The release today of David J. Williams' The Machinery of Light completes the science fiction trilogy that began with 2008's The Mirrored Heavens and last year's The Burning Skies, both of which were covered on Omnivoracious as examples of intelligent, exciting near-future SF.
Set in a 22nd century divided by a Second Cold War into two rival superpowers, Williams' new novel tells the story of the Rain's ignition of total war across the Earth-Moon system between the United States and the Eurasian Coalition, and the desperate scramble by a motley crew of agents and hackers to uncover the final secret of the mastermind behind the Rain's creation. Previous novels chronicled the Rain's downing of a space elevator and their attack on an O'Neill cylinder, and focus on the fate of Claire Haskell, a rogue cyborg/supercomputer whose altered memory may hold the key to defeating the Rain.
Williams' hybrid military SF/cyberpunk/espionage trilogy has drawn praise from The Seattle Times ("wild and relentless"), Lost Fleet author Jack Campbell ("a 21st century Neuromancer"), and Philip K. Dick award winner Stephen Baxter, who declared that Williams has "hacked into the future." Futurist Jamais Cascio, named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their top 100 global thinkers, recently told io9 on Twitter that the Autumn Rain series constitutes one of the outstanding examples of posthuman science fiction.
Williams previously worked as a writer on Vancouver, BC-based Relic Entertainment's Homeworld video game franchise, receiving story concept for the first game and contributing writer credits on the second. He maintains an extensive website that features art, maps and hardware specs relating to the Autumn Rain trilogy.