Title: The Shockwave Rider
Publisher: Ballantine Books/Del Rey
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Book Condition: New
Unmarked, unread 5th printing (10/84) on lightly tanning pages. No flaws. Murray Tinkelman cover art (different than shown here). Other Brunner titles in stock. Bookseller Inventory # 009154
Synopsis: A Science Fiction Book Club Selection
"When John Brunner first told me of his intention to write this book, I was fascinated -- but I wondered whether he, or anyone, could bring it off. Bring it off he has -- with cool brilliance. A hero with transient personalities, animals with souls, think tanks and survival communities fuse to form a future so plausibly alive it has twitched at me ever since."
-- Alvin Toffler
Author of Future Shock
He Was The Most Dangerous Fugitive Alive, But He Didn't Exist!
Nickie Haflinger had lived a score of lifetimes...but technically he didn't exist. He was a fugitive from Tarnover, the high-powered government think tank that had educated him. First he had broken his identity code -- then he escaped.
Now he had to find a way to restore sanity and personal freedom to the computerized masses and to save a world tottering on the brink of disaster.
He didn't care how he did it...but the government did. That's when his Tarnover teachers got him back in their labs...and Nickie Haflinger was set up for a whole new education!
Review: This book has always been popular with the techy-geeky crowd, but, since it was first published in the '70s, it missed out on the cyberpunk revolution of the '80s. It's too bad, because this is a compelling story of a future world tied together by a universal data network, a world that could be our tomorrow. It's a tense place filled with information overload and corporate domination, and nearly everything is known about everybody. Except Nickie Haflinger, a prodigy whose talents allow him to switch identities with a phone call. Nickie plans to change the world, if only he can keep from getting caught.
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