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Stealing Worlds

Stealing Worlds

Karl Schroeder

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From Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep, comes the near-future, science fiction, hacker’s heist, Stealing Worlds.

Sura Neelin is on the run from her creditors, from her past, and her father’s murderers. She can’t get a job, she can’t get a place to live, she can’t even walk down the street: the total surveillance society that is mid-21st century America means that every camera and every pair of smart glasses is her enemy.

But Sura might have a chance in the alternate reality of the games. People can disappear in the LARP game worlds, into the alternate economy of Notchcoin and blockchains. The people who build the games also program the surveillance networks—she just needs an introduction, and the skills to play.

Turns out, she has very valuable skills, and some very surprising friends.

CHAPTER ONE


On a warm night in June, Sura Neelin walks past the homes where her friends once lived, past her old high school and the corner store where she used to buy Popsicles. She turns down a gravel-surfaced alley canopied by...

Praise for Stealing Worlds

Praise for Stealing Worlds

“Lesser writers use technology as a metaphor; Schroeder is a master of rigor in technological speculation. Part prophet, part critic, Schroeder is a hell of a storyteller.”—Cory Doctorow

“Karl Schroeder seizes cyberpunk traditions and larps them into the onrushing era of blockchains, sentient contracts and rapid-paced convulsions of reality!”—David Brin, author of The Postman and Existence.

“This is a vivid exploration of what the coming decades might really be like, combining several major contemporary forces for change, like AI and climate change and online gaming, in a startling new vision. Add a tense plot and engaging characters, and the result is science fiction at its best.”—Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of New York: 2140

Praise for Lockstep

“It is easily the most invigorating, most scientifically curious book I've ever read that's written in a way that both young people and adults can enjoy it. It's a bookthat will make everyone who reads it smarter.”—Cory Doctorow, author of Walk Away

“There's a gee-whiz wonderment quality to the Lockstep that's infectious. It's also incredibly gratifying to find such a universe.” —iO9

“Schroeder consistently has fascinating science fictional ideas and manages to make them into unputdownable stories with real characters.”—Jo Walton

“Schroeder brilliantly explores what hibernation might give—and take from—humanity. Sure, we'll get the stars. But who contro… More…



Praise for Stealing Worlds

“Lesser writers use technology as a metaphor; Schroeder is a master of rigor in technological speculation. Part prophet, part critic, Schroeder is a hell of a storyteller.”—Cory Doctorow

“Karl Schroeder seizes cyberpunk traditions and larps them into the onrushing era of blockchains, sentient contracts and rapid-paced convulsions of reality!”—David Brin, author of The Postman and Existence.

“This is a vivid exploration of what the coming decades might really be like, combining several major contemporary forces for change, like AI and climate change and online gaming, in a startling new vision. Add a tense plot and engaging characters, and the result is science fiction at its best.”—Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of New York: 2140

Praise for Lockstep

“It is easily the most invigorating, most scientifically curious book I've ever read that's written in a way that both young people and adults can enjoy it. It's a bookthat will make everyone who reads it smarter.”—Cory Doctorow, author of Walk Away

“There's a gee-whiz wonderment quality to the Lockstep that's infectious. It's also incredibly gratifying to find such a universe.” —iO9

“Schroeder consistently has fascinating science fictional ideas and manages to make them into unputdownable stories with real characters.”—Jo Walton

“Schroeder brilliantly explores what hibernation might give—and take from—humanity. Sure, we'll get the stars. But who controls when you'll wake up?”—David Brin

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Karl Schroeder

KARL SCHROEDER lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and daughter. He is the author of New York Times Notable book Ventus as well as the acclaimed Virga steampunk space opera series. A member of the Association of Professional Futurists, Karl consults and speaks about the future as well as writing about it.

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