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Tech­nol­ogy is a strange thing. What’s new to­day is old to­mor­row; what we think the fu­ture looks like is heav­ily tinted by the tech­no­log­i­cal level we are at to­day. Dan Sim­mon’s epic duol­ogy

pro­vides both clas­si­cal and sci-fi buffs a jolt of adren­a­line with a story that un­folds from three dif­fer­ent the­aters of play that is set on a col­li­sion path with one an­other. On Mars, pow­er­ful be­ings that have taken on the ap­pear­ance and roles of an­cient Greek gods such as Zeus amuse them­selves with an eter­nal reen­act­ment of the Tro­jan wars from Homer’s Iliad. On Earth, a con­troled habi­tat of ‘old­style hu­mans’ live in ap­par­ent nir­vana, pro­vided for by the tech­nol­ogy left be­hind by their post-hu­man fore­fa­thers that have evolved be­yond hu­man be­ings. And on Jupiter, a sen­tient ro­bot race is sent to in­ves­ti­gate an alarm­ing spike of en­ergy em­mis­sions em­i­nat­ing from Mars. The nov­els cover many ar­eas of sci­ence in­clud­ing ge­net­ics, string the­ory, quan­tum the­ory and nan­otech­nol­ogy; clev­erly com­bin­ing its sci-fi el­e­ments into clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary set­tings. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the fu­ture holds, paints a very be­liev­able pic­ture.

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