Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Gollancz, 2020
Resource type: Physical
Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with emigre Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
It has A LOT in-jokes relating to Hitchhiker's Guide. Once you are aware of that, it gets easier, also be prepared for time jumps for no apparent reason (which to my memory do not occur in any other of the books in the series). I have to say, not my favorite, but building towards greater things.
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