Nexus by Ramez Naam

Nexus is a gripping piece of near future speculation, riffing on the latest developments in cognition enhancement. With all the grit and pace of the Bourne films, this is a clever and confident debut by a writer expertly placed to speculate about where we’re heading. Unlike a lot of SF, this novel dares to look the future square in the eye.”
Alastair Reynolds, bestselling author of Revelation Space and Blue Remembered Earth

“Any old writer can take you on a roller coaster ride, but it takes a wizard like Ramez Naam to take you on the same ride while he builds the roller coaster a few feet in front of your plummeting car… you’ll want to read it before everyone’s talking about it.”
John Barnes, author of the Timeline Wars and Daybreak series


Winner of the Prometheus Award 2014
Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2014
Shortlisted for the Kitchies Award 2014
Shortlisted for the Prometheus Award 2014

Nexus by Ramez NaamMankind gets an upgrade

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link human together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage – for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Humanity 2.0 | Mind Matters | Hive | This Will Happen ]

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Book Info:

UK Print
Date: 3rd January 2013
ISBN: 9780857662927
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 18th December 2012
ISBN: 9780857662934
Format: Large (Trade) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$14.99 CAN$16.99

Ebook
Date: 18th December 2012
ISBN: 9780857662941
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

Other Books in This Series:

2. Crux (September 2013)
3. Apex (November 2014)

Buying Info:

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Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
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Audiobook
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Praise and Reviews:

“A dazzlingly clever and well informed near-future extrapolation, and also an outrageously exciting and cinematic shoot ‘n punch ‘em up. A ‘smart thriller’ in all senses of that phrase. Ramez Naam really does know how to make you turn that page. If you are posthuman or transhuman this is an absolute must-read for you; and even mere mortals will love it.”
- Philip Palmer, author of Version 43 and Hell Ship

“Ramez Naam is one of those unrelenting authors who, from the very first page, grabs you roughly by the scruff of the neck and screams right into your face. His talent as a storyteller is unequivocal; his prose both startlingly bold and darkly intelligent, making Nexus one of the most intensely compelling and original debut novels I’ve read in a very, very long time. His breathtaking expertise and confidence as a writer makes Naam the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.”
- Scott Harrison, author of Archangel

Nexus is the most brilliant hard SF thriller I’ve read in years. It’s smart, it’s gripping, and it describes a chilling reality that is all-too-plausible… Ramez Naam is a name to watch for.”
- Brenda Cooper, author of The Silver Ship and the Sea and The Creative Fire

“An incredibly imaginative, action-packed intellectual romp! Ramez Naam has turned the notion of human liberty and freedom on its head by forcing the question: Technology permitting, should we be free to radically alter our physiological and mental states?”
- Dani KollinPrometheus award winning author of The Unincorporated Man

“Ramez Naam’s debut novel Nexus is a superbly plotted high-tension technothriller about a War-on-Drugs-style crackdown on brain/computer interfaces … full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity … excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology, making a hell of a read.”
- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“It’s good. Scary good. Take a chance and stop reading now and have a great time reading a bleeding edge technical thriller that is full of surprises.”
- James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com’s GeekDad blog

“a fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You’ll be mulling over the implications of Nexus — the book and the drug — long after you put the book down.”
- Annalee Newitz, IO9.com

“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.”
- SFX Magazine

“the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing”
- Publishers Weekly

“Mr. Naam sees all the angles of future technology almost too imaginatively to keep up with … Nexus joins Paul McAuley’s Fairyland (1995) as a double-edged vision of the post-human.”
- Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal

“This sophisticated page-turning techno-thriller is one of my favorite stories of all time … Naam is remarkable in his ability to address deep philosophical concepts while keeping the story line light, fast, and action-packed.”
- Stephen L. Macknik, Scientific American Illusion Chasers blog

“Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel … Naam has set himself a difficult challenge here: he’s telling a story in which much of the action and dialogue takes place inside the characters’ minds. But he succeeds admirably”.
- David Pitt, BookList

“a very readable book … deals with real world ramifications of next-generation technology in a believable, if somewhat scary, fashion. It’s accurate without being boring, and action-packed without being trite or vapid.”
- Matthew S. Dent, Interzone

“A Riveting Sci-Fi Thriller … This is a fantastic novel that sci-fi fans must read.”
- Barbara Cothern, Portland Book Review

“As a story told from the intersection of theoretical neuroscience and contemporary geopolitical issues, Nexus is a fascinating study into how technology might inform human evolution.”
- Adam Shaftoe, The Page of Reviews

“Ramez Naam presents an interesting world and characters 30 years hence strongly grounded in the real life research and speculation he was hitherto best known for … An interesting and intriguing fiction debut from a non fiction pioneer in bio-technological issues.”
- Paul Weimer, SF Signal

“Ramez writes excellent action sequences, incorporating his technology well, and the lives at stake are more than just cardboard cutouts. No one in this story is “as meets the eye,’”
- Timothy C. Ward

“One is never quite sure who the good guys are in [Nexus] and the web of intrigue, lies, secrets and tech just gets more complex as the story goes on … [the] writing style is perfect for the nonstop action and minute to minute plot twists”.
- Frishawn Rasheed, WTF Are You Reading?

“This story is for anyone that enjoys a action packed sci-fi thriller with things that could be possible in the near future.”
- Sammy, Open Book Society

“Naam has a visual style with his words which leads to one experiencing cinematic scenes rather than being swamped with textbook exposition.”
- Trevor Hogg, Flickering Myth

Nexus by Ramez Naam reminds me of my favorite science fiction authors: Cory Doctorow with dystopia/government conspiracy themes, Michael Crichton with unexpected twists and action/adventure, Arthur C. Clarke because everything Ramez Naam described has a scientific background.”
- Dragana Mitrovic,

Nexus was a fabulous read. The plot was riveting and this near future SF thriller was not just exciting because of its action scenes, but also because of the questions it poses the reader. It’s a compelling, intelligent and, above all, fun story that will keep you reading for far longer than you intended.”
- Mieneke van der Salm, A Fantastical Librarian

“Great and thought provoking stuff reminiscent of Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson or Accelerando by Charles Stross.”
- Upcoming4me.com

“If it isn’t the cinematic handling of some very futuristic images or the curious immersion of cybernetic pondering into the narrative flow; Ramez Naam’s Nexus will impress a reader with one very unusual device: it is the unadulterated humanity with its entire heritage that is the most alien and unfamiliar of this world.”
- Katherine McCarthy, Institute for Emerging Ethics & Technologies

“Nexus was a great debut and I can not wait to see what Ramez Naam comes up with next. Highly recommended.”
- Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Book Review

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this for anyone looking for a good action yarn — it’s fast-paced, feels very hip and happening (even a bit “modern cyberpunk”-ish), and the author’s voice is genuinely refreshing.”
- R. A. Bardy, for the British Fantasy Society

“Michael Crichton has nothing on Ramez Naam when it comes to writing fast-paced scientific thrillers that ooze with authenticity. I could not put Nexus down and literally read until my eyes were crossed.”
- Merikay Noah, Popcorn Reads

“readers will enjoy the excitement as Kade does his best to keep his friends safe and yet remain true to his own belief. Naam provides plenty of action and high body counts.”
- Mel Jacob, SF Revu

Nexus was definitely a thriller! This book made me think and I love books like that.”
- Think at Think Books

Nexus is a story everyone should read. As a cautionary tale, it will likely be considered in league with Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World in the years to come. The question is, will we learn from this one?”
- Jessica Nelson, AllwaysUnmended

“This is an action movie in book form. It’s Demolition Man, Replicant, Eagle Eye, Time Cop and all of those action Sci-Fi films we love to watch with a few beers, snacks and friends.”
- Ninja Ross, Trash Mutant

“Basically, it’s made of awesome … I LOVED this book and highly recommend it to fans of near-future science fiction, action/adventure, explosions, spies, and adrenaline rushes.”
- Char, Apocalypse Mama

“Naam writes clear prose that, if not particularly lush, is well suited to the kind of story he tells. Action scenes are vivid and more imaginative than most thriller writers manage. Once the background is established, the pace is furious.”
- Tzer Island

“The story is tense and exciting, with that ‘just one more chapter’ addictive quality to it.”
- Sarah Watkins, And The I Read a Book

“Wow. I mean seriously, wow. This book is seriously science fiction, but like most good sci-fi reads, it is also a fantastic story outside of the science.”
- C. Michael Miller

“If you are looking for a powerfully stimulating book … about where things are going, with a complex hero / protagonist / antagonist structure, plenty of twists and turns, and great scifi that intersects with our reality, go get a copy of Nexus right now.”
- Brad Feld

“I was worried that since this book was so ‘Far-future and Technologically based’ that it would be somewhat dull and action-less. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Start to finish Nexus is a thrill ride taking main character Kade into one unforgettable scene after another.”
- Liam at The Troubled Scribe

“Get your radar out | Acquire Ramez Naam | Lock On, And Read”
- Richard’s SF Ramblings

“I expected to read the book a little at a time over the course of the con and then sporadically throughout my flights home, but that was not to be the case. It was too good for me to space it out.”
- hstoffelreviews

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