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July 07 , 2007

Sleeper, Awake


Retired film star Flora Fielding was diagnosed with cancer. Her solution: she had herself put into suspended animation, and invested her fortune in cancer research. She expected to return to life in five to ten years – but is awakened into an utterly different world, 1433 years later. She gradually learns the facts about the new society:

  • there are only one million people on the planet.
  • This gives material wealth to everyone.
  • However, the right to reproduce is a valuable commodity. Men compete for women's approval in every possible way, including risking their lives in deeds of daring.
  • Everyone has an 'implant': a device that enables them to send and receive 'images', so that they are able to be with anyone else, anywhere.
  • All the implants, and all the computerized machines on the planet, are linked to form a single intelligence: Artif, the 'executive arm of humanity'.
  • Flora makes friends, and gradually learns that she was awakened for a purpose: she is the pawn in a political duel between Abel, President of Control, and Mirabelle, Deputy President. These two are opposed on every issue, including the way to raise twelve year old Tamás, their son.

    Kiril, a young man tortured by jealous love, commits the first violent crime in over a thousand years, and only Flora's experience from pre-Cataclysmic times can sort out the resulting problems.

    This book of the surprising yet plausible future has an ending that'll wrench your heart, and then there is a final sting in the tail...

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