The Silicon Man & Protektor

The Stairway Press Collected Edition

by Charles Platt

From the Introduction:

Can human intelligence thrive in computer hardware? The Silicon Man tells an intensely human, suspenseful story showing how it may be done. William Gibson praised it as “a plausible, well-crafted narrative exploring cyberspace in a wholly new and very refreshing way.” The Washington Post described it as “a well-plotted, fast-paced, and imaginative look into the future . . . a book where ideas drive the plot. Above all, Platt’s work is full of surprises.” Science Fiction Review said that it ranks “right up there with Michaelmas and The Demolished Man.” And Gregory Benford commented, “In fascinating detail, Platt shows us what it would really be like to live (and breathe!) in cyberspace.”

A second novel, Protektor, moves the action five centuries into a future where semi-intelligent computers have formed a unique, symbiotic relationship with humanity, creating an interstellar utopia– at the price of human freedom.

Together for the first time in one volume, these science-fiction adventures explore the ultimate implications of virtual reality and artificial intelligence with high drama and an in-depth understanding of the technology.


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What others are saying about The Silicon Man & Protektor

“Charles Platt was a key contributor to making Wired magazine a commercial and critical success. The stories helped Wired won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and countless other awards in the five years that I was editor-in-chief. When we needed someone to research a complicated story and deliver not just an insightful but engaging piece, we turned to Charles. We counted on his intelligence, curiosity, and enthusiasm, and he delivered every single time. Our mission was to report on the future, and he consistently predicted the commercial (and cultural) opportunities of future technologies -- as well as the challenges -- with uncanny, clear-eyed accuracy. I feel lucky that he worked for us.”

    – Louis Rossetto, founder of Wired magazine

“People sometimes ask book critics ‘Who are the best living writers?’ In the field of science journalism, my answer has long been Charles Platt.”

    – Michael Dirda of the Washington Post and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1993

“A compelling narrative ... philosophically and psychologically penetrating ... one of the best novels of the year.”

    – New York Times

“Well-plotted, fast-paced, and imaginative ... full of surprises.”

    – Washington Post Book World

"Feels like Robert A. Heinlein in his heydey ... the descriptions are terrific ... solid, thought-provoking work, enough to restore one's jaded interest in hard sci-fi."

    – Locus