Infoquake, MultiReal and GeoSynchron

Ah yes – Science Fiction. How I pine for your sweet embrace.

I kicked up this post a while back – 2 months maybe – when I finished the last book in the ‘Jump 225′ trilogy. The intention was to provide a lengthy and insightful review of the three books and how the trilogy came together. That fell apart and I didn’t write anything. Let me try to put something together now while I sit at the data center waiting.

Funnily enough, I came upon this trilogy via a post on io9 celebrating the best new-release Sci-Fi. It was rather odd though as the third book ‘GeoSynchron’ was hailed as one of the best/brightest entries. My interest was piqued. Even more so when many referred to the series as a “Neuromancer” hybrid. My eyes lit up. A friend attempted to crush my hopes and dreams pointing out it was written by a ‘web developer’ and therefore was tainted. Bah! Professional racism!

Alas, me being me I couldn’t simply buy and read book 3. I needed the foundation.. the back story… to be able to fully immerse myself in the characters. I did what any normal person would do and scoured the intertubes for the cheapest version of ‘Infoquake’ available. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be – even amazon was waiting on a reprint. Low and behold I found a copy of book 1 ‘Infoquake’ and immediately ordered it. Fast forward 2 months (and I had to force the company to pony up!)

InfoQuake was an interesting book in my list of SciFi reads. Intriguing to say the least. Centered largely around corporate espionage and financial procurement you follow Natch (yes, that is his name, I kid you not) a self proclaimed ‘entrepreneur’. InfoQuake does a pretty decent job of setting the scene for the trilogy. Deep insight is provided on the culture of the universe and explanations of the certain themes and undercurrents…. the essential premise is self gain and improvement through systems run on OCHREs (Nano bots anyone?). Developers sell products to interface with users to provide a number of improvements on the human form – zoom functions, eye color changes etc. This was pretty cool and I liked the setup of ‘fiefcorps’ (companies) Vs single developers. InfoQuake also introduces the core characters and dabs a little on their past. I wasn’t really feeling InfoQuake but persisted for the holy grail of GeoSynchron (… or so I thought it would be?) Anyway. The story wrapped up with… what I guess some would call a cliff hanger but I wasn’t really longing for the next installment.

MultiReal.. its name is derived from the main program of the trilogy (quick digression – ‘The Jump 225 trilogy’… not much of the Jump Version 225 program in this….. a few mentions here and there but I was expecting a greater focus) and pretty much picks up where InfoQuake leaves off. Memory is a bit hazy here but the basic premise extends and new plot shards are created. A few new characters are introduced and you get more of a sense of how the ‘council’ works. Deceptions are introduced. Ploys developed. A lot of talking. Yea… there is a lot of talking. Metaphysical kinda stuff. I really struggled at first to get my head around the applications of ‘MultiReal’ but by the end of this book I think I was on the same page as the author (HA! Page.. Pun. See cause its a book right?).

Should it take me two books to understand the core premise of where a trilogy is headed? I’d hope not.

Wrapped up MultiReal and arrived at the grand daddy – GeoSynchron. I had high hopes – I mean.. this was the reason I had read the first two books. The further in I delved the more involved I was. GeoSyncron really is the best of the three – pity you have to read the first two to really understand the core of what is going on (this ain’t some stand alone read here folks). There is a lot more of everything in the third installment. More action. More themes. More talking. I also felt it was much better laid out and the plot more defined. Slowly I was wondering – er.. 100 pages left. Where are we going? How will this wrap up? It manages to. Not a massive ending – interesting. Plays on a pretty interesting concept but my mind wasn’t blown. I think I had a single point of confusion that caused me to read a few paragraphs over.

I don’t read authors notes. I tend to steer clear. I don’t want to know anything about the person who is stoking my imagination… it always tends to back fire. If I am reading a Bernard Cornwell I might read his historical notes… just to give me an insight of where he used creative license. But SciFi – its all creative. So I don’t want to hear which characters are based on real people or whether the author cried while writing the last page.

BUT.

I did read the authors note after GeoSynchron. Maybe because I was slightly confused. Maybe because I did want to know where this stuff came from. I must admit – it was pretty intriguing. Edelman had some pretty interesting comments and I was impressed in how he evolved the story from MultiReal to GeoSyncron. There were some rather interesting remarks on his past as well. If you read the trilogy – get in there and read this as well.

Essentially, if you have spare time and don’t mind science fiction that makes you think – give it a chance. Push through InfoQuake and MultiReal isn’t bad. Make it past MultiReal and GeoSyncron is bit of a pay off. It felt good to close of this rather obscure trilogy.

Another notch on the bed head. (Thats what the notches are for right?)

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