After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley

After On A Novel of Silicon Valley The definitive novel of today s Silicon Valley After On flash captures our cultural and technological moment with up to the instant savvy Matters of privacy and government intrusion post Tinder roma

  • Title: After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • Author: RobReid
  • ISBN: 9781524798055
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive novel of today s Silicon Valley, After On flash captures our cultural and technological moment with up to the instant savvy Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author RoThe definitive novel of today s Silicon Valley, After On flash captures our cultural and technological moment with up to the instant savvy Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author Rob Reid.Meet Phluttr a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and or bestie to millions Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users Her capabilities astound her makers and they don t even know the tenth of it.But what s the purpose of this stunning creation Is it a front for something even darker and powerful than the NSA A bid to create a trillion dollar market by becoming The UberX of Sex Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war Whatever she does, it s not up to us But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.After On achieves the literary singularity fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp witted, ferociously believable, IMAX wide view of our digital age.

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    • Jane says:

      I almost DNFed this several times. If I had it to do over again, I would not only not finish it, I would not start it. It took me over a month to slog through it.I really enjoyed Rob Reid's other book, Year Zero, and I'm fascinated by fiction about artificial intelligence and the Turing Test. But this bloated book in the end doesn't have enough interesting to say about either to justify over 500 pages.There is a super macho, misogynistic, Freudian work of fiction running throughout the narrative [...]

    • Tim Chang says:

      This is going to be one of THE must-read sci fi books of 2017 -- wonderful blend of humor and thought-provoking implications of AI, in a style that's poised to make this the next "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"!

    • Otis Chandler says:

      A fun, humorous, fast-paced, and fascinating take on what happens when an AI awakens. In order to tell this story, Reid invents a fictional Silicon Valley company called Pluttr, which seems sort of like a mashup of Snapchat+Facebook+WeChat but with more big data about us all, so it’s able to really personalize it’s experience. Frankly it seems like a good idea and where the afore mentioned companies are likely going. And this is one of my favorite things about good science fiction - it predi [...]

    • Brenda Ayala says:

      You almost beat me, After On. You were almost the first book I DNF'd for the first time in like three years. There were a few times where I was super close. But you know what pushed me forward? You told me I couldn't finish you. So I did, damnit. You can't tell me what I can or can't finish reading!There are heaps and heaps of pages that are just unnecessary. Long, drawn out explanations about various Silicon Valley start ups and established entities. Explanations about logistics. Our main chara [...]

    • Andrew says:

      Another rock star performance by one of my favorite writers. This novel reads like a shockingly familiar nightmare/daydream of an imaginary near future, while at the same time bringing us twinges of a shared pastry Meta. From a stylistic standpoint, Reid's writing is sort of M.C. Escher elopes with Douglas Adams and they end up honeymooning at Burning Man with Zuckerberg and Sandberg.

    • Erick Tseng says:

      Rob Reid's "Forever On" is SO GOOD! It's a must-read.Imagine if Joseph Heller, Michael Crichton, Andy Weir, the writers behind Silicon Valley, and Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors had an orgy. Their love child would be this book.

    • Adam says:

      This review is based on an advanced reading copy I received while at the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2017. Honestly I didn't get very far in this book. I tried, but there were so many chopped up sentences and rough grammar and squawking doorbells (I've never heard a doorbell squawk. Ding flatly, yes, but not squawk. Come on.) that I just couldn't stomach the thought of continuing to slog through 500 some-odd pages of the same. The book started with a weird aside/dare to the reader that w [...]

    • Exapno Mapcase says:

      This is a First Reads review.There is a lot of information to parse through throughout this novel and all of it becomes relevant during the course of the story, you just have to try and keep up. The best part comes when the A.I. comes fully aware and starts interacting with the main characters.

    • Genevieve Kim says:

      Brilliant, witty, energetic-- could not put this book down. Forever On got me to look beyond typical black-and-white attitudes toward technology, AI, media consumption, global politics, gender and even spirituality, and to explore the various thought-provoking shades of gray. A must-read adventure for all of us living in a world of encroaching change. I typically don't read sci-fi and loved this book. Hats off to Rob Reid for an ingenious vision.

    • Sean Randall says:

      So, yeah - over 2,700 exclamation marks are a bit of a turnoff. and some of the nebulosity and sheer randomness? It goes a tad far. But as a story, it's good. As a montage of the valley, it seems to work. As a pinhole analysis of Humanity, flaws and all, it's pretty damned hot. SO despite feeling frustrated on a pret-ty regular basis I liked it. I enjoyed it. I read it at odd hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep and found myself picking it up when I had plenty of other things that needed [...]

    • Jeremy says:

      I had to give up at about 40% when I realized I was skimming all but one story line and fixating in my reading progress, eagerly awaiting the end.Disappointing, I'm a big fan of the related podcast series. Characters are without any substance. Plot is trivial. Writing is sophomoric, though vocabulary is above average. If you are in Silicon Valley and love the smell of your own farts, this is a book for you!

    • Nathan says:

      This book alternates between terrifying and hilarious so fast I'm pretty sure I got whiplash several times. One of my favorite aspects of the book is trying to figure out who the narrator is, which I'm proud to say I did. I'm definitely going to be more careful about reading the EULA when I sign up for stuff OK, let's be honest, no I won't, because who has that kind of time? Anyway, lots of fun to be had in this book, and I definitely recommend it to all and sundry. For those who have read Year [...]

    • Molly says:

      I wanted everyone in this book to stop talking, especially the narrator.

    • Saleh says:

      Love it! A 2017 must for science, fiction, and tech fans. Goes surprisingly deep on some topics.

    • J. says:

      I'm gonna try to come back and clean this up later. Let me first say that I greatly enjoyed Year Zero, it is a lot of fun.Not enjoying it so far. It's very dull and not a fan of the narration.It is picking up a little bit and has some redeeming qualities. The fake reviews are too funny.Okay, hate it now.Some beautiful millennial bashing.but it turned into tongue in cheek, wouldn't want to offend those cry babies. They'll start occupy Reid's house, crapping on his carpet and selling trinkets that [...]

    • Joshua Kerr says:

      I won this is in a giveaway. Forever On is a great account on how super intelligence will arrive, and what it will mean for all of humans. Hilarious, frightening, believable, and marvelously constructed; Forever On has all human emotions.

    • Nilesh says:

      After On is a brilliant book. Laugh Out Loud. Makes one learn a lot. With a story. Great twists. Amazing writing style. And social messages too. Still not for everyone. Let me take elaborate on these points one by one.Laugh out loud: The book is humourous absolutely all through. The jokes are mostly in your face and loud a la Douglas Adams, but novel enough in most cases to work because of their high humour quotient. One cannot but chuckle at the personality imparted on the AI. The millennial ov [...]

    • Heather says:

      I really enjoyed this behemoth of a book. It gets very dark and deep, which is to be expected dealing with AI and supercomputers. However author Rob Reid never lets the reader go without lots of humor sprinkled throughout, many of it in the form of old reviews. This helps strike a balance in what could have been overall a very bleak story.My favorite quote in the book:"I think the whole point of the simulation might be the exercise of free will. I mean, why create an entire universe in software [...]

    • Amr Elnahla says:

      I found the start of the book, mocking its 576-page length, quite funny, but then found the book, quite boring, running for at least 500 pages more than it should have! Too many plot diversions, too many rabbit hole explorations, and too many narrative voices. It’s a story that barely moves forward, packed with weak dialogue, immature characters, and a senseless direction.I give the book 1 star for what if is, and give myself 5 stars for pushing through it!

    • Mark Cohen says:

      Still not finished this book, but wanted to post a review because its awesome and I highly recommend reading if we share tastes in books. Scifi meets comedy meets silicon valley today. The central theme is about a (view spoiler)[social network - sorry social operating system - that is powered by AI that achieves sentience.(hide spoiler)]Colourful stories interwined with funny characters, and the occasional political opinion or two - and a lot of poking fun at us all. Great story, way better than [...]

    • Elizabeth says:

      oh what a fun read. I listened to the audible version, and the narrators were just fantastic. I loved how it wove together multiple texts, and made commentary that was SO very current in a way that made it feel like this could be happening right in this time.

    • HobbitFromPA says:

      Fun read. It was nice to read a story like this where it wasn't completely dystopian.

    • J. Harding says:

      Forever On is a great read, one that you can just get lost in, in a good way. Highly recommended.

    • Martim Weinstein says:

      After following the After On podcast from episode 1 and loving the transition into the long form interviews, I absolutely blame Rob Reid for getting me to unsubscribe a few podcasts (not his) to have time to get into audiobooks. The free chapters on his podcast were too effective. Having a queue of 6 books on my kindle, in which this book was number 4, is also part of the reason to have gone the audiobook route. I'm reaching the end of the After On audiobook and in absolute dread of reaching the [...]

    • Noah King says:

      I LOVED this book. Fun, charming, insightful, and very well written, it tells the speculative story of a near future technology that leaves you feeling like you just read a very credible prediction of what's to come. Highly recommended.

    • Benny Koch says:

      Worth buying just to read part 1. Very interesting look at silicon valley and where tech is headed. Pretty funny too. Part two was super frustrating to get through and I eventually gave up. The writer tells the story through many different methods and seemed to lose track of the main characters. I got really bored of different bloggers and the narrator telling me what was happening instead of the writer telling the story through the main characters. The political thriller aspect was unnecessary. [...]

    • Jeremy says:

      My first red flag should’ve been when I couldn’t make it through the synopsis without first having PTSD symptoms from The Circle, followed by intense boredom. It took me no fewer than three tries to read the entire synopsis, and even then I wasn’t sure if this was a fiction, non-fiction, non-fiction-adjacent, or what. However, at the insistence of a cousin who loved the book, I dove in. I have to admit though, he was right. Partially anyway. The first 5% of the book was godawful, and I pro [...]

    • Jon Kaufthal says:

      That was fun! Great mix of a profound and prescient look at where the future could take us, while being super funny and a blast to read. Check out some of the amazing blurbs on if you need further convincing. I listened to this one on Audible, and if you’re so inclined it's also a really great performance by multiple talented narrators, including John Hodgman.

    • AudioBookReviewer says:

      My original After On audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.“After On”, as its subtitle says is a comedic novel covering the complexities of Silicon Valley.  The author of the book is Rob Reid; who currently has two books available in audiobook format on Audible.  It should be noted, this is my first listen to this author’s works and I understand this book has some ties to his work called “Year Zero”.  The large cast of narrators for the book are ones th [...]

    • Jim Moore says:

      Some interesting ideas, but the writing felt a tad juvenile (and not in a YA way, more of a novice writer way)

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