Let me take a quick moment to pimp Charlie Stross’ Accelerando, which is he offering up as a free e-book at Accelerando.org. You should do the following, in this order:
1. Go and get the e-book
2. Read it with your head in a vise so that the top of your head doesn’t pop off
3. Go get the hardback when it goes on sale on July 1st (which means, realistically, it’ll start appearing in the stores beginning about now).
I’m personally very high on this book, which I think is just ridiculously overstuffed with cool ideas and situations and thought-provoking tidbits, and I’m very pleased that Charlie (and his publishers, Ace here in the US and Orbit in the UK) are open to giving people a chance to check out the goods, since I’ve been blathering about the book to anyone who asks for months, and now they’ll get a chance to check it out for themselves. It is the book to beat in 2005, and it pains me to say this, considering I’ve two books out this year as well. But there you are. I cannot lie. Check it out.