David Louis Edelman
'MultiReal' trade paperback cover


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On io9’s List of Best Science Fiction Books of 2008
#4 on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist’s Top 10 SFF Books of 2008
On SFFWorld’s List of Favourite New Five SF Books of 2008
Honorable Mention, Bookgasm’s 5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2008
Honorable Mention, SF Site’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2008
Most Improved Author Award 2008, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
On Post-Weird Thoughts List of Best Novels 2008
Guilty Pleasure Award 2008, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

From Mainstream Critics

Publishers Weekly:
“A sly variation on the traditional cyberpunk novel, Edelman’s sequel to 2006’s Infoquake views a stunning new technology through the eyes of the cutthroat executives vying to market it… Edelman brings fresh air to the technological thriller… MultiReal itself is firmly established as one of the most fascinating singularity technologies in years, and the inconclusive feel of this installment will build anticipation for the third Jump 225 book.” (Full Review)

Sacramento Book Review:
“A book that the Glossary and Timeline in the back are not just an author’s conceit, but a necessary reference guide. MultiReal expands the near-future writing style into a compelling second novel.” (Full Review, PDF)

From Science Fiction Critics

Paul Witcover, Locus Magazine:
“A brilliant imagining of a near-future that not only extrapolates convincingly from current technology and culture but fills in the gaps with world-building so detailed as to verge on the tedious… Others have imagined a future in which nano-machines have colonized the human body, and indeed every other nook and cranny of the physical world… but few have done so as convincingly as Edelman does in these books. His portrayal of that world is richly evocative… I’ve never encountered an SF writer whose focus is so relentlessly on the nuts and bolts of the entrepreneurial world, from the boardroom to the factory to the sales office, and who — pontification aside — can make the minutiae of that world seem as exciting and dangerous as a military operation.” (Full Review Not Online)

Paul Di Filippo, SCI FI Weekly:
“(Grade: A) Readers of this distinctive and well-conceived series are sure to spot resonances with past classics of the genre… [Edelman] brings all the intellectual firepower and verisimilitude of the digerati like Sterling, Stross and Doctorow to his text. And the ontological twists and implications of MultiReal would do honor to Greg Egan. But the strongest overall vibe I get is that of Alfred Bester… Bester is much admired verbally, but very few authors really try to emulate him in print — he set the bar so high — and Edelman’s success is commensurate with his ambitions… Once you realize that Natch is less Neo than he is Steve Jobs, you’re in for a swell ride.” (Full Review)

Charlie Anders, io9:
“A welcome cure to the Fringe/Eleventh Hour science-bashing… The other thing that makes the trilogy (so far) a really addictive read is the depth of Edelman’s world-building and characterization… I’m in it for the long haul, because it feels like Edelman is writing about real people and real issues, in a thrilling, engaging way. And that’s rarer than it should be.” (Full Review) “An amazing hard scifi tale, this is the second in an action-packed series from Edelman.” (Full Article listing MultiReal as one of the Best Science Fiction Books of 2008) “David Louis Edelman’s future-business saga MultiReal was one of the books that blew us away the most in 2008.” (Full Article)

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist:
“(Rating: 8 out of 10) This is one sequel that delivers! No middle book syndrome for David Louis Edelman… The politicking is particularly well-done, and it adds another dimension to a series that continues to impress me on several levels… As was the case with Infoquake, MultiReal is a superior read. Moreover, if the final installment lives up to the expectations generated by its predecessors, this series could well be the best thing ever published by Pyr… The Jump 225 trilogy remains one of the very best ongoing science fiction series on the market.” (Full Review)

Fantasy Book Critic:
The Matrix meets Boston Legal… A true page-turner that I could not put down, and when the final page came I was sad since I really wanted more… The combination of extraordinary world building, compelling characters that grow on you in Jara and Natch, legal intrigue, political maneuverings and fast action made MultiReal an even more entertaining book for me than Infoquake, which I loved too. Better pacing and a more compact time frame make MultiReal technically more accomplished too, and I really have the highest hopes for Geosynchron. Highly, highly recommended.” (Full Review)

Rob Bedford, SFFWorld:
MultiReal is on par with the previous volume for Edelman’s ability to change the game a bit and still maintain what made Infoquake such a great novel; his growth as a writer is most evident in the characters themselves. If anything, MultiReal may be a bolder novel… MultiReal is also not a ‘treading water middle book’ of a trilogy… it really drives home much of what Edelman was setting up in the first volume and leaves the reader eager for the next volume. David Louis Edelman has crafted another winner with MultiReal… I for one can’t wait to see where Edelman takes the conclusion of this [thus far] spectacular trilogy.” (Full Review)

“[MultiReal is] a story of ideas. So many, in fact, that Edelman has provided several appendices and his website includes more than 30,000 words of supplemental material… Overall, the book is an entertaining read that explores some startling implications of biological programming, and sets the scene nicely for volume three.” (Full Review)

“Cyberpunk after it grew up and graduated from business school. It features an incredibly detailed complex background, interesting (and not always likable) characters, and the grand scope and feel of the best science fiction. This is in many ways a stronger book than the first, Infoquake, a rarity among second volumes in trilogies… Edelman has clearly put a lot of thought into his universe, and is able to show this in ways that do not overwhelm the reader… This is modern-day science fiction the way it ought to be written. Very highly recommended.” (Full Review)

“What is increasingly interesting then about David Louis Edelman’s Jump 225 trilogy… is how it is becoming less a work that addresses the present indirectly, through such speculation, and more a work that seeks to directly capture the zeitgeist, the feeling and the texture of the present… Edelman has embedded an impressive assemblage of futuristic ideas and technologies into the Jump 225 trilogy; all but the most buffered of futuristas will have their sensawunda cache filled.” (Full Review)

Ray Gun Revival:
“Edelman is an up-and-comer, he delivers on characterization and he certainly has delivered a rich and detailed alternate future… Cyberpunkistas will absolutely revel in the Possibilities; anyone who enjoys watching a rising new star develop will be rewarded. If you want to see the future of where the SF novel is going, pick up this series.” (Full Review,PDF)

Speculative Book Review:
“(Rating: 8/10) When I read the first book in the Jump 225 Trilogy, Infoquake, I was blown away… A great sequel even though it was not as strong as the first installment but I am definitely hanging on for the final chapter.” (Full Review)

Death Ray Magazine:
“A mix of cyberpunk and The Wall Street Journal… Where Edelman does excel, and the true focus of the book, is exploring the economics and political powers behind new technologies, their development and routes to market and the social and moral implications of such advancements.” (Full Review Not Online)

Fast Forward TV:
“[MultiReal] has the same excitement, tension, and intrigue as the first volume… While the plot revolves around a program, this book is definitely character-driven, with the motivations and desires of the people at its heart. The slightly familiar but always fascinating world that wraps around the cast only makes the book more compelling… If you have read the first volume, you will want to get MultiReal today and continue the exploration of this dark, complex and fascinating work.” (Full Review)

“Everything… serves to tear down the certainties and break apart the alliances of the previous volume. To the extent that we are left, at the end of the volume, wondering whether our heroes can get it together enough to fight back, and indeed whether there is anything worth fighting for, the novel does its job very efficiently… David Louis Edelman remains an interesting writer, and he can do breathless action very well indeed when he wants.” (Full Review)

“This is the second volume of the Jump 225 Trilogy and is not to be missed. Edelman has some interesting ideas and a look at an extreme future that could become more real than we could expect.” (Link)

From Authors

Nick Sagan, author of Idlewild, Edenborn, and Everfree:
“David Louis Edelman’s vision of the future is so alive and full of energy the pages are practically buzzing. Wonderfully intricate with smart, satisfying complexity, Infoquake and its sequel MultiReal serve up a world where mindbending technologies promise a freedom nearly as endless as the Machiavellian ambitions of those who would control them.”

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Rollback:
“Just when we thought cyberpunk was dead, David Louis Edelman bursts on the scene with defibrillator paddles and shouts, ‘Clear!’ If there’s any web more tangled than the World Wide one, it’s the Byzantine networks of high finance; Edelman intermeshes them in a complex, compelling series. This DOES compute!”

Peter Watts, Hugo Award-nominated author of Blindsight:
“A thoroughly-successful hybrid of Neuromancer and Wall Street, MultiReal is the kind of thought-experiment we need more of around here: rigorously backgrounded, tightly plotted, and built around one of the most intriguing neurotech conceits I’ve encountered in years. William Gibson once observed that the street finds its own uses for things. David Louis Edelman reminds us that both boardroom and back room do as well — and the people who lurk in those places are a lot scarier…”

Paul Cornell, Hugo Award-nominated screenwriter for Doctor Who:
“As much as I loved Infoquake, MultiReal is better. It’s The West Wing, in the world of big business, in the future, all last second deals and human emotion finding desperate chances and tense negotiations, but this time with added sex and violence… This world, almost uniquely in modern SF, isn’t just a commentary on the modern scene, but might also come to pass… I’m saying not just Campbell next year but come on, let’s say it out loud, Best Novel.” (Full Article) “This will get my Hugo vote for Best Novel. Edelman is pushing forward a new sort of SF here, one based not in the myths and magic of the Singularity… but in the continual, ongoing process of history, culture, and, yes, capitalism… I eagerly await the end of the trilogy, and want this to win stuff now.” (Full Article: Best of the Year 2008)

Tom Doyle, WSFA Small Press Award-winning author:
“What I found most interesting about the book is its ability to reintroduce strangeness into the science fiction experience… Edelman’s world feels distinctly odd in the best possible way… It’s a possible world of the imagination, not a probable world of near-future extrapolation. Combined with its originality, this makes Edelman’s future very interesting.” (Full Article)

From Bloggers

Grasping for the Wind:
MultiReal is an exciting and excellent sequel… This is one of those rare cases (like The Empire Strikes Back vs. A New Hope) where the second movie far surpasses the first in quality and level of enjoyment. Fans of stories that mix philosophy and ethics with action and technology will enjoy Edelman’s works. It is a Matrix fan’s delight, and a worthy successor to Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. I highly recommend Edelman as an author, and suggest you read Infoquake and its sequel MultiReal if you are looking for high-octane action, deep thinking, and eloquent writing.” (Full Review)

Infoquake’s strengths have carried over to its sequel, as Natch’s lieutenants are further fleshed out and their characters are tested by the various hurdles thrown up before them… People get accustomed to new ideas by leveraging the notion of things we’ve seen before, like saying this work is a cross between Wall Street and Neuromancer/Snow Crash/Blade Runner. That’s nice, I guess, but it doesn’t do justice to Edelman’s creation. With Infoquake and MultiReal, he’s got new archetypes aplenty, and he doesn’t need old tropes to slow him down.” (Full Review)

Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s #1 Customer Reviewer:
MultiReal seems unreal as a mind-altering reality-changing technology. The tool merges biology with the infinitive of quantum physics in a way that no one ever dreamed of before… MultiReal continues the fascinating look at the future possibilities of nanotechnological human bio/logics. Natch is still the same ambitious rogue he was in Infoquake, as he will try anything and risk everything to be number one in his field.” (Full Review)

Don D’Ammassa, Critical Mass:
“The sequel to Infoquake builds on the setting and situations established in that novel… I suppose you could call this cyberpunk because it’s very much about the interface between people and technology, but it’s also a very perceptive speculative look at how the human potential might be enhanced, or crippled, by its own creations. I look forward to the third book in the trilogy.” (Full Review)

Chicago Center for Literature and Photography:
“(Rating: 8.8 out of 10) This is a series that genre fans will definitely want to check out, and an individual chapter here that could very well garner a Hugo nomination next year… MultiReal is most decidedly a better-written novel than Infoquake… I can solidly recommend that all SF fans get caught up with this series, and get used to a new voice in the genre who I hope will be around for a long time.” (Full Review) “So congratulate science-fiction cult favorite David Louis Edelman — he’s the only author on the planet to win the CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Award two years in a row now, ironically enough for the first two books of the same complex sci-fi saga.” (Link)

Rob Bedford, Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff:
“Where does MultiReal stand in this year’s slew of (SF) book releases? At this point it’s right at the top with Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.” (Full Article)

Post-Weird Thoughts:
“Edelman manages to create realistic figures almost to the point of melodrama, but keeping a balance so they have internal coherence, filled with purpose but being at the same time contradictory in their choices and actions… While William Gibson was interested in obtaining aesthetical and narrative effects, his friend Bruce Sterling was more into politics. Edelman took this Sterling-esque trend and stretched it as far as he could — and he did a hell of a job.” (Full Review)

POD People:
“(Rating: 10 out of 10) MultiReal is a deep book, full of plots and counter-plots, with a stunning vision of the future. It manages what seems to be impossible, making the act of computer programming exciting, while reflecting on the nature of government and business. This is high science fiction at its finest.” (Full Review)

Christian Sauvé:
“A strong second novel that shows how Edelman is growing as a writer. As high-tech SF novels go, this is one of the year’s good choices. It’s fun to read, interesting to think about and suggests that the third volume of the trilogy will be even better.” (Full Review)

Josh Vogt, Through a Glass, Darkly:
“Edelman states that his desire was to avoid making a sci-fi novel that is driven by big explosions, mindless fight scenes and other action-driven tropes. Instead, he wanted to take the intrigue to the meeting room, the debate halls, the mental corridors where will and intellect clash. I’d say he did a wonderful job of that, and still manages to provide a couple fight-or-flight spots that would satisfy the adrenaline junkie… So even for a reader who loves laser battles and big explosions, MultiReal still comes across as extremely satisfying and fun. Lots of intrigue, battles of wills and constant betrayals and plot twists drive this machine to the end, and it’s all you can do to hang on for the ride.” (Full Review)

Erik Beck:
“Any good science fiction novel must pass the Hunt [for Red October] test. It’s not enough to create a world of amazing possibilities and incredible technology. There must be a reason these technologies were developed… MultiReal not only passes the all important Hunt test, but also passes the main tests for any work of genre fiction.” (Full Review)

The International House of Bacon:
“The Jump 225 trilogy may be my favorite current science fiction offering. If you’re not reading these books, you’re missing out — it’s the perfect combination of silly tech stuff, plot, and action. LOVE it.” (Link)

“The twists and turns the story takes are as interesting and thrilling as any space opera… MultiReal is the middle book in a truly epic trilogy, and if you are seriously into science fiction you should read it and its prequel Infoquake, because it is a game changer.” (Full Review)

The Scattering:
“By the time MultiReal comes around… the reader is left wondering just how Frank Herbert and Ayn Rand managed to enter the picture unseen. Not that you can really go wrong with Mervyn Peake, Frank Herbert, and Ayn Rand. In fact, this synthesis might just make Jump 225 my new favorite science fiction series.” (Full Review)

“If you are into the (non-fantasy) Stross or Stephenson, you’ll probably like Jump 225, too.” (Full Review)

Mode 7 Games Blog:
Infoquake and its sequel MultiReal are the same for me. I can’t recommend it enough — go buy Infoquake now.” (Full Article)

Rainbo Electronic Reviews:
“Enough technological underpinnings to satisfy the old-line science fiction fans who are still waiting for their jet packs, but using characters with fully-formed personalities that break the mold of the traditional guerrilla mentalities we see so often. Yummy!” (Full Review)

The Future Is a Trilogy; The Past Is a Series:
“I enjoyed reading this book… Edelman has created an interesting version of a distant future for humanity, one that I find believable and well thought out. He has done a lot of work on imagining an entire history leading up to his future world, and creating an intriguing society.” (Full Review)

From Readers

War Arrow, The Faction Paradox Community:
MultiReal cements Edelman’s credentials as a truly original builder of worlds… the scene in which (for one example) the Surina/Natch fiefcorp has its business license suspended beats anything I’ve read involving spacecraft crashing into asteroids in terms of sheer drama… There was a review of Geosynchron (the third of the trilogy) on Amazon which described the Jump 225 trilogy as ‘one of the most important sci-fi works of our time,’ and I find it very hard to disagree. Once again my head is spinning.” (Full Review)

Kevin Joseph, Amazon reviewer:
MultiReal succeeds in most respects, setting up what promises to be an exciting conclusion to the trilogy… I’m a huge fan of this trilogy and find Edelman’s vision of the future as original, thorough and convincing as any I’ve seen. If I had to guess what our future society will look like, I’d lay money on it taking a form resembling the setting of the Jump 225 trilogy.” (Full Review)

L.M. Frecks, Amazon reviewer:
“(5 stars) Infoquake was such a great read that I feared the sequel wouldn’t/couldn’t be as great. I’ve rarely been so pleased with a sequel. The series reminds me of Asimov’s Foundation series — only with a slick modern twist. I’m alternatively envious and terrified of the world Edelman’s created. I do know that I can’t wait to see what happens to Natch and his colleagues next.” (Link)

Norman A. Levinson, Amazon reviewer:
MultiReal not only takes Infoquake but the author to the next level. There is no question in my mind that this sequel unequivocally propels and firmly establishes Edelman into the ranks of Gibson, Simmons, Asimov, and beyond…where I accordingly predict he will take the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and/or John Campbell Award(s) for 2008.” (Full Review)

Liviu, Goodreads reviewer:
“Excellent follow up to Infoquake… The table is set for an exciting finish to the trilogy in the third volume. Highly, highly recommended.” (Full Review)

logos728, Shelfari reviewer:
“(5/5 stars) Brilliant gripping prose, hard SF unlike anything I’ve read in a long time. Something totally new, this series has become one of my favorites.” (Link)

Kaleb T, Shelfari reviewer:
“(4/5 stars) Just as good as the first in this series. I can’t wait for the final part… There were a LOT of surprises in this one.” (Link)