400 pages, 2015
In the year 2055, seven rather than two sex-linked fighters battled. The illusion of empathy has been abandoned, and a few idealistic individuals attempt to build a paradise with pirated technology.
Andrew Worth, a wired journalist, didn't want any part of the popular Franken science that was constantly dispensed to the public. He declined an opportunity to report on a perplexing new mental condition known as Distress after completing a documentary on controversial discoveries in biotechnology, opting instead to cover the Einstein Centenary Conference on the artificial island of Stateless.
Violet Mosala, a young South African physicist, was slated to present her candidacy for a Theory of Everything there; unfortunately for Worth and Mosala, the academic veneer of respectability has been gravely shattered by a raging whirlwind of planning, assassination attempts, and revolt.