Distress by Greg Egan
Summary Andrew Worth is a science journalist who has just finished a documentary about frakenscience and whose next assignment is to cover a meeting of physicists attending a conference about “theories of everything” on a biologically manufactured island of anarchists. Distress is the name of a new disease mysteriously breaking out around the world. Put this together in a not so distant future and you’ve got the makings of a good bio/cyber sci fi thriller.
Rating Written in 1996, this book does not show its age. Egan throws us all sort of goodness, biological and technological, but also philosophical, political, and scientific. Fans of Neal Stephenson will dig.