Crescent City Rhapsody
Copyright 2000 by
Kathleen Ann Goonan
I first read this in September 2001.
Marie Laveau business tycoon and on her way to becoming Voudoun Queen of
New Orleans is assassinated. But that's OK, they have the
technology, they can rebuild her. Of course, it's a slow and painful
process. But she'll recover and find her killers and they'll also
undergo something of a slow and painful process.
Meanwhile, world-wide, a massive electromagnetic pulse stops all radio
transmission, wrecking computers, communication equipment and power
distribution. After a few hours the pulse fades, but returns later
more frequently and with increasing duration.
And since the pulses seem to be of alien origin rather than natural
phenomena, the government aim to contain and control the information and
the knowledge that may lead from it, using as governments usually
do, any means necessary.
Zeb is one of the few who detected an underlying signal to the first
electromagnetic. In the government's view he holds important information
and his silence must be assured.
All over the world children are born whose biochemistry is uniquely
sensitive to these electromagnetic silences.
Civilisation struggles to endure and recover from the chaos these EMPs
cause. However, to survive in this new world is going to require some
Thrilling in places, lyrical and well-written. Full of interesting
characters, particularly Zeb, of course, and quite a sense of fun and
enjoyment amid the tragedies.
But for me it missed the mark, there were two many ideas and threads
introduced but undeveloped and abandoned. I felt no great pressure to
read through to the end and doubt I'll read the next in the series unless
as emergency plane-fodder.
What's it got? nanotechnology, bio-computing, and ecological disaster.
Loaded on the 23rd September 2001.