Authors: Neal Stephenson & Frederick George
RRP 6.99
ISBN 0 09 942775 3
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There is no way that William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likeable Midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - one that has been provided by a mysterious group of backers. A biochip implanted in his brain allows him to be wired up to a computerised polling system so that the mood of the electorate is channelled directly into his brain. He is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect...

The opening of Interface sees governor Cozzano struck by a fairly severe stroke, one from which he fails to make a complete recovery. With the election nearing there is no way that the public must discover his plight and his office set about looking for a way to undo the damage that is done. Enter Dr Radhakrishnan, a surgeon who has been placing chips in the brains of monkeys to raise there intelligence, as well as making them easier to control.

This novel is almost 650 pages in length and, when boiled down to its roots there is not much of a story here: Governor has stroke, implants chip and then runs for president. However the authors have managed to weave an intriguing plot and bring forth interesting characters with whom the reader can relate.

In an era when the line between man and machine is becoming more and more blurred, Interface could well be the last truly great science fiction story before the science fact takes over.

This book cries out for a movie to be made of it and if Hollywood knows what good for it it will snap up the rights.

I riveting read from start to finish.

Darren Rea

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