Author: Bruce Sterling
Genre: Oh, this one is hard to describe... I guess I'd say it's a techno-thriller.
Topical Arc: Get sh!t off my bookshelves!
Copyright Date: 2004
Cover: A satellite, with matrix-like streams around it.
First line: "The Most Important Man in the World put his pants on one leg at a time."
Best part: It's a really funny portrait of government agencies post-nine-eleven.
Worst part: It tends towards the bleak.
Imaginary Theme Song: "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty
Recommended for: Folks who like Sterling but wish he wouldn't be quite as speculative.
Related Reads: Holy Fire and Heavy Weather by the same author.