David Louis Edelman
'Geosynchron' trade paperback cover


From Mainstream CriticsFrom Science Fiction CriticsFrom AuthorsFrom BloggersFrom Readers

#4 on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist’s Top 10 SFF Books of 2010
#5 on Bookgasm’s 5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2010
#9 on Barnes & Noble Explorations’ Best Science Fiction Releases of 2010
On SFFWorld’s Top 5 SF Novels of the Year 2010

From Mainstream Critics

Library Journal:
“Taking cyberpunk to the next level, this conclusion to Edelman’s trilogy (Infoquake, MultiReal) presents a drama of future technology that combines action with psychosocial intrigue. Tension comes as much from the clash of ideas as from physical confrontation. Highly recommended.” (Full Review)

Publishers Weekly:
“Edelman presents a gritty, tech-heavy thriller that builds on cyberpunk tropes in interesting and detailed new ways. The world developed in 2006’s Infoquake and 2008’s MultiReal has become inflamed with civil war and rebellion as MultiReal, a technology that mathematically projects possible futures to aid in decision making, suddenly becomes inaccessible. Into this chaos, MultiReal-D makes its first tentative appearance… Numerous characters seek their own goals in a labyrinthine plot, but Edelman does manage to bring his disparate threads together to create a coherent and even cohesive conclusion that’s most accessible and satisfying to those who have read the earlier books.” (Full Review)

From Science Fiction Critics

Locus Magazine:
“With Geosynchron, David Louis Edelman brings his Jump 225 trilogy to a triumphant close. Reading this final volume, which puts an unexpected spin on everything that has come before, made me think of Frank Herbert’s Dune… By the end, the wisdom and efficacy of Edelman’s approach is manifest. This smart, idiosyncratic blend of cyberpunk, libertarian entrepreneurship, and social engineering will, I think, stand as a seminal work of 21st century SF.” (Full Review Not Online)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact:
“The future of David Louis Edelman’s Jump 225 trilogy [is] a crazy, dangerous world filled with crazy, dangerous people — and boy is it fun to read about!… This is the kind of book that jumps you in a dark alley, steals your wallet, and races away daring you to keep up. It’s an adrenalin rush from beginning to end.” (Full Review)

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist:
“(Rating: 8.5 out of 10) The surprising ending makes Geosynchron a terrific and fitting finale for a series that found a way to get better with each new installment. The Jump 225 trilogy could well be the best science fiction series of the new millennium. David Louis Edelman deserves his place among the most talented sci-fi authors in the field today. Highly recommended.” (Full Review)

Charlie Jane Anders, io9:
“[Geosynchron]’s here at last, more warped than ever… Geosynchron suggests that spies and armies are all well and good — but savvy marketing and B-school cleverness can move the world just as much… Geosynchron is an engaging conclusion to a thrilling, thought-provoking saga.” (Full Review)

Fantasy Book Critic:
Geosynchron transcended [my concerns] and it truly made me exclaim: more, more, more!!!… The character arcs continue in a natural way, with Natch becoming one of the most remarkable recent heroes in SF… Geosynchron achieves a rare feat for a trilogy-ending volume, namely it takes the series one level higher, beyond mundanity to true sense-of-wonder SF, so it finally plays on the level of the masters of modern SF like [Alistair] Reynolds and [Peter F.] Hamilton… An A+ and so far the best core-SF novel I’ve read in 2010.” (Full Review)

“The novel does have it all — tight and dramatic conflicts, engaging and organic thematic elements, the highest of high stakes, and solid characterization… At this early stage in the year, Geosynchron is at the top of my best reads list — it has set the bar very high for anything else I’ll be reading this year. The Jump 225 trilogy is a must-read, an instant classic and a work of SF that will help define this first decade of the 21st century, and could cast a long shadow for many years to come.” (Full Review)

The Agony Column:
“Edelman has created a wonderfully detailed vision that harks back to the most classic science fiction series… Edelman has arguably upped the ante here… And for all his unique inventiveness, he still manages to populate his worlds with characters we can understand and sympathize with — even though they’re often not particularly likable… Edelman’s got a peculiar and entertaining combination of space opera and cyberpunk, with a feel for deep history that gives both aspects of story a depth and dimension that is unusual, in the best possible way… This is what you want from science fiction. You want the vision of the writer to inform your vision of your life.” (Full Review)

Grasping for the Wind:
“Edelman’s concluding novel, long in the making, is just amazing. How anyone could make a boardroom discussion so exciting is beyond my comprehension. With words, not lasers, Edelman produces a fiction that has no peer… Edelman ended his trilogy in the best way possible… David Louis Edelman’s Jump 225 trilogy is one of the best space operas currently in print. Action, intrigue, and a powerful story come together with a unique beauty of creative prose. Geosynchron completes the tale of Natch and his fiefcorp in a potent way that is both rare and extraordinary. If you read no other science fiction story this year, read the Jump 225 trilogy.” (Full Review)

The Dragon Page Cover to Cover:
“Probably some of the best sci-fi written this decade… Amazing stuff.” (Full Podcast) (section on Geosynchron begins at 38:36)

Fast Forward TV:
“A stunning climax to an absorbing set of books. The energy and intrigue of this far-future story, so finely crafted in the first two volumes, still takes us to unexpected places while delivering a truly believable ending… There is little finer in a trilogy than to have a story that stays enthralling over all the books and has a satisfying end; this Edelman has achieved. Geosynchron is as fascinating as the first two volumes, and one of the keys to this is the growth of the characters through the series… Geosynchron, the jewel in the crown of this series, is a splendid ending to an amazing story, one that will stay with me for many years.” (Full Review) (contains spoilers)

“Taken as a whole, the trilogy is a wonderful refutation of the oft-heard complaint that there is nothing new in science fiction… This trilogy is highly recommended, especially for science fiction readers who are willing to take a chance on a character who starts out as an anti-hero or who like very elaborate and well-conceived backgrounds and societies; and especially those who are interested in the future of business.” (Full Review) (contains numerous spoilers)

Washington DC Speculative Fiction Examiner:
“It felt like the first two books in Edelman’s Jump 225 series had twisted reality about as far as it could go. However, with the last book in the trilogy, Geosynchron, we realize we were only peeking into the rabbit hole before. Now we get a swift kick that sends us tumbling all the way to the bottom… It is a pell-mell dash from start to finish, and you’ll hardly get a chance to breathe along the way.” (Full Review)

Post-Weird Thoughts:
“One of the first novels I read in 2010 was David Louis Edelman’s Geosynchron, and it was a hell of a jumpstart to me. Having read the excellent Infoquake and MultiReal… I could expect no less of the third and last book of the Jump 225 trilogy. And I wasn’t disappointed… Geosynchron is a good closing to the Jump 225 trilogy.” (Full Review)

SF Site:
“It really is non-stop action… But then, melodrama isn’t meant to be believable, just to be engaging and thrilling, and that is something Edelman achieves with aplomb.” (Full Review) (mostly negative review)

From Authors

Paul Witcover, Nebula Award-nominated author of Waking Beauty, Tumbling After and Dracula: Asylum:
See Locus review above

Don Sakers, Hugo Award-nominated author of Dance for the Ivory Madonna:
See Analog review above

Tom Doyle, WSFA Small Press Award-winning author:
Geosynchron is an amazing wrap-up. The most surprising aspect of this last book was its high emotional level. This is hard SF with a shocking amount of heart.” (Link)

From Bloggers

“Edelman’s writing is as good — if not better — than ever… There’s no need to pigeonhole the Jump 225 trilogy. It favors new ideas and new ways of telling a science fiction story over crazy action and dystopian moping, and it stands in a category of its own. With Geosynchron, Edelman has proven that he could keep the promise that he offered up in Infoquake; readers should only be worried about whether or not having your mind blown is hazardous to your health.” (Full Review)

Chicago Center of Literature and Photography:
“(Rating: 8.9 out of 10, or 9.5 for science fiction fans) A final volume that is far and away better than the two that came before it… I can confidently state that the Jump 225 trilogy is one that new readers can look forward to getting better and better as it continues, and is I think a good sign that Edelman has a long career still ahead of him, after this fluke-like debut that garnered him so much attention so quickly. The entire trilogy comes highly recommended today, and especially this spectacular ending to it all.” (Full Review)

Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s #1 Customer Reviewer:
“A great finish to a terrific technological science fiction thriller. Somehow David Louis Edelman paints his vision even darker and grittier than in the previous extremely dark and gritty tales… A sort of cyberpunk modernizing of WarGames, Geosynchron is a superb story as the complex myriad subplots come together.” (Full Review)

Elitist Book Reviews:
Geosynchron (and the two preceding novels, Infoquake and MultiReal) is an incredible entry into the SF genre… Can you begin to see why we loved Geosynchron? A business, [R. Scott] Bakker-like story that pulls the actual intelligent portions of The Matrix into a strong, character-driven novel (and series)? Yeah. We’ll pay money for that every time. Here is what you are going to do. You are going to go to your local bookstore and pick up the full Jump 225 Trilogy. Infoquake. MultiReal. Geosynchron. Go buy them now.” (Full Review)

Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic Reviewer, on GoodReads:
“(5 stars) The whole Jump 225 series is probably the best that mundane SF has to offer… Geosynchron takes the series to another level… the mix of superb action and great characters that made MultiReal very good and a great middle novel after the world-building of Infoquake, is even better done here.” (Full Review)

The Artolater:
“This might be my favorite sci-fi series. I think I can say that after finishing this up — it has everything that I look for in sci-fi, and I mean everything. If you a) like sci-fi and b) haven’t read the Jump 225 trilogy, stop being shameful.” (Link)

Erik Beck:
“It is my enthusiasm for the series, my joy at what I have read over the course of the three novels, and the notion that this book is great fun that leads me to encourage people to read it… This is science fiction, with the emphasis on the science. This is the world that could someday happen. Everything in this book is a logical (though not necessarily preferable) extension of today’s society. So that takes care of the science aspect. What about the fiction? Well, the fiction is one hell of a story… David skimps neither on story nor on characterization.” (Full Review)

The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation:
“So clear and approachable that I was not aware, until the end, that the book came with seven Appendixes, including a Glossary, a Timeline and summaries of the previous books. I had engaged with the characters and become involved with the situation without feeling a need for all that help… New readers will enjoy it, and existing ones will surely want to know where it leads.” (Full Review)

Binary Organism:
Geosynchron really is the best of the three… There is a lot more of everything in the third installment. More action. More themes. More talking. I also felt it was much better laid out and the plot more defined… Essentially, if you have spare time and don’t mind science fiction that makes you think — give it a chance.” (Full Review)

From Readers

War Arrow, The Faction Paradox Community:
“[Jump 225] stands a strong chance of being remembered as the science fiction trilogy in the same way as Lord of the Rings is the fantasy trilogy… I won’t say what happens [at the end], but that was one of the most beautifully judged cut-off points I think I’ve read anywhere. Just can’t think of enough good stuff to say about this. It’s so rare that elevated expectations are fulfilled, let alone surpassed. For once, do believe the hype.” (Full Review)

Andron, Goodreads reviewer:
“(5 out of 5 stars) Best book of 2010 so far! Very satisfying end to a challanging and intelligent trilogy… This trilogy just has to be part of every well equipped book collection.” (Full Review)

Kevin Joseph, Amazon reviewer:
“(5 out of 5 stars) Every once in a great while I run across an author who has imagined a world so vivid and complete that I feel as if it actually exists… The Jump 225 Trilogy, for me, deserves not only a wide readership but also recognition as one of the most important sci-fi works of our time.” (Full Review)

Nicole Ball, Goodreads reviewer:
“(5 out of 5 stars) [Geosynchron] was fantastic, I was totally involved in the story the entire time… It reminded me a lot of the (wrongfully) short-lived television series Firefly… I literally did not want to put it down.” (Full Review)

Daniel Clark, LibraryThing reviewer:
“(4 out of 5 stars) I was not disappointed. The climax and conclusion occurred simultaneously on the last page, and were worth the wait… What volume three provides is a lengthy build-up to a resolution that leaps beyond the earlier books’ cybernetic context into a classical moral dimension of sacrifice and redemption. Edelman seeks to satisfy both mind and soul.” (Full Review)