by Greg Bear
Book 1 in Queen of Angels series (1990)
Publisher: Open Road Media
In this brilliant, evocative novel, Greg Bear takes the reader into a strangely familiar, near-future world — and shatters our conceptions of perfection, punishment, and the elusive nature of the human soul.
In the year 2047, poet Emanuel Goldsmith returns home and kills several close friends for no reason. Three people with very different points of view over the crime must figure out why this could happen in a perfect future society.
May Chow is an investigator on the trail of a serial killer. Such a crime could only be carried out by an ‘untherapied’ – someone who lives outside the perfect mental state available to the ‘therapied’ of society. The hunt for an answer leads to the world of Hispaniola, and beyond, into the Country of the Mind of the killer himself. Much can be hidden there, and traps lie in wait for the unaware.
Meanwhile, above the city, an artificial intelligence struggles to be ‘born’…