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Ray Hammond
Action & Adventure
Pan Books (January 11, 2002)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. We are trying to mimic the way human consciousness may have emerged over the four billion years of biological evolution on this planet.

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First published in 2001 by Macmillan.

Digital Business, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996.

It was published globally by Fontana Books in May 1984. Digital Business, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996. Emergence is a futuristic thriller that explores the concept of the spontaneous emergence of strong artificial intelligence in the internet and connected networks.

Ray Hammond is a British author and futurist. Digital Business: Surviving and Thriving In An On-Line World (1996). The Modern Frankenstein - Fiction Becomes Fact (1986). The Musician and the Micro (1983). Ray Hammond home page.

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Imagine a near-future world where one giant corporation has become so influential that no single government dare oppose it -- not even the mighty USA. A company so powerful that it can establish an independent country to serve as its unassailable headquarters. That company is Tycom, and its founder - Thomas Tye - has made it his evangelical mission to save the Earth from ecological ruin. Already the orbital installations that can manipulate this battered planet's climate are near completion -- while the military backing of an erstwhile superpower is guaranteed. But Tom Tye's seeming altruism carries a price that the rest of the developed world is no longer prepared to pay. Emergence is the dramatic and multi-layered story of a hydra-headed fight against Tycom and its despotic master. But will our planet be a better place without him?
  • Frosha
This is one of the "aww, just one more page!..." books! Just about the time you get comfortable with the scene or the character, the scene changes and you're drawn into another development. It's done so deftly that you don't even shift mental gears.
The characters are well developed, especially the main man, Tom Tye, the world's first individual trillionaire, who has no hesitations about being charming, cruel, demanding, or flirtatious depending on the situation. Apparently ageless, he exudes youth and vitality in spite of being fanatical about cleanliness, germs, and other stuff that doesn't bother the rest of us. Is he an alien? Was his genius son born of a natural mother or grown in a test tube? Will the insistence on preservation of nature just a front for hornswoggling the gullible out of their money?
Some of the most fascinating things about this tale is since it is set in the near future, gadgets and medical advances require little suspension of disbelief. Here's an example, starting with the now nearly old technology of the smart watch (called "LifeWatch.") When you strap it on your wrist, microfibers slither into your skin and begin sensing your temperature, blood pressure, oxygen uptake, and any vital signs that need monitoring. The results are transmitted to orbiting satellite data warehouses where your data are continuously monitored, recorded, and evaluated for your specific needs. The planet is covered with a system of satellite receivers communicating with each other via laser microbursts.
This system now controls air traffic, ground travel, and even the world banking system.
Whoa, now, just a sec. How do we feel about all this "help?" Doesn't it make us uncomfortable? Well, no, except for a few who begin to realize how dangerous this is and, using all the technology, begin to develop a plan to make sure it doesn't...
That's all you get from me.
There's enough high tech to baffle me, but presented so well that I even begin to understand nanotechnology, string theory, biogenetics, and even the intricacy of world banking.
One more thing to keep beside you as you work your way through this engaging, dense, but highly readable story, is a dictionary. Now I've been known to have an impressive vocabulary, but I needed to look up at least one word per chapter. This is not a kiddie book, but one for real scientific fiction addicts.
As I said, "...just one more page, Mom!..."
  • Nikohn
I really enjoyed this. It has the feel of Peter F. Hamilton in scope, and while the stage is way tighter than any of Hamilton's space operas, Hammond provides the same attention to a lot of details across a lot of characters, and within a LOT of intricate world building.

Here the world building is very much Earth-centric and it's kind of right now but not (the timeline was pretty much the only niggle I had, as the protagonist, Thomas Tye, is 50 years old but born in 1966 so it's not our near-future even though it feels it's written that way). Tye is a trillionaire, and he comes across as having the chutzpah of Elon Musk and the germaphobic/androgyny tendencies of Michael Jackson's later years. But trillionaire Tye has a secret weapon in his business arsenal - which is alluded to right up front - that makes him the quintessentially unassailable Tycoon who outmaneuvers every competitor on the planet. That advantage leads to considerable government interest and attempts at intervention, but with Tye's corporations powering the global economy, any action taken against him has to be nuanced and carefully executed.

There are a lot of characters in this novel, and Hammond uses so many pages that they don't come across as stereotypes. Indeed, Tye, with his idiosyncrasies and literal Caribbean island headquarters, has the makings of a 'Bond Baddy' - you know the kind, narcissistic, wholly evil, and with world domination the only thing on their febrile mind - but Hammond deftly steers away from that and makes him a thoughtful, if somewhat volatile, champion of the poor and our overall environment. Pretty much every major character is similarly fleshed and even the minor ones are more than shopfront dummies, and as Hammond colors them shades of grey, I found it impossible to completely dislike any of them.

Hammond also introduces a lot of products and services through his expose of the myriad Tye Corporation subsidiaries, and I've gotta say, he does a good job. Many of these are as fleshed out as if they were real products and Hammond is describing them in a biography, such is the degree of detail. He also makes up - I think! - lots of impressive sounding marketing terms, plus introduces us to lots of equally impressive (but mostly real) science terms. The breadth of this aspect of the novel is actually astounding, and suggests many, many hours of research.

Interestingly, the "new entity" mentioned in the blurb - and name - of this novel takes **forever** to come into the frame. Don't expect a "Here's the new entity, how do we respond" action novel where that situation is introduced early and the bulk of the plot is applied to addressing it. It's pretty much the other way around, and by the time the "new entity" arrived, I almost didn't care. In fact, the novel could...and does for the most part...power along with any need for that string to the story bow, such as is the nature of the main play.

On the negative side, there are many grammar errors - mostly missing full stops, and no visible breaks between sections within a chapter - and they seem to increase toward the end of the novel. Plus, Hammond, whose prose is really accessible, throws in a very uncommon word about every fifteen pages. For me it was like a Nobel laureate writing for the masses who feels the need to show off his literary ascendancy every now and again. Having to go find the meaning of a word...or not and then wondering what exactly I was missing...pulled me out of the story each time.

So, this is primarily an introspective action adventure about how to address to an unstoppable businessman who is taking the human condition down a path it might not be ready to take. It is detailed, subtle, and zealously explores the question of government vs. big big big business. It gently folds morality into the narrative, but where L. E. Modesitt would make that the pivot point, Hammond takes a more indirect approach. There is some violence, some swearing, and the lead-up to sex, but overall this is not a novel that tries to shock with any of those things, they are merely a natural part of how the characters behave.

In fact, if you can put the "new entity" excitement aside as you read it, then the long prelude to its emergence will not only make more sense, but makes the reading a lot more fun than otherwise.
  • Drelahuginn
Some of the most engaging characters I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. A wonderful series of plots and subplots with an overarching plot that was truly interesting an excellent science fiction. I could not recommend this book more highly while certainly not quite wool, it's a darn close second. Could not put it down towards the end as it climax in the most interesting and satisfactory way.

I also have the comment that this book absolutely stretched my dictionary to the Limit the writer has a marvelous vocabulary and writes with a broad brush specifically selecting the binoculars and modifiers appropriate to the story.
  • Shazel
The central villain, Tom Tye, is a combination of the worst aspects of a tech mogul, reality tv star, screaming infomercial pitch man, megachurch televangelist, bankster, and mafia don combined. Oh, and don't forget to throw in some germophobia, and physical attributes much like the current president, amazingly prescient considering this was written in 2001
You might see this as a warning of what can happen when all of the high tech safeguard and communications systems fall under the control of one entity.
There may be a little too much detail at times - the book could probably have one third of it's length chopped off without disturbing the plot. The other characters aren't as developed - or sociopathic - as Tye, but I can't say there isn't enough depth. Ironically, the most charming characters are pet simulcrams with AI personalities, who later play a pivotal role in the plot.