By Daryl Gregory
It starts in Toronto, within the years after the clever drug revolution. Any highschool scholar with a chemjet and web connection can obtain recipes and print medicines, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old highway woman reveals God via a brand new brain-altering drug referred to as Numinous, used as a sacrament by way of a brand new Church that preys at the underclass. yet she is arrested and positioned into detention, and with no the drug, commits suicide.
Lyda Rose, one other sufferer in that detention facility, has a gloomy mystery: she was once one of many unique scientists who built the drug. With assistance from an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced surgeon, Lyda units out to discover the opposite 3 survivors of the 5 who made the Numinous in a quest to set issues right.
A mind-bending and violent chase throughout Canada and the united states, Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a fabulous mixture of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Philip ok. Dick’s Ubik, and maybe a bit Peter Watts’s Starfish: a final probability to save lots of civilization, or die attempting.
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There were other gatherings in days after, in small number, by twos and by threes. Some stayed entirely in their staterooms, fearing the nameless threat of meetings in the corridors, unnerved by what was happening on worlds throughout the Reach. If there was a majat aboard, no one wanted to find it. The game continued in the salon. Jim's luck improved. He was winning, thirtyseven to thirty-three. The other azi's eyes followed the fall of the wands and the dice as if their own fortunes were hazarded there.
There were other such gatherings, private parties. The salon was still under occupation on this third evening. No one ventured there any longer save during the day. There remained available of course the lower deck lounge, where the second-class passengers gathered; but they were not willing to descend to that society, not under the circumstances. Their collective pride had suffered enough. "Maybe she's going to Andra," someone suggested. "A short trip . . perhaps some bizarre humour . " The Andran executive looked distressed at that idea.
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Afterparty by Daryl Gregory