Imagine a near-future world where one giant corporation has become so influential that no single government dare oppose it -- not even the mighty USA. A company so powerful that it can establish an independent country to serve as its unassailable headquarters. That company is Tycom, and its founder - Thomas Tye - has made it his evangelical mission to save the Earth from eImagine a near-future world where one giant corporation has become so influential that no single government dare oppose it -- not even the mighty USA. A company so powerful that it can establish an independent country to serve as its unassailable headquarters. That company is Tycom, and its founder - Thomas Tye - has made it his evangelical mission to save the Earth from ecological ruin. Already the orbital installations that can manipulate this battered planet's climate are near completion -- while the military backing of an erstwhile superpower is guaranteed. But Tom Tye's seeming altruism carries a price that the rest of the developed world is no longer prepared to pay."Emergence" is the dramatic and multi-layered story of a hydra-headed fight against Tycom and its despotic master. But will our planet be a better place without him?...
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Clearing out my "currently reading" shelf of books that I abandoned. This was a second reading. It was only starting reading it again in 2012 that I realised how much this book influenced my own fiction, especially the tech and themes in Minding Tomorrow. The second reading felt like reading the results of a self-experiment, where laid bare is all the things you think aren't original but constructed from subconscious thought, but instead says "yeah, you just read that all in a book eight years before writing your own novel, but forgot about it."
What Really Happened Here?First, this book contains a level of vocabulary that I’ve not seen since my college days, words that I had to look up because I’d never seen them... anywhere until I read this book.Next, what really happened? Was this a book about an out of control corporation bent on taking over the world (and in some very inventive ways) or was this a book about an AI that showed up and ready to get rid of its human creators? Was this a book about a megalomaniacal leader of the aforementioned corporation and his special brand of insanity - being born male but gender reassigned as female - and now, as at least chemically male - he’s seeking revenge of some kind?I really don’t know. I kept waiting for something to happen and while some things did, maybe it’s me but everything seemed to not be all that connected. So it’s corporate behaviors gone wild, technology that has somehow turned into a life-ending menace and the emergence of a nascent intelligent as seen in the person of... a caterpillar named Jed.I don’t know what really happened but, sure, read this book and and see if you know what really happened here...
Emergence is almost the biography of (the fictional) world's richest man. Thomas Tye heads a corporation so large it has soverignship of an island, has purchased the world's finest minds and is accountable to noone. Emergence follows multiple strands of scientific development and their effects upon Earth and its people, for the better or the worse. The science developed is near future and Emergence's success lies in the credibility of its science fiction. Hammond creates a dazzling vision of the future - with tantalizing forethought. However, what happens when one man owns it all? Emergence, although lengthy, will create an answer that you may or may not like - read it and find out. Fascinating fiction.
I read science fiction often. this is one of the best sci-fi books I have read in a few years. While it is set primarily on earth in the not to distant future, an amazing amount of science knowledge and information is used to create a true sci-fi great. The characters are fully developed as are threads of a complex tale. My only disappointment was that I finished the book and it was over. I'll read it again because there was so much in the science and other background that I want to review again. Mr. Hammond makes the story and the events in it as well as the science very readable and believable. Read and enjoy a real sci-fi gem
Confusing I really wanted to like this story... the author is very gifted with description, and had very clever ideas. There were so many ideas that were undeveloped, and the primary point of the story was obfuscated by the meaningless details. I usually rush forward toward the end of a story because of anticipation of understanding a central point... but in this case I was just trying to get to the end to finish a tale that was unsatisfying. I hate to pan this author.. obviously very talented, but editor failed in making this a great read.
I'm ambivalentThere are some good things about this book, there is plenty of science and technology extrapolated out 10 - 20 years; and the extrapolations seem reasonable. However, there are many annoying things as well. The book is too long, with too many characters and too many subplots, which are clumsily tied together. Mr. H needs a better editor, badly. Also the gratuitous use of archaic English terms that almost no one will recognize seems an attempt to impress the reader, rather than get ideas across. Parsimony is also an old English term!
To many descriptive and informational words.I'm not a college scholar so when there are to many descriptive and informational words I tend to get bored. I'm a slow reader as it is so when I get bored it makes me read a lot slower. The last chapter was a good chapter kept me on my toes. The only thing that kinda turned me away from the book was how fast the story ended. It was just getting interesting! I have it 4 stars because it was an ok book.
ExcellentLoved the plot. Loved the characters. Loved the science. It had everything I could ask for in a good read.....and more. Just bought another book by Ray Hammond.
This is not actually supposed to be a Fictional Book: The Book was actually written as a prediction for the future by World Famous Futurologist, Ray Hammond! This guy has lectured to employee's of the most famous companies round the world including IBM, Microsoft, Coke and Apple. This book was originally about Bill Gates, if you've read it then you'll see that im correct!
How easy it would be for the reliance the world has on technology to be manipulated by one man or one corporation and what disaster would occur should that technology fail