ôAll right. HeÆs dead. Go ahead and talk to him.ö It is the year 2055, and the battle of the sexes has seven combatants rather than two. ôThe illusion of empathyö has been dispensed with, and a few idealistic souls try to create a utopia with pirated technology. But a wired journalist, Andrew Worth, doesnÆt want any part of the pop ôFrankenscienceö regularly dished out to the masses. Burned-out after completing a documentary on controversial developments in biotechnology, he turns down a chance to report on a baffling new mental disorder known as Distress and instead takes an assignment covering the Einstein Centenary Conference on the artificial island of Stateless. There, a young South African physicist, Violet Mosala, is expected to unveil her candidate for a Theory of Everything. But the assignment is not the tropical respite Worth was expecting. Unfortunately academiaÆs facade of civility is dangerously cracked with a seething maelstrom of plotting, assassination attempts, and rebellion, and Worth is dragged down into the nightmare. The worldÆs only hope for survival lies in Violet MosalaÆs development of a final Theory of Everything, but whether it will lead to the total destruction of life as we know it or the complete remaking of the universe may be a risk too dangerous to take. Greg EganÆs audacious voice and literary scope create a fragmented futuristic world where technology and bioengineering threaten humanityÆs very existence.