It has been nearly 35 years since William Gibson’s Neuromancer brought cyberpunk to the masses, but in an age when we all have computers in our pockets that grow exponentially more powerful with every passing year, there’s still a lot science fiction can tell us about how the ever more intricate intermeshing of humanity and technology will shape the future.
Enter Last Tango in Cyberspace, a new literary cyberpunk novel by Steven Kotler, the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction and the co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project, arriving next May from St. Martin’s Press. Peering ahead about five years into our future, it explores the intersections of psychology, technology, neuroscience, and ecology with an eye toward realism and the breathless pace of a thriller.
Today, we’re showing off the cover art, with design by Ervin Serrano. You can find it below the official summary, and preorder the book now.
Hard to say when the human species fractured exactly. Harder to say when this new talent arrived. But Lion Zorn is the first of his kind—an empathy tracker, an emotional soothsayer, with a felt sense for the future of the we. In simpler terms, he can spot cultural shifts and trends before they happen.
It’s a useful skill for a certain kind of company.
Arctic Pharmaceuticals is that kind of company. But when a routine em-tracking job leads to the discovery of a gruesome murder, Lion finds himself neck-deep in a world of eco-assassins, soul hackers and consciousness terrorists. But what the man really needs is a nap.
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