A Calculated Life
Late in the twenty-first century, big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free of addictions. Violent crime is a rarity.Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency... show more
Late in the twenty-first century, big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free of addictions. Violent crime is a rarity.Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency Mayhew McCline, where she forecasts economic and social trends. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she far outshines her co-workers, often correcting their work on the quiet. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.When a string of events contradicts her forecasts, Jayna suspects she needs more data and better intuition. She needs direct interactions with the rest of society. Bravely—and naively—she sets out to disrupt her strict routine and stumbles unwittingly into a world where her IQ is increasingly irrelevant…a place where human relationships and the complexity of life are difficult for her to decode. And as she experiments with taking risks, she crosses the line into corporate intrigue and disloyalty.Can Jayna confront the question of what it means to live a “normal” life? Or has the possibility of a “normal” life already been eclipsed for everyone?
Publish date: September 24th 2013
Pages no: 195
Edition language: English
Set in a future Manchester where cognitive implantation has become the norm and one company has gone further in terms of providing (and contracting out) individuals like Jayna, who work for both the public and private sector, doing complex mathematical modelling tasks, I found A Calculated Life to b...
This is a slow starting but ultimately moving “wow!” of a story, set in a dystopian future Manchester with three types of “humans”: humans with a moderate amount of genetic engineering to help them resist social evils like addiction, genetically engineered humans who have been enhanced with implant...
Jayna is a super-intelligent kind-of computer-like person who works for a big company trying to see trends in everything. As she's always analysing stuff she might just find some data that could turn her life (and the world like she knows it) around. In the beginning I liked her mathematical way o...
Jayna is a simulation of a person...or she's a person...or maybe there isn't any difference. She's designed to be smart, compliant, and happy, though those plans for her don't necessarily survive contact with the real world.This book is very much post-cyberpunk, which I find to be a comfortable sub-...