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Machine Dreams takes place in a future dangerously near, when 150 million people are crammed into an unending cityscape stretching from the Mexican border to San Francisco.
It tells the story of Anson Hockney, a gritty urban survivor who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a vast and vicious corporate war over control of a new technology when he accepts a job protecting a young boy. Anson is a classic anti-hero with a twist-- he is possessed of both an eidetic memory and a jarring amnesia. So while he can memorize the schematics of a towering skyscraper over the course of a long evening, he has almost no memory of who he is or where he is from. Somehow Anson has become an empty vessel-- and he wants to know why.
The new technology being fought over is unbelievably valuable a fusion of bioengineering and digital entertainment that will for the first time allow the recording and broadcast of all human sensations, from the most intimate kiss to death itself. The key to this technology is a secret source code. Someone has stolen it. Several private armies are about to go to war to get it back.
Anson is the person carrying the stolen code-- but he doesn't know he has it.
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Bald Mountain Books is extremely proud to be bringing Joshua Mertz's Machine Dreams to the public. Josh was one of the contributors to our last book, Harvest Tales & Midnight Revels, and his stories proved extremely popular wherever we had bookstore appearances. His new novel is a genuine page-turner-- a smart, scary, 21st Century thriller with satirical overtones and themes of addiction, ecological ruin and the power of memory. This is compelling reading.From the Back Cover:
Digital Entertainment and Biotechnology are about to merge.
In a world of permanent night... In a city of 150 million souls... In a future dangerously near...
Three men will bear witness to the violent birth of a new technology-- * Anson, the amnesiac with a photographic memory -- he can't remember his tenth birthday, but he knows the exact locations of hundreds of stolen data files hidden throughout the city... * Schlosser, the crippled genius addicted to murder-- performed for him by a hired assassin and transmitted directly to his brain... * Daniel, the twelve-year-old groomed for sexual servitude-- who is now the trophy in a multinational corporate war...
Together they will be swept up in a battle over the ultimate merger of biotech and electronic entertainment-- a new technology that hinges on a single, thousand-digit command sequence, stored on a plastic wafer. Anson is carrying the only copy... and he doesn't know he has it!
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