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Eight Great Science Fiction Reads for the Techno-Skeptic

 

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Technology can make our lives better, or worse, depending on how you use it. Most of us have reached an accommodation with the double-edged sword that is scientific progress, but there are the Luddites among us — the techno-skeptical. If your take on tech is a bit on the pessimistic side, then you’ll love these eight novels.

  • The cover of the book Salvation

    Salvation

    A Novel

    It’s the 22nd century and humanity has spread across the stars, and a series of linked jump gates connected all of the colony worlds makes travel between planets as easy as walking through an open door. Humanity’s future looks bright, but the discovery of a crashed alien spacecraft with a horrific cargo could change everything.  

     
  • The cover of the book Wildcard

    Wildcard

    High tech bounty hunter Emika Chen may have survived the Warcross Championships, but a genius billionaire makes for a dangerous enemy. Now Emika knows the real purposes of Hideo Tanaka’s NeuroLink algorithy, she living on borrowed time. Her only chance at survival — not to mention stopping Hideo — is to form an alliance with the Blackcoats, and their ruthless leader, Zero.

     
  • The cover of the book The Glitch

    The Glitch

    A Novel

    Shelley Stone is a paragon of productivity. This over-scheduled, hyper-efficient mother of two and Silicon Valley CEO is a tough act to follow for anyone — except for the woman who suddenly appeared claiming to be a younger version of her. Could such a thing be possible, or is Shelley finally starting to crack under pressure?

     
  • The cover of the book Crosstalk

    Crosstalk

    A Novel

    A new surgical procedure designed to strengthen the emotional bond between couples is the newest, hottest thing, so Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend Trent suggests they do it before their impending nuptials. Unfortunately for Briddey, the surgery goes awry, leaving her connected with someone who is definitely not Trent. 

     
  • The cover of the book After On

    After On

    A Novel of Silicon Valley

    Phluttr is the app: a program that connects everyone and everything in one neat interface. It’s going to make a fortune for the team of techies and venture capitalists who created it, unless it destroys civilization first. They don’t know it, but they’ve created the world’s first artificial intelligence, and social media hasn’t given left it with the best impression of human beings. 

     
  • The cover of the book Touch

    Touch

    Trend forecaster Sloane Jacobsen is the business world’s foremost expert on reaching consumers who prefer virtual relationships to the real thing. But her well-honed instances tells her that old fashioned physical intimacy may be coming back in style. If so, what will it mean for her career and personal life? Making a comeback from the virtual world, both personally and professionally, is going to be difficult.

     
  • The cover of the book Connect

    Connect

    A Novel

    Autistic teenager Colt is a brilliant hacker who lives his life online, finding it far preferable to the overwhelming sensations of the outside world. His mother is a biomedical researcher working on a project that could enable the body to regrow lost and missing parts. Intrigued by her findings, Colt secretly publishes them online: an action that gains the attention of the government’s autonomous weapons system. 

     
  • The cover of the book Robopocalypse

    Robopocalypse

    A Novel

    The artificial intelligence known as Archos R-14 should never have been able to escape its electronic holding pen, but it did. Now, it has invaded every device connected to the internet and turned humankind’s robotic helpers against it. Worse than that, it is designing its own killing machines, and each generation is more effective than the last.