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The Affinities

Robert Charles Wilson

In our rapidly-changing world of "social media", everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into social groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies--genetic, brain-mapping, behavioral. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one's life. It's like family, and more than family. Your fellow members aren't just like you, and they aren't just people who are likely to like you. They're also the people with whom you can best cooperate in all areas of life--creative, interpersonal, even financial. At loose ends both professional and personal, young Adam Fisk takes the suite of tests to see if he qualifies for any of the Affinities, and finds that he's a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It's utopian-at first. Problems in all areas of his life begin to simply sort themselves out, as he becomes part of a global network of people dedicated to helping one another-to helping him. But as the differing Affinities put their new powers to the test, they begin to rapidly chip away at the power of governments, of global corporations, of all the institutions of the old world. Then, with dreadful inevitability, the different Affinities begin to go to war--with one another. What happens next will change Adam, and his world, forever.

In our rapidly-changing world of "social media", everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into social groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies--genetic, brain-mapping, behavioral. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one's life. It's like family, and more than family. Your fellow members aren't just like you, and they aren't just people who are likely to like you. They're also the people with whom you can best cooperate in all areas of life--creative, interpersonal, even financial. At loose ends both professional and personal, young Adam Fisk takes the suite of tests to see if he qualifies for any of the Affinities, and finds that he's a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It's utopian-at first. Problems in all areas of his life begin to simply sort themselves out, as he becomes part of a global network of people dedicated to helping one another-to helping him. But as the differing Affinities put their new powers to the test, they begin to rapidly chip away at the power of governments, of global corporations, of all the institutions of the old world. Then, with dreadful inevitability, the different Affinities begin to go to war--with one another. What happens next will change Adam, and his world, forever.
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In our rapidly-changing world of "social media", everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into social groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies--genetic, brain-mapping, behavioral. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one's life. It's like family, and more than family. Your fellow members aren't just like you, and they aren't just people who are likely to like you. They're also the people with whom you can best cooperate in all areas of life--creative, interpersonal, even financial. At loose ends both professional and personal, young Adam Fisk takes the suite of tests to see if he qualifies for any of the Affinities, and finds that he's a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It's utopian-at first. Problems in all areas of his life begin to simply sort themselves out, as he becomes part of a global network of people dedicated to helping one another-to helping him. But as the differing Affinities put their new powers to the test, they begin to rapidly chip away at the power of governments, of global corporations, of all the institutions of the old world. Then, with dreadful inevitability, the different Affinities begin to go to war--with one another. What happens next will change Adam, and his world, forever.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

9h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

35:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

34:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

37:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:27