Nano-Noir and Cyber-Godfathers in "The Digital Plague"

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If you like nano-noir (and who doesn't?), you won't want to miss Jeff Somers' new novel The Digital Plague. The sequel to his book The Electric Church, it's set in a violent urban future you see through the eyes of antihero Avery, a contract killer-cum-cyber-Godfather. Unfortunately he's got a little nano-plague problem. Now the blog Rescued by Nerds has an interesting interview with Somers up on their site, where they ask a very important question: "Infecting your hero with a nanotech virus designed to murder the world is an interesting plot device. How did you come up with the basic plot?"


Somers replies:

This is an idea I've had for a while, a technology designed to mimic a natural vector. I was playing with the ideas of macro versus micro threats to survival: Societies have pretty good reactions to macro threats, like invading armies or terrorists or a nut with a gun on a clock tower (not always effective reactions, but organized reactions, you know?). But when the threat is individual, it can fly under society's radar for a while. You see someone getting sick and while you might have empathy for them or try to help them, it also seems very much their problem. By the time it's apparent that the threat is widespread or even global, it can be too late.

Thinking on that, I wondered,if I were a futuristic technological genius trying to destroy the world and remake it in my own horrible image, flying under the radar for a while would be a very good idea.


Read the whole interview here.

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I read the first one,The Electric Church, and thought it was a pretty sweet book. Little heavy on the swearing though. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that the author seemed to go out of his way to make the characters seem edgier by swearing every sentence.

Anyway, I'll probably give the second one a read.