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High above the dangerous streets of post-quake San Francisco Island, mechanically modified professionals link minds in a cybernetic telespace to push through big deals and decisions at lightning speed. But unexplained telelink blackouts and bizarre hallucinations have marred mediator Carly Quester's debut appearance before a computer-generated Venue–forcing her to consider delicate psychic surgery at the hands of a robot therapist, Prober Spinner.
Suddenly the ambitious young mediator is at risk in a deadly Artificial Intelligence scheme to steal human souls–because the ghosts of Carly's unconscious may be a prize well worth killing for.
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Arachne is an unique entry in the cyberpunk genre. It steps between the dystopia of William Gibson and the otherworldliness of Phillip K. Dick.
Full of 'almost' body-horror, corporations so mega that they transact court cases in nanoseconds, and AI characters with more spiritualism in their circuits than the humans that inhabit this post Big-One San Francisco.
A must-read for cyberpunk fans!
Cybernetics, robotics, the aftermath of San Francisco's Big Quake II, urban tribalism - Lisa Mason combines them all with such deftness and grace, they form a living world. Mason spins an entertaining tale... She allows Carly's robotic allies a measure of personality and sophistication beyond the stock role of a chirping R2D2 or a blandly sinister Hal... Her characters and their world will stay with you long after you've finished this fine book.
Lisa Mason stakes out, within the cyberpunk sub-genre, a territory all her own.
Mason's endearing characters and their absorbing adventures will hook even the most jaded SF fan.
Arachne is an impressive debut by a writer gifted with inventiveness, wit, and insight. The characters face choices well worth reading about. This is cyberpunk with a heart.
There is a refreshing amount of energy associated with Lisa Mason's writing. The good old values are there: fun, excitement, drama - but served up with new and original twists. Lisa Mason is definitely a writer to watch - and to read.
Lisa Mason must be counted among science fiction's most distinctive voices as we rush toward the new millennium.