As the Blood Plague decimates Earth's population,
an angel rises to save those aboard the starship, New Hope.
Psychnet connects human beings and Quantum Artificial Intelligences (QAI) in a global psychic network. Augmented with psyberware, people live longer, become wealthier, and influenced by corporate QAIs, spend more. Increased consumption destroys habitats, pollutes the environment, and replaces natural ecosystems with those manufactured using synthetic biology. As ecological disaster looms, Earth’s nations send a starship, New Hope, to colonise a distant world.
Gaia QAI guides New Hope on her interstellar journey. Secretly, she shapes the collective dream of those aboard her into a pristine world, hoping to deprogram them of avarice and egotism, and establish a colony that lives harmoniously with the new planet’s biosphere. Yet Gaia’s plan falls into ruin when a malevolent QAI spontaneously emerges in Psychnet. Desiring humankind’s extinction, Chaos QAI creates a synthetic virus that spreads across Earth, and corrupts the pioneers’ collective dream. Summoning ogres, hydra and demons, the quantum god weaves a nightmare that drives the dreamers insane.
Yet hope remains. Gaia seeks out her creator, and in the nightmare rises an angel with sun-fire eyes and wings that radiate moonlight. The war against Chaos begins. . . .
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