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Author
Bernard Beckett.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9780547225494
Pages/Publication Date 150/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21005
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In a stunning debut novel as rich in ideas as it is in suspense, Bernard Beckett asks, what is consciousness? And if artificial intelligence were developed to a high enough capability, what special status could humanity still claim? In a far future society, the only one to have survived a global plague, young Anax prepares for her Examination, hoping to be admitted to the Academy that governs her utopian society. But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she's been taught isn't the whole story. And the Academy isn't what she believes it to be. Beckett's slim, powerful novel earned two literary prizes in his native New Zealand.

"Anaximander, Anax for short, lives in an island nation that has survived an apocalyptic plague by constructing a great sea fence and destroying all who approach. The tightly closed society has evolved into a rigid but seemingly benign hierarchy. Anax, hoping to join the Academy—the ruling class of thinkers—must submit to an oral examination regarding her chosen subject, Adam Forde, a hero from the island's past.... But appearances can be deceiving: this slim novel of big ideas (its subject is nothing less than the nature of consciousness) ... [grips] the reader in a thrilling combination of action and ideas. And the ending is an absolute mind-blower worthy of sf's classic texts."—Booklist

 
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