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eBook Description: Hyperthought recounts the adventures of a young man who trusts an unscrupulous doctor to enhance his brain function, and of a young woman who tries to save him. The year is 2125, and the Earth has undergone drastic climate change due to global warming. People crowd in sealed underground habitats to avoid the stormy, toxic surface. Feisty little Jolie Sauvage leads extreme surface adventure tours for rich executives. Jolie's friend, Dr. Judith Merida, is peddling a new cosmetic neurosurgery, which she claims will wake the brain's latent, unconscious senses. Jolie introduces Dr. Merida to one of her wealthy tour group clients, Jin Sura, an arrogant but troubled young man with a terrible desire for knowledge. That will prove to be a disastrous mistake. Get the ebook Book Synopsis: Hyperthought recounts the adventures of a young man who trusts an unscrupulous doctor to enhance his brain function, and of a young woman who tries to save him.
The year is 2125, and the Earth has undergone drastic climate change due to global warming. People crowd in sealed underground habitats to avoid the stormy, toxic surface. Feisty little Jolie Sauvage leads extreme surface adventure tours for rich executives.
Jolie's friend, Dr. Judith Merida, is peddling a new cosmetic neurosurgery, which she claims will wake the brain's latent, unconscious senses.
Jolie makes a disasterous mistake when she introduces Dr. Merida to one of her wealthy tour group clients, Jin Sura, an arrogant but troubled young man with a terrible desire for knowledge.
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONE:
Merida strutted around like a flirty bar singer, lifting her beer glass. "You've browsed the Science Channel, sí? The physicists know that nothing is solid. This beer, this room, even you, my excellent friends. Just waves of energy. Transient particles. Vibrating loops in vast empty space."
Her eyes smoldered with emotion, and my clients unconsciously leaned toward her. "How do you define the present moment? You can't. It has no dimension. Everything has occurred in the past. We think we remember. But memories - they're only phantom chains of molecules woven in our brains. If we can't trust our senses or our memories, how do we know what's real? What if we're caught in a maze within our own dreaming brains?"
Merida let the silence lengthen. She pranced among her listeners in the elevated boots that made her seem taller. Slicing her eyes back and forth, she held them spellbound. "What if only one of you is real, and all the rest of us are characters in your dream?" Then she leaned forward and hissed, "You already know the truth!"...
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER TWO:
Twenty minutes later, I found myself flushed out to sea. Vincente had stuffed me inside an old diving sphere…
I scrubbed scum off the sphere's inner wall to see better. The underwater cliffs were ridged with swollen, twisted folds. Slabs of old highways and broken buildings were crushed in layers of sediment. It looked as if centuries of civilizations had been compressed and folded together…
The first hour passed slowly as the sphere rolled down the gnarly bulge, and the convex walls hummed with the ocean's mounting pressure. To my horror, I noticed a dimple forming in one section of the fabriglass sphere. Thank the Laws, the sphere's regulator started increasing internal air pressure to help compensate for the extreme forces on the exterior walls. I held my nose and blew hard to clear my ears. But the dimple kept growing …
Another hour passed, and the ocean current kept nudging my sphere against the cliff. Then I noticed something truly bizarre. The running lights showed I was now rolling under the cliff, into the shadow of a vast overhang. I checked that dimple again. Ça va, a million tiny white lines now branched out from the flaw. The fabriglass was old and brittle. Would it split?...
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER SIXTEEN:
All at once, Jin groaned and closed his eyes. The pain must have been fierce. His next words came in a rush. "I hear the Earth's core spinning. Loops of molten iron. Whirling. The magnetic fields scream. They scream!" He ripped his hand from mine and covered his ears. "Billions of heartbeats! Cells. Dying. They're all dying! The sound of their fear is horrible!"
With impossible quickness, he sprang to his feet, holding his head in both hands. "The extra dimensions are coming uncurled. I perceive all of them. I see universes springing apart, swelling like bubbles. Too much input!" He staggered in circles as if he'd gone blind. I followed, but his strength rose from unnatural sources, and I couldn't keep up.
"There is no number!" His shrill cry echoed through the chamber. "It's chaotic. I can't differentiate one sensation from another. I can't find the chord. I thought everything would be clear. I thought..."
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REVIEWS & NEWS
HYPERTHOUGHT garners the 2004 SESFA Award for Best Novel, honoring achievement
in SF/F/H by individuals born or living in the Southern Unites States
for 2003 Phillip K. Dick Award!
"Quick as a cobra and just as wicked, Hyperthought is a smart, fast-paced SF Thriller, and one of the best
debut novels I've read in a long time. Don't miss it"
— Allen Steele, Hugo-award winner and best-selling author of OceanSpace and Where Angels Fear to Tread
"I liked the novel—very compactly told,
with good ideas. You have a good career ahead!"
— Gregory Benford, Nebula-winning author of Timescape
"This is one successful adventure story
and a neatly packaged allegory on thought and the future."
— Booklist Magazine
"I highly recommend Hyperthought. It's
a smart and sassy first novel -and if it's any indication of her talent,
M.M. Buckner will be around for a long time."
— John C. Snider, SciFiDimensions.com
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"From the first sentence to the last,
this book is in turn poignant, thought-provoking, and action-packed, all
at the appropriate times."
— Galen Strickland
The Templeton Gate
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