It is the dawn of the 22nd century, and in the sprawling metropolis known as “UbiquiCity,” the most wealthy and powerful districts possess all the latest in smart technology, with every building, device and control system connected via the Internet Of Things.
The world is augmented and identity is fluid. Satellite-guided cars drive themselves. Busy drones fill the skies. Cloud-assisted bots perform once-human jobs. Appliances, vehicles, buildings, media devices, products, streetlights, road signs, and even toilets communicate electronically, all under the watchful eye of the AI CitySystem. For the inhabitants of the UbiComp zones, life is sweet.
But not everyone in the city is so blessed.
UbiquiCity Book 2: Undercurrents – now available!
Return to the city of ubiquitous computing, and learn how the other half lives. Stories by Irene Bassett, Brad Cole, D.M. Dore, Jens Durke, S.L. Koch, G. Dean Manuel, Adrian McCauley and Rick Rosenkranz paint a collaborative picture of our augmented future world.
UbiquiCity is a work of collaborative fiction, wherein an entire world is created by a group of extraordinary writers. It is envelope-pushing at many levels, not least for its scope (especially technologically) as well as for the masterful way that the myriad characters and storylines are intertwined.
It is so unique and engaging that I had to read it twice — this was one of those rare reading experiences where I turned the final page and… started right over again from the beginning. Several of the stories were so haunting that they revisited me for days afterward. Thanks to the hyperrealistic way that technology is incorporated into and used in the fabric of the world, it sparks some deep introspection about the trajectory we’re on as a species.
The UbiquiCity Project richly deserves to be continued and expanded.
~ JP Parker
Authors: Niko Carcosa, Antony Copeland, Tod Davies, Tod Foley, DeAnna Knippling, SL Koch, Shariann Lewitt, Adrian McCauley, and T Reynolds
Nine authors collaborate to build a “Smart City” of the first world 100 years in the future, examining the results of projected modern trends such as ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, biotech, anti-aging and green technologies – alongside corporate governance and social upheaval. “UbiquiCity” is a work of interwoven fiction that might turn out to be very real.
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