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Beautiful Shining People: The extraordinary, EPIC speculative masterpiece…

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John being a tech wunderkind, the subject of the novel inevitably turns to the future of computing and its role for good and ill.

So I learned Spanish (I actually have a degree in Spanish philology), went to study in Madrid, Spain when I was 20. However, the girl he likes is acting strangely, tourism bots keep repeating the same message to him, and cyberattacks are wreaking havoc in cities across the globe. So this is Beautiful Shining People by Michael Grothaus, a novel set in a not so far off future where cars drive themselves, robots are everywhere, and cities are powered by AI.

This is my first time reading a book written by Michael Grothaus and most definitely will not be my last.

The story takes off here and is stuffed full of futuristic stuff: mid-century politics, AI, believable permutations of the dark web, propaganda, natural and man-made disasters and many twists and turns you will have to read this book to know.The near-future depicted (the SF strand to the story) adds to that unease, as John begins to receive cryptic messages from the AI-infused bots that seem ubiquitous, and we see casual examples of the uses and abuses of the underlying technology behind them. Alternatively, if you are craving a more dystopian literary masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is an important and alarming novel that everyone should read at least once. While I’m not usually that into robots and AI, I really enjoyed how it was incorporated into the story here. Reviews“The book’s suspenseful twists tie the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima to themes concerning the roles of scientists in either tearing or healing humanity…an arresting novel. Now, I don't really cry when reading books, apart from A Little Life, so when a book does it means it's something that is special and hard-hitting.

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