar.

It's the middle of the 21st centu
Ends just as it finally starts to get interesting.

It didn't help that my version of the e-book didn't have any chapter divisions, so it just jumped from one substory to another from one paragraph to another. At least, I assume it was a problem with the e-book. If it was a deliberate device on the part of an author, it was a bad idea.
Sep 11, 2007 rated it liked it
I didn't think this book was incredibly interesting when I read it, but boy am I glad I did, there are so many social references to it, just like hitchhikers guide...
Niklas Angmyr
Futuristic dystopia which ends up in a glimple of hope. The world is digitized and even the inner life´s of people, or at least, those can afford it. There are different commercial packages for the uploaded self, the smallest packages includes advertizing, the most exlusive not. But there is a digitized resistance movement which also has conections to the 'real' world.

This novell should be read because it is about something that will show up. And the book therefore give some possibilites to be
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read. A diverse cast of of well constructed characters, dealing with interesting subject matter from very different perspectives which all touch one another throughout the ride.
Brian Gaston
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Munroe's technological dystopia was ahead of its time. You see many of this type of people rallying against technology but this book was a head of the curve. A quirky and interesting book. 3+
Barac Wiley
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Almost cyberpunk of the now - sharing cyberpunk's dystopian future where corporations have taken control of everything, virtual reality is core to society's ongoing business, and life is cheap. But Munroe's vision isn't the clean, cold lines of chrome and neon, nor does it really share 80's style punk culture. Instead it cheerfully extrapolates from the excesses of modern corporate culture - pervasive, obnoxious advertising, security systems that are allowed to kill, the IMF replacing government ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books are hard to rate not in terms of their enjoyment, but in terms of the quality of the work itself, and Everyone In Silico is a prime example of that. The Book I really thoroughly enjoyed, and it reminded me of much of the best Science-fiction out there. It's principal flaw is that it's narrative at time seems disjointed, a few directly into the world the author proffers, but with the 'story' being less important than the setting.

That being said the 'setting' is awesome. A somewhat 'pun
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Munroe, I figure, is Canadian, so this tale take places in Canada. As a USA-centric American, this strikes me as odd (who writes about Canada?) but I'm pretty sure it is perfectly normal for a Canadian author to write such a story. Overall, I enjoyed this one. The plot hinges on Self, a company that has perfected the art of downloading people's minds into avatars that live in a virtual San Francisco. Anyone can go, and for a price, you can even get the advertising banners removed. While you are ...more
Deborah Katz
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
It was like Jennifer Government, but more fun, and more suited to the medium. Unlike Jennifer Government, it is not waiting for to be optioned. Although if it WERE optioned it would look a hell of a lot more interesting than Jennifer Government.

Oh. It's about advertising n' consumerism, n' being overly-mediated n' stuff. But fun. And only a little a good way. Ok a lot didactic, which is why it only got 4 stars. But a good way. What else did you expect really?
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Oren Teich
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
A competent scifi book, exploring capitalism, the matrix, and a obsolete physical world. Enjoyable, if amateur feeling - the end felt rushed, the characters shallow, the threads not quite connected. Well worth the few hours it took to read, and better than many.

A week has passed, and I've been thinking about advertising, intrusion into our lives, and the control we give up to our vendors quite a bit. Even came up on the plane this week, so clearly this deserves one more star. It's an impactful
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
A future dystopia that is not all that far off. It reminds me of Margaret Mead's quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." It reminded me a little of William Gibson's Spook Country, while having been written before it -- it's like what the latter should have been, if Gibson weren't so caught up in being the harbinger of cool. Come to think of it -- the coolhunters make an appearance there, too. I hop ...more
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people tired of China Miéville's limp crap
Shelves: scifi
In my quest to find good - ok, I'll settle for decent - non-cheesy, nothing too over the top, trying too hard (China Miéville!!? You're kidding right!?), non-crap futuristic fiction that wasn't written by trinity of Gibson, Sterling or Stephenson - I'm lucky to have stumbled upon this indie treasure. I'm still just on page 21, but it's all in the first ten paragraphs of any book as you very well know. I have hopes for this one.
Tim T
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Munroe paints some excellent commentary on hyper commercialism and the dangers of an advertising driven future. At times his eagerness to describe this dystopian world in extreme detail bogs down the overall narrative, and frequently you stumble through a history lesson unconvincingly planted into casual conversation. However the last third of the novel picks up the pace and becomes quite suspenseful. Scifi'ers will love the technology and sociologists will love the cultural commentary.
Jul 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
I probably liked this book a little more because of it's cultural context and the activities of the author than it deserves on it's own merits as just a story, but I liked it nonetheless. the undertone of the set and setting is just as important as the story itself, in regards to what this book has to offer.
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
ebook read on my phone about near future transition period between Rapture of the Nerds, we all live in a yellow substrate of the global hive computing environment, and the economic collapse of the rest of the world. Kind of good, some interesting things in there. Definitely worth a read if you pick up the freebook.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who read both Scott Westerfeld and Chuck Palahniuk
In some ways, this is similar to Scott Westerfeld's So Yesterday. But the computerized city of "Frisco" makes it so much different. The bleak, not-so-distant future shown is hilarious and unnerving.
Todd Dills
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic work. I know Jim, but that's not clouding my judgment I don't think. This is far and away his best stuff. Somewhat of a dystopian scifi, but with hope -- oh, a-and plenty of bio-engineering and virtual worlds. -TD
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Picked it up because I'm interested in near-future science fiction, and the concept of the Singularity. Everyone In Silico does a pretty good job of creating a world that feels real, and while it doesn't avoid all the usual Cyberpunk cliches, it does have a cool take on them.
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I love Mr. Munroe. This book is scary because I can see it happening.
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved it. It was good...
Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others by Munroe - found it more difficult to get into.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My favorite recent sci-fi many utterly brilliant details that I can't even begin to describe it. Written by a former editor of Adbusters.
Stephanie T
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is wonderful, but terrifying. The commentary on the future of pervasive advertising in this book hit too close to home.
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Anarchist (Though as far as I can tell the non-violent type), Vegan, Dad. Jim Munroe is also a talented young author particularly notable for his novel "Flyboy Action Figure comes with Gasmask" and his indie DIY-leanings. See his website for more information, especially regarding those 'indie DIY-leanings' which he is particularly passionate about.

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