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3 out of 5 starsI stumbled upon Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe at the library recently It isn t a new release I hadn t been familiar with the author and I can t recall ever hearing about the "Novel So Naturally I Checked It Out "So naturally I checked it out knowing nothing but what the flap copy said this this was a cyberpunk story with rock and roll AIs and technology And you know what It was a lot of funThere is a lot oing on in Radio Freefall It is the story of an Earth coming together under one KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! government of political unrest of billionaires controlling everyone and everything they can sentient computer viruses and autonomous AIs It is also the story of a musician finallyetting the fame he deserves of a new band shooting towards stardom and of learning to trust I loved reading about Aualung and the success of the band I also loved reading about the AIs Digital Carnivore and WebCense s takeover And I loved when these two seemingly separate plots wove togetherThese many threads start out as several separate plot lines with the narrative switching between Aualung and uin especially in the beginning of the novel However all of these threads come together to weave a complex tale of music technology and politics Our main characters are not saints though Despite being extraordinarily ifted at their respective careers both have their flaws uin is paranoid Aualung is slow to trust and uncomfortable iving out advice to his younger band mates even when the advice is looked forThe novel was a fun read The Freefall technology was interesting The concept of a world overnment coming together was fun
To Read About And read about and probably appeal to fans of Malka Older s Centennal Cycle series The AIs their autonomy and subculture was also fascinating Some of the world building could have been fleshed out a bit For all of the AIs in the story we don t know much about them or their culture Walter Cheeseman head of WebCense seems to have no motives for his actions other than reed and feels a bit two dimensionalWhile the conclusion left little to the imagination wrapping all the threads of the story together uite nicely it did feel just a little rushed We learn what happens to Aualung and the rest of his band members through a news article not through the dialogue or prose that comprised the majority of the rest of the novel This certainly provided proper closure to multiple character s story lines but it created a certain distance that wasn t pre. In the tradition of Robert A Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but with a healthy dose of cyberpunk Radio Freefall is about a plot to take over the Earth by power mad sociopathic computer eek billionaire Walter Cheeseman It's up to a strange cast of rock stars ,
Rned from a Napster 10 like program into a super intelligence living in the InternetThe rock star is part of a movement called Feedback the idea is that the band can shape their performance based on the emotional and cognitive real time feedback from the audience as the show happens The programmer investigates the nature of the DC Both take the lead however unwillingly to fight against a world dominated by one company that knows everything about your lifeIt didn t affect how I thought of this book my wife worked with the author That s how I found out about the book Jarpe "MATTHEW RADIO FREEFALL TOR 2007MATTHEW JARPE SEEMS TO HAVE "Radio Freefall Tor 2007Matthew Jarpe seems to have up a promising start as a science fiction author for a no doubt lucrative job in the straight world but Radio Freefall ives us a ood hint at what we are missing In a near future world a number of AIs have become sentient as has a virus that has infected almost every chip on the planet Corporate bigwigs want control and to et it they have to track down the hackers who originally created the virus We also follow the career of an aging blues rock musician with tech skills who uses a computer program to read and control the mood of his audience The tech is believable and the whole thing reads like a William Gibson novel mashed up with the 1984 film Eddie and the Cruisers about the musician who pulls a Rimbaud like disappearing act Maybe it is time for Jarpe to make his comeback This is a uiet book with a beating heart a portrait of a lived in future The story is adeuate the setting convincing and the characters sympathetic This is not a story which will set the world ablaze with revolution and mayhem rather a thoughtful future scenario that explores human choices in a technological complex Dystopias Mesagerul get all the press because they are sensational but this is the sort of story that actually helps people cope in a world which can seem out of control In Matthew Jarpe s debut a megalomaniac software billionaire wants to take over the world Arrayed against this dastardly plan are a disparate bunch of rock stars andenius hackers who Mix eek culture with rock band culture with drug culture and put it all in the near ish future and you have a ood rock band culture with drug culture and put it all in the near ish future and you have a ood This book is oddly compelling and I look forward to from this authorI love it when I find such an original work at the local library I make it a point to try a new author each time I head over there This book made me continue the practice. And then something like the Singularity happens but no one is uite sure This is a novel of cyberpunk and rock and roll of technology artificial intelligence and wild riffs off of Heinlein all mixed into an explosive debut Matthew Jarpe launches his SF career with a ba.
Matthew Jarpe Û 8 DownloadSent in the rest of the novelDespite this Radio Freefall was a fun read overall I enjoyed my time with this book and would definitely read books by Matthew Jarpe If you like cyberpunk or rock and roll I would suggest iving this book a readThis review can be originally found on Looking Glass Reads This delightful SF novel s
ACTION RANGES FROM DES MOINES TO SPACE STATION FREEFALLranges from Des Moines to space station Freefall CEO of a computer company motto be evil wants to take over the Earth and the Moon His embittered ex employee wants his stolen invention back The lead singer of a rock band is on the run from the mob Add artificial intelligences and revolution and the result is a fine first novel and a fun "RIDE RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF NETS "Recommended for fans of nets drugs n rock n roll A surprisingly insightful read perhaps even a bit clairvoyant But ultimately it s primarily a fun sci fi romp through rock concerts corporate espionage What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers global unification in Guadalajara Moon and satellite nations AIs and false identities Radio Freefall has at its heart a uestion of the nuts and bolts of what makes us who we are our origins our personality our moods our tastes It refrains fromiving a clear answer but it certainly takes joy in its individualism The author is a former student of my advisor s as can be told by a number of biological chemistry references in the story such as the hit band Sex Lethal a famous ene in sex determination in Drosophila or the evil corporation LDL low density lipoprotein collouially known as bad cholesterolPleasant enough to read if you like science fiction but best not scrutinize the plot too carefully Radio Freefall was Recommended To Me By to me by friend who has read hundreds of books I did not have a musicalband background so much of that aspect of the book was new to me but the futuristic picture painted by Jarpe was very realistic as was his insight into eek culture I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to any sci fi or music fans hardback The book crams a lot of ideas AI evolved computer virus music a Bill GatesGoogle stand in and even a space station and Lunar colony It How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar generally works well and since the ideas are interesting it makes aood readThe story follows 2 characters as they More scary stories for sleep-overs grapple with the onset of a unified Earthovernment headed by the Gates surrogate We have a rock star as one protagonist and a eek programmer who worked for the evil corporation before etting canned Both of them have links to the Digital Carnivore which has tu. Nd oddballs to stop him Aualung a mysterious blues musician who also has superhuman tech skills might be the catalyst for the resistance or he might just be the pawn of artificial intelligences To thwart the takeover the orbitals and the moon colonies secede from Earth.