Our last reading of the year is cause for celebrationas Seattle writer and professional technologist (in a big way) Ramez Naam reads and signs here for Nexus (Angry Robot), his first novel on its publication dayits first day in the world. This is serious, near-future work. "Nexus is a gripping piece of near future speculation, riffing on the latest developments in cognition enhancement. With all the grit and pace of the Bourne films, this is a clever and confident debut by a writer expertly placed to speculate about where we're heading. Unlike a lot of SF, this novel dares to look the future square in the eye." – Alastair Reynolds. "Nexus is the most brilliant hard SF thriller I've read in years. It's smart, it's gripping, and it describes a chilling reality that is all-too plausible." – Brenda Cooper. Ramez Naam is also author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement.