NEUROLINK: Review from Entertainment Weekly

Neurolink Review
from Entertainment Weekly by Noah Robischon

Twenty-third-century banker Dominic Jedes must cope with a high-tech replica of his tyranical deceased father as well as a worker rebellion on a sunken submarine. Log-line, Wall Street meetes The Empire Strikes Back. Source of angst, the workers expected Jedes to offer a deal to rescue everyone, but “he was a banker, not a miracle worker.” Key concepts, utopian recycling, bio-modification. Lowdown, Dante’s Inferno goes cyberpunk in Buckner’s toxic future tale of working-class bravado. A-.

HYPERTHOUGHT: Book Review by Galen Strickland

by Galen Strickland,

This is the first novel from M. M. (Mary) Buckner, from Ace Books, one of the most prestigious publishers of SF. I agree with the quotes above; it is a very impressive debut, and I look forward to further works from her. If I had been her editor, there might have been a few minor changes, but for the most part this is a book I think we will be hearing about next year when it comes time for awards nominations (although lately I have begun to wonder if I have any idea what appeals to other readers and writers). [Added note: this book was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, presented to the best novel published as a paperback original, however it did not win.] (more…)

2003 Phillip K Dick Award Nominees Announced

For Immediate Release: January 5th, 2004

The judges of the 2003 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society are pleased to announce six nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:

HYPERTHOUGHT by M. M. Buckner (Ace Books)
CLADE by Mark Budz (Bantam Spectra)
DANTE’S EQUATION by Jane Jensen (Del Rey)
ALTERED CARBON by Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey)
SPIN STATE by Chris Moriarty (Bantam Spectra)
STEEL HELIX by Ann Tonsor Zeddies (Del Rey) (more…)

HYPERTHOUGHT: Book Review by John Snider

Book Review: HYPERTHOUGHT by M.M. Buckner
by John C. Snider,

By the mid-21st century, global warming has rendered the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. The population live mostly in crowded underground cities far from the equator, breathing processed air – their governments run by draconian mega-corporations called “.Coms”.

Jolie Sauvage caters to the very “Commie” overlords she despises, arranging thrilling tours of the surface using special “surfsuits”. When Jin Airlangga Sura, the movie-star son of the lord of Pacific.Com, joins one of Jolie’s tours, she finds herself smitten by him. He is not the haughty socialite she expected – indeed, he appears to have a kind heart and a burning desire to change the oppressive society created by the likes of his father. Jolie introduces Jin to her friend Judith Merida, a kooky-but-seemingly-harmless “doctor” who claims to have developed a nanotech procedure that will allow patients to experience reality at the quantum level. Jin sees this as the perfect opportunity to find a way to solve the world’s problems – but Jolie sees it as a quick ticket to a frontal lobotomy! Is “hyperthought” possible, or just one of Dr. Merida’s cons? (more…)