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Lady of mazes
Karl Schroeder
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in the same future universe as Ventus (2000), Canadian author Schroeder's challenging hard SF novel explores the vast potential of artificial intelligence for transforming human culture. On the remote ring world of Teven Coronal, Livia Kodaly and her family inhabit the beautiful Westerhaven manifold, surrounded by a richness of high tech and virtual conveniences. Due to a childhood tragedy, Livia enjoys different consensual realities. The mysterious Book 3340 breaks down the barriers between manifolds, destroying her world, so that she must travel, with a few accomplices, out of Teven Coronal into the Archipelago, where she encounters several models for a perfect human society and examines her own. Her task is to choose among them, but ultimately to ensure that choices are possible by sacrificing herself to prevent the total subjugation of humanity. The interrelationship between technology and philosophy that informs her choice gives depth and breadth to a book that many will want to reread to get all the nuances. Agent, Donald Maass. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The vast ringworld of Teven Coronal holds numerous human civilizations within its structure. Here, humans and their virtual selves, or animas, pass their time dabbling in politics, duels, and gaining or losing authority. When a series of mysterious invasions rocks Coronal, destroying cultures and threatening the fabric of the world's reality, Livia Kodaly, one of Coronal's most brilliant and eccentric individuals, becomes the best hope for defeating the invaders and saving her world. Schroeder (Ventus; Permanence) specializes in far future, hard sf. His lively writing style and cutting-edge visions combine to deliver a topnotch story that emphasizes the human will to persevere even when reality is falling apart. A good choice for most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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