Yesterday, I finished Apex, the third novel in the Nexus Trilogy by Ramez Naam, who met briefly at the VERGE event we both spoke at a few weeks back in Santa Clara. Given to me a couple of months back by Sam (Lakha).
It’s a long time since I have enjoyed a science fiction series so much, here both because of the basic notion of a drug (Nexus) that connects human minds in a 2040s version of the Internet and because of the fast-paced narrative involving characters one actually cares about.
Including, weirdly, by the end, the AI devil incarnate.
Confess I ended the book in tears. The closest books I have read, in terms of conjuring an alternate reality, have been Frank Herbert’s Dune – and a few of the sequels. 30 years after his death, Herbert still ranks as the sci-fi author I have learned most from, to date.