The Shockwave Rider
A Science Fiction Book Club Selection"When John Brunner first told me of his intention to write this book, I was fascinated -- but I wondered whether he, or anyone, could bring it off. Bring it off he has -- with cool brilliance. A hero with transient personalities, animals with souls, think... show more
A Science Fiction Book Club Selection"When John Brunner first told me of his intention to write this book, I was fascinated -- but I wondered whether he, or anyone, could bring it off. Bring it off he has -- with cool brilliance. A hero with transient personalities, animals with souls, think tanks and survival communities fuse to form a future so plausibly alive it has twitched at me ever since."-- Alvin TofflerAuthor of Future ShockHe Was The Most Dangerous Fugitive Alive, But He Didn't Exist!Nickie Haflinger had lived a score of lifetimes...but technically he didn't exist. He was a fugitive from Tarnover, the high-powered government think tank that had educated him. First he had broken his identity code -- then he escaped.Now he had to find a way to restore sanity and personal freedom to the computerized masses and to save a world tottering on the brink of disaster.He didn't care how he did it...but the government did. That's when his Tarnover teachers got him back in their labs...and Nickie Haflinger was set up for a whole new education!
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: October 12th 1984
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 280
Edition language: English
Brunner is always good for an interesting read. As a writer, he stewed up plots that, to my mind, are rarely matched in originality by other more celebrated writers. As much as I admire Brunner and his work, reading The Shockwave Rider was a real struggle despite the fact that I suspect the novel wa...
This one was a bit of a struggle for me, I really didn't engage with the characters until near the end. I was glad I persevered. The commentary on a government who controlled the ideas of a world and tried to adapt the people to how they wanted them to be instead of letting them live their own live...
Science Fiction is overrated as a tool for accurately predicting the future, but Shockwave Rider is one of the most prophetic SF novels ever written. Brunner tells the story of a hacker who builds a self-replicating worm virus to steal data from the computer networks of governments and corporations...