Accelerando is nine stories about the future of humanity, as our use and abuse of technology reaches a point of no return. It's built upon the theory of technological singularity, the point at which technology improves at an almost instantaneous rate. What sets "Accelerando" apart is that writer Charles Stross does not depict machines supplanting humanity; rather, our use of them becomes so ingrained that it is worth questioning whether or not humanity and technology are even separable. The stories start in a world much like our own, with each jumping successively farther into the future, closer to the singularity. "The Tourist," the third story of the collection, is easily one of the best 'near-future' science fiction I've read. It involves a man losing his entire personality when his iPhone-like device is stolen, and his adventure retrieving it. Keep in mind, this was written in the early two thousands, half a decade before Apple changed the mobile computing world. "Near-future" science fiction, indeed.
Trying to cope with the unchecked technological innovations that have rendered humankind nearly obsolete, the members of the Macx family are confronted by an unknown enemy that is systematically attempting to annihilate all biological lifeforms. Reprint.