Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312877156, 384pp.
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they'll go right through you to get it Don't carry it, don't wear it, and for god's sake don't come here if you've got a pacemaker.
The bugs showed up about fifty years ago--self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.
Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. He's one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.
In "7th Sigma, "Gould builds an extraordinary SF novel of survival and personal triumph against all the odds.
“Sheer adventure: full of engaging, nerdily detailed depictions of the minutiae of Aikido, spycraft, artificial life theory, frontier economics, religious zealotry, Zen meditation, and beautiful descriptions of the southwestern landscape. It has the true pulp adventure serial spirit, the compulsively consumable zing that'll have you turning pages long past your bedtime."--Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, on 7th Sigma