Over at the Agony Column, Rick Kleffel has just posted his thoughts on David Louis Edelman's Infoquake, forthcoming from Pyr this July. Kleffel sees Infoquake as fitting into the tradition of Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth's classic The Space Merchants, and being in the company of Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Charles Stross' The Family Trade:
"Edelman, Doctorow and Stross are, like all great science fiction writers, not really writing about the future. They're responding to the present, and in the present, economic science is driving societal decisions every bit as much as any hard-science technology. In fact, economics drives the hard science, in that we only get the technologies that look profitable. Edelman's vision in this regard is particularly sharp and particularly on-point. There's a certain amount of satire going on here, but Edelman is quite serious about his world, which makes it all the easier to invest in his characters and settings. "
Kleffel has already opinioned elsewhere that Infoquake "will be one of the most praised first novels this year." Meanwhile, Edleman continues to podcast chapters from his novel, post excerpts, and grow his fascinating background articles about the Infoquake world. (Oh, and completely unrelated, he blogs about his recent trip to France.)