The Hunger of Time
Technology has started to accelerate at a terrifying rate. By the mid-twenty-first century, we might see a Singularity: a convergence of artificial intelligence, advanced nanotechnologies for building things at the atomic scale, precise genomics, and other wonders. What happens after that? Will the descendents of today’s humanity become gods or demons, or simply destroy themselves? And will we be among their number, carried along by rejuvenation and immortality treatments? For Natalie and her irritatingly beautiful young sister Suzanna, these are no longer abstract questions. The familiar world is on the brink of crisis. Dumped by her live-in boyfriend and stuck back at home with her parents, Nat is not a happy person. And her father, Hugh, is acting like a mad scientist. What the hell is he building out there in the garage? When Hugh frog-marches his family into the garage, it looks as if he has really gone mad, and they are due to perish even before the plague wipes out all life on Earth. But the machine Hugh has been working on hurls them all—not forgetting their dog Ferdy—ever further into the future, and the escapade doesn't stop until the very end of time and space.
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- Open Road Integrated Media
About the authors
Damien Broderick is Australia's dean of science fiction, with a body of extraordinary work reaching back to the early 1960s. Like the late George Turner, he captures the distinctive flavor of his native country while reaching out to American and European readers. The White Abacus won two years' best awards. His stories and novels, like those of his younger peer Greg Egan, are drenched with bleeding‑edge ideas. Distinctively, he blends ideas and poetry like nobody since Roger Zelazny, and a wild silly humor is always ready to bubble out, as in the cosmic comedy Striped Holes. His award‑winning novel The Dreaming Dragons is featured in David Pringle's SF: The 100 Best Novels, and was chosen as year's best by Kingsley Amis. It has been revised and updated as The Dreaming.
Rory Barnes is the author of ten novels for both adults and teenagers, five of which have been written in collaboration with Damien Broderick.