The Vinestead Anthology is a series of novels by Daniel Verastiqui that take place in the same universe and occasionally with the same characters.
Beginning with the first book, Xronixle, the alternate Vinestead universe is initially established in Austin, Texas in a 1999 with far better technology, including a worldwide, fully immersive virtual reality known as The Net. Book two, Veneer, takes place years later and examines the final form of augmented reality once it has replaced normal sight.
In book three, Perion Synthetics, robotic humans are introduced, as are the problems inherent in creating artificial intelligence and copying human minds. Por Vida, the fourth book in the Vinestead Anthology, looks at the world decades after Perion Synthetics when human to synthetic transference is commonplace, and unsurprisingly, abused.
Upcoming entries in the Anthology include Hybrid Mechanics, which follows a synthetic soldier during the last battle in the inevitable war between humans and synthetics. Also forthcoming, the tentatively titled Brigham Plaza, takes places a few years after Perion Synthetics, and draws together story lines from several books to create one unending rampage of techno-destruction centered around celebrity hacker-for-hire Danny “Guns” Montreal.
Thoroughly addicted Great read! This is the 3rd+ in a series that I’ve been enjoying immensely. I think this is the best book yet purely based on the storytelling and the entertaining and real personalities participating in the author’s unfolding story. The story as told is a perfect melding of broad revolutionary ideas with a […]
Another great book by Verastiqui. If you like science fiction to be the kind that seems truly possible, then read this book. A world where wars are fought by robots and where an expiring physical body can be exchanged for a semi-immortal ‘sleeve’ make this book truly thought provoking. The author does a great job […]
i won this book from goodreads….. and im so glad i did i didnt want to put this book down! the plot is awesome (with twist) the characters are great this is the type of book i love .. you can see the story play in your head as you read and its one heck […]
Before you buy a synthetic human, read this book. This story covers so much ground thoughtfully — and quickly. The future of news media, the power of big business, the social impacts of technology, the morality of immortality, the enduring nature of love… they all factor into this fast-paced action movie of a novel. Based […]
Quite a ride! Perion Synthetics explores the core of a company intent on producing the ultimate android. No one is who they seem to be, often not even what the[y] seem to be, human or “synthetic”. Interestingly, the dates are current but the places and political structures are sometimes the same as reality and sometimes not. […]
Verastiqui has outdone himself In short, Perion Synthetics is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Verastiqui paints a not-too-distant future where your smart phone is embedded in your wrist, the word “feed” has become a transitive technoverb, and synthetic humanoids indistinguishable from you and I roam freely. Typical sci-fi tropes? On the surface, perhaps, but Verastiqui […]