Air by Geoff Ryman
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Chung Mae is the only connection her small farming village has to culture of a wider world beyond the fields and simple houses of her village. A new communications technology is sweeping the world and promises to connect everyone, everywhere without power lines, computers, or machines. This technology is Air. An initial testing of Air goes disastrously wrong and people are killed from the shock. Not to be stopped Air is arriving with or without the blessing of Mae's village. Mae is the only one who knows how to harness Air and ready her people for it's arrival, but will they listen before it's too late?


About Geoff Ryman

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Geoff Ryman is the author of the novels Air (Clarke and Tiptree Award winner) and The Unconquered Country (World Fantasy Award winner). Canadian by birth, he has lilved in Cambodia and Brazil and now teaches creative writing at the University of Manchester in England.
Published October 1, 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin. 402 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the first test of Air is catastrophic, killing a few and leaving a strange effect on Mae, who is left with memories of a dead woman in her head, a woman who led a much more vivacious life than Mae ever has.

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One day, the citizens of Kizuldah and the rest of the world are subjected to the testing of Air, a highly experimental communications system that uses quantum technology to implant an equivalent of the Internet in everyone's mind.

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There's also a strange turn in which Mae is abducted by a powerful gangster hoping to harness Mae's talents for his own shadowy objectives when Air becomes ubiquitous;

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One of Ryman's major achievements with Air is the way in which he has succeeded in encapsulating so many contemporary global issues into this single event of the introduction of the Air technology to the village of Kizuldah, dramatising the changes we have all been and are still living through in...

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