By John Barnes
Currie Culver is set fifty-five years previous, in sturdy overall healthiness, dwelling in a comfy retirement within the Rockies together with his spouse. within the wake of the Meme Wars that swept the planet generations sooner than, Currie, his spouse, and nearly each person on the earth have of their minds a duplicate of 1 precise, software program that provides its hosts constrained telepathy and instills a type of normal cooperation.
In his more youthful days, Currie hunted "comboys"--people who had unplugged from the worldwide internet so as to stay away from One actual, and who concealed in wasteland components, surviving through raiding the outposts of civilization. Now Currie is termed again into provider to seize the final comboy nonetheless at huge, a guy who calls himself Lobo. along with his excessive tech gear, completely plugged into the worldwide web, Currie units out to deliver Lobo in.
Instead, Lobo captures Currie, and manages to deprogram him. Thrown again at the assets of his personal intelligence, braveness, and knowledge for the 1st time in twenty-five years, Currie unearths himself in a conflict of minds together with his captor . . . with effects that may switch the lives of all people on Earth.
In the simplest culture of John W. Campbell and Robert A. Heinlein, Candle is a unique approximately individualism and society that would go away readers breathless, arguing, and critical more.
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