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As in the header, I remember very little about this book or series

Some guy who is a key leader, either Earth Government or a corporation or a power bloc. There was a space trading element but I really can't remember anything about that. I don't think this person was the main character.

The key point I remember is, from the moment he wakes up, there's a little device or implant at one of his ears. All day long he gets updated on stock market and political info and military dispersals. A continuous low murmur.

  • Gore Burnelli from the Commonwealth saga ? But he is from the 00's and constant information flow comes from direct brain-internet interface, not an specific ear implant. – Seretba Feb 10 at 11:05
  • No, it was deffo earlier than that I read it, I remember discussing such a thing with a workmate, when I was at the coalmine, and I finished there in the late eighties. – DannyMcG Feb 10 at 11:21
  • Darn, my first thought was Aristoi (1992) by Walter Jon Williams. – Spencer Feb 10 at 22:46
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    Ora:cle by Kevin O'Donnell, Jr.? Published in 1984 and my memory is hazy on the actual storyline, but your description immediately reminded me of this book. I think it even begins with a description of the main character waking up and skimming messages and news on his implant. There are aliens and humans trade with them. The protagonist is connected to a worldwide computer network as an expert in his field, so a leader in some sense. The universal presence of information (and, as it later turns out, absence of particular information) plays a big role in the book. – Ernst de Ridder Feb 11 at 10:08
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    Well I managed to get a copy of Oracle by Kevin O'Donnell Jr. It was indeed the book I was looking for. @Ernst de Ridder :- do you wanna post it as an answer and I'll accept? – DannyMcG Feb 13 at 7:24
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ORA:CLE by Kevin O'Donnell, Jr.? Published in 1983 and my memory is hazy on the actual storyline, but your description immediately reminded me of this book. I think it even begins with a description of the main character waking up and skimming messages and news on his implant. There are aliens and humans trade with them. The protagonist is connected to a worldwide computer network as an expert in his field, so a leader in some sense. The universal presence of information (and, as it later turns out, absence of particular information) plays a big role in the book.

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