One possible future end of mass digitization efforts is but one of the many twists and weaves in Vinge's latest. Library lovers will find plenty to enjoy in this fast paced book where the Geisel library on the UCSD campus is a main character.
Vernor Vinge dedicates his new novel, Rainbows End, "To the Internet-based cognitive tools that are changing our lives -- Wikipedia, Google, eBay, and the others of their kind, now and in the future." The book is an imagining of how those technologies might develop over the next two decades. But publication of Rainbows End is not only a literary event. The question arises, "Will Vinge influence the actual evolution of the technology?" He has done so before.
Review by Vicky Chase, Welles Library (Newingon, CT)
Your thoughts: READ THIS BOOK! It's fantastic. I loved the story but most of all I loved the imagination of the future the author predicts. It's scary. boy I am not sure i would want to be plugged in all the time but it's also interesting how collaboration has increased. The collaborative world he imagines encourages people to share information and to help each other solve problems.
(this should be in the Fiction about Libraries category)