by Kathleen Ann Goonan
. Published in paperback
on the 13 April 2000 by Millennium Books
"The world of "Crescent City Rhapsody
" is a world that is being changed by the day by advances in nanotechnology
, a world where radio
has died, a world of vastly increased lifespans
, and a world where extra-terrestrials
play a pivotal role in everyone's life."
An excellent book, one that I have just finished reading. Goonan's continuing obsession
systems, and how they would affect a society
, add a rich background to this tale of intrigue
and extra-terrestrial shenanigans
. Goonan has used this formula before, in Queen City Jazz
and its sequel Mississippi Blues
, and as always, it has worked. The concept of huge bee-like hive
cities is interesting, and in realms of nanotech
, not completely farfetched
. However, it would only really be useful in the situation, the Silence
, that Goonan describes.
and fascinating, Goonan has been described as the next Stephenson
, and after reading this and her earlier works, I have to agree. In some areas, such as plot, she even surpasses
the great Neal.