Slant, is a aequel to Queen of Angels, but, I would say, is much less ambitious and also a much better book.
Policewoman Mary Choy is back, after a few life changes (divorce, move from LA to Seattle, job change). When she's called on to assist in an investigation of sex workers killed through botched back-alley nanotech operations, she does not expect to be launched into a far-reaching conspiracy to bring down society. But a billionaire investor's mysterious suicide, a virtual-reality murder, and an unprecedented epidemic of mental disturbances and general crime all seem to be somehow related...
With diverse characters that include a has-been porn star, a scientist with self-induced Tourette's syndrome, a renegade AI, and a heist mastermind without a past, Bear discusses many of the same themes as in the previous book, but in the context of a complex, entertaining and action-filled novel.
Loved this one. At once futuristic and prophetic. Even in 1996 Bear predicted that we will all be staring into tiny little screens of our "pads", what today is the "smart phone". But that's just part of the story.
Highly recommend this book.
Inthe sixthdecad of the 21st century. Earth has beeen transformed. Nonotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and temselves down to the cellurlar level. And the study of the mind has brought a revolutionin human psychotherapy and artificial intelligence.
It's a sane and perfect world. Almost.