- Capa comum: 432 páginas
- Editora: Planeta; Edição: 1ª (26 de janeiro de 2011)
- Idioma: Português
- ISBN-10: 8576655705
- ISBN-13: 978-8576655701
- Dimensões do produto: 23 x 15,6 x 3,6 cm
- Peso de envio: 581 g
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The book isn't a piece of political philosophy, but it's informed by a lot of current threads and thinking about the increasing influence and power of a few large corporations and what we can and maybe should do about it.
It's not a piece of speculative science writing, but the technologies it describes are not completely unreasonable given the state of the art today, and Mr. Suarez's writing is clearly well informed from a technology perspective. None of the "now I'll just crack the encryption" or "Now I'll upload a virus" BS that so often infects other novels that have a technological bent.
Fair criticisms: Not perfect as a novel, some characters are better drawn than others or abandoned partway, the grasp of technology is deeper than the grasp of the inner workings of government, and it's true that the beginning is generally stronger and more solid than the middle/end; but as soon as I finished it I immediately purchased the sequel (the ending here is something of a cliffhanger) and promptly plowed right through it.
Overall intelligently written and in tune with the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 area. Lots and lots of fun, and in the end that's why I read fiction.
Other stories of a similar vein and recently read (not including many more):
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears
and very much recommended: Nexus
Resistance is futile. That theme pretty much plays through on every current AI story--at least at the beginning and in the transition. Then either another revolution occurs or a synergistic state evolves. In short, this whole theme is very intriguing in the world of sci-fi, and if you are a reader who has not spent much time in this theme set, you need to start somewhere. Daemon is a great start to that adventure.
Daemon presents us with a dead game maker leaving an AI legacy that is looking for the some kind of revolution at any cost. The objective of that revolution is not totally clear even at the end, but is certainly much clearer in the last 10 pages or so. The structure of using a game as a model for the AI comes out early in the story, and is fundamental to fun of reading it - especially if you do play video games.
Daemon is also the first book which also includes "Freedom" as the second installment. Be prepared to buy Freedom pretty quickly, as Daemon took only a couple of days of sporadic but concentrated reading to complete, and you will absolutely want to keep reading! Suarez wisely employs the well read Crichton method of story telling--start developing a mystery with multiple stories converging to a crescendo of action and satisfying ending with a hook to the next installment. It is a page turner, well written, and fun.
The continuing exploration of AI effects on the economy and society is the central reason to read this type of sci-fi. The transformation that takes place in so many of these stories is revolutionary and evolutionary. Who controls that revolution and evolution is the underlying theme that provides much more room for thought.
The book starts with the death of a successful gaming programmer, Matthew Sobol, who happens to be a genius and CEO of a multi million dollar company. He has embedded a type of sleeper program called a 'demon' in his games, which are played by millions of people around the world. The program activates when monitored news feeds report on Sobol's death. This sets in motion a series of events that ultimately make the "Daemon' the most powerful force in the world. This all to real scenario has the potential to bring every country in the world to its knees. The more dependent we become on technology, the higher the potential for sabotage.
I can always tell when I find a great read, because I simultaneously can't wait to find out what happens next and don't want the book to end. Such was the case with "Daemon." Luckily, there is a sequel, which I can't help but to read next. I highly recommend Daemon to anyone interested in technology, video games, or just plain excitement.