The Devil's Dictionary

"This fast-moving SF thriller pops with weirdness and engrossing story that will make you both laugh and think. A richly lunatic tale of the future." ‍ - Kirkus Reviews
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About The Devil's Dictionary

New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact…and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, then updated and expanded upon it, to guide readers on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives. From the ways science and technology are fundamentally altering our bodies and our world (the world’s first bionic soldier, the future of evolution), to those explosive collisions between science and culture (life extension and bioweapons), we’re crossing moral and ethical lines we’ve never faced before.As Kotler writes, “Life is a tricky sport—and that’s the emotional core of this story, the real reason we can’t put Pandora back in the box. When you strip everything else away, technology is nothing more than the promise of an easier tomorrow. It’s the promise of hope. And how do you stop hope?”Join Kotler in this fascinating exploration of our incredible next: a deep dive into those future technologies happening now—and what it means to be a part of this brave new world.


"Astounding! I love any book that teaches me about the future and Kotler’s Last Tango is the best I’ve read in a very long time. Incredibly insightful, wildly entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down.”
Peter Diamandis
Founder of the X Prize, co-chairman of Singularity University, bestselling author
“Dazzling! A luminous, diamond-bright thriller of the near future. Sparkling with empathy, packed with wit, and overflowing with catch-your-breath insights into the human condition. I wish I’d written this myself.”
Ramez Naam
Philip K Dick Award-winning author
"Some books give you a peek into what the future may hold, but Last Tango holds you down, tapes your eyes open, and blasts the doors off. More fun than used to be legal in many states.”
Joshua Klein
Hacker, Host of National Geographic’s The Link, Author, and Consultant
“With a sharp cyberpunk mind and an empaths’ soul, Last Tango gives us a believable near-future and a story you won’t be able to stop reading. I inhaled in one gulp. Bravo!”
R.U. Sirius
Writer, editor, talk show host, musician, and co-founder of Mondo 2000
“This fast-moving SF thriller pops with weirdness and engrossing story that will make you both laugh and think…a richly lunatic tale of the future.”
Kirkus Reviews
"This joyride never loses steam…. Kotler puts together a top-notch cyberpunk novel with authority and flair.”
“It’s an exceptionally powerful read, with great dialogue; and, despite the tension, I still laughed out loud in multiple places. The premise of an emotion-based near-future sci-fi is also new and exciting. A clear favourite of the year for me.”
Libri Draconis
“[The Devil’s Dictionary is] an action-packed techno thriller. Readers with a fondness for nature will appreciate Lion and the sincerity of his quest.”
Publishers Weekly