MultiReal (#2)

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Natch has just won his first battle with the Defense and Wellness Council for control of MultiReal technology. But now the Council has unleashed the ruthless cunning of Lieutenant Executive Magan Kai Lee. Lee decides that if Natch’s company can’t be destroyed from without, it must be destroyed from within.

As black code continues to eat away at Natch’s sanity, he faces a mutiny from his own apprentices, a legal onslaught from the government, and the return of enemies old and new. In desperation, the entrepreneur turns to some unlikely allies: a radical politician with an agenda of his own, and a childhood enemy to whom he has done a terrible wrong.

Natch’s struggle will take him from the halls of power in Melbourne to the ruined cities of the diss. Hanging in the balance is the fate of MultiReal, a technology that could end the tyranny of the Council forever—or give the Council the ultimate weapon of oppression.


“Edelman brings fresh air to the technological thriller […] MULTIREAL itself is firmly established as one of the most fascinating singularity technologies in years.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Edelman] brings all the intellectual firepower and verisimilitude of the digerati like Sterling, Stross and Doctorow to his text. And the ontological twists and implications of MultiReal would do honor to Greg Egan […] Once you realize that Natch is less Neo than he is Steve Jobs, you’re in for a swell ride.”

Sci-Fi Weekly

"Just when we thought cyberpunk was dead, David Louis Edelman bursts on the scene with defibrillator paddles and shouts, 'Clear!' If there's any web more tangled than the World Wide one, it's the Byzantine networks of high finance; Edelman intermeshes them in a complex, compelling series. This DOES compute!"

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of HOMINIDS

"David Louis Edelman's vision of the future is so alive and full of energy the pages are practically buzzing. Wonderfully intricate with smart, satisfying complexity, INFOQUAKE and its sequel MULTIREAL serve up a world where mindbending technologies promise a freedom nearly as endless as the Machiavellian ambitions of those who would control them."

Nick Sagan, author of IDLEWILD, EDENBORN and EVERFREE

Awards & Accolades


io9: “Best Science Fiction Books of 2008”


#4 Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist: “Top 10 SFF Books of 2008”


SFF World: “Favourite Five New SF Books of 2008”