BATTLE FOR MINDSHARE
In the times of the transhumans…
The human upgrade economy is in full swing. Life has never been better. “What did people do before you could be anything you wanted to be?” asks Doc Holiday’s assistant. “I have no idea. Must have been a hell of an existence,” she replies.
Doc Holiday is the Sister Theresa of her times, handing out new leases on life to military vets with PTSD, and new limbs in the form of cybernetic enhancements. From her seat at the head of New York’s premier upgrade hospital, she oversees all chiphead implants. She also supervises the advancements to mindchips that allow humans to adapt to any new task on the fly in order to keep up with a supercharged economy driven by the chipheads themselves.
But the chipheads who have officially kicked off Singularity, a time characterized most of all by a post-exponential rate of change, unwittingly open the lid on Pandora’s Box. The question is, can she and her long-term on and off again lover, private dick, Rake Madden, close the lid in time before the runaway effects destroy them all?
With the most advanced mindchip ever made, created for him by the open-source coalition, Rake devotes himself to unearthing conspiracies against the public interest. He fears unscrupulous individuals and coalitions are finding it ironically easy to get the best of the upgraded humans who delight too much in creating new worlds to worry much about who’s in charge of this one and what they’re doing to the present. That’s the loophole that needs closing if Singularity is not to become a progressive Apocalypse.