Eric Liu is a career technologist, amateur sociologist, and passionate futurist. He has technical degrees from MIT and Stanford and has worked in high tech companies in Silicon Valley for over eight years. He exercises his creativity through song, dance, and writing and believes that we make the world stronger by bringing disparate things together: art and industry, science and tradition, corporations and communities, and government and technology.
He believes a story can change the world.
What we read, watch, and discuss can have a real impact on our lives. His mission is to bring environmental issues and technology's role in solving them to the forefront through the power of fiction.
on June 06, 2013 :
the author managed to infuse together science fiction and fantasy in a great way. totally loved it!!!
(review of free book)
on March 08, 2011 :
Fun adventure sci fi with a well thought out backdrop dealing with climate change:
This reminds me a little bit of Accelerando, by Charles Stross in that it actually explores a range of time and shows how the world changes in that period of time. However, this is both less aggressive and more focused than Accelerando. In focusing primarily on climate change and introducing the parallel story structure, Eric Liu is able to make this an easy, fun read. I blew through this rather quickly with minimal confusion (Accelerando, while brilliant, can sometimes be a chore to get through). At the end, I felt that everything came together well from both the characters and the overall world arc that was being explored. I look forward to finding more books from this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 04, 2011 :
Engaging Story Brings Climate Change Challenges to Life
A lot of science fiction these days can get repetitive. Aliens, wars in space, and robots have almost become genres on their own. Terrene has the grand imagination of these science fiction novels but focuses instead on a different kind of science: climate science. Eric Liu manages to elevate botany and sustainable living to the level of rockets and laser beams while making all of this relevant to the age of computers and information. A great read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)