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Shelves: sci-fi , odyssey I can be very creative when comes time to get violent. Starts off with the gorgeous, wild panorama of unbridled awesome futuristic visions and then veers wildly into archaic visions--visions much more like now. Stay alert, and read on. Commentary of society and technology. Reward mechanisms of societies, how states use power to control, kind of Marxy. Examination of gender roles, sexuality, and free agency.
IF all our dreams of technology were to come true, and there were no longer enforced mortality or scarcity would we be better? Would we? Or would we still be kicking the same problems down the road? Different can, different street. Nicely wrapped though and I laughed, usually at all the inappropriate times, so keep that in mind when considering my rating.
I know 3 stars seems low, but I did like it and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention. I might end up rounding up the stars. Yanking out pieces in the Jenga tower that is your identity. Unknowingly susceptible to external manipulation. Scary Stross masterfully blends an engaging, fast paced conspiracy thriller with a wildly imaginative and engrossing vision of far future humanity. Scary stuff. This is a future where distances, both small and stellar, are irrelevant.
Human biology, death and disease have been totally reshaped and are practically meaningless. Resources are in near infinite supply. It sounds Utopian. Yet humans remain as fallible and prone to conflict, fear and rivalries as ever. True that. The story also courageously tackles issues of gender equality and social conformity in contemporary society.
Stross often gets knocked for an excess of technobabble and putting his concepts before his story. That was certainly my feeling about Accelerando. And then the excitement fades as I continue reading. But it is also inconsistent: Stross lacks the chops to craft a smooth narrative on top of his own unique premise and setting, and the ending is anti-climactic to say the least. Stross has one or two classics within him.
Unfortunately, one of them is not Glasshouse. A few of his most out-there post-human Singularity books I have enjoyed, while understanding very little of them. The Atrocity Archives was the first book of his that I enjoyed, start to finish. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.
You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like them more than I actually have. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Shelves: sci-fi , odyssey I can be very creative when comes time to get violent. Starts off with the gorgeous, wild panorama of unbridled awesome futuristic visions and then veers wildly into archaic visions--visions much more like now. Stay alert, and read on. Commentary of society and technology. Reward mechanisms of societies, how states use power to control, kind of Marxy. Examination of gender roles, sexuality, and free agency. IF all our dreams of technology were to come true, and there were no longer enforced mortality or scarcity would we be better?
I held it off for all of two weeks or so, until 8 April, when the compulsion to start writing became too strong to resist, and the first draft emerged in just three weeks of obsessive hour days. The culture featured in the novel is based on the culture portrayed in the last chapter of Accelerando, "Survivor" full chapter here. Robin, a human male, is recovering from a memory excision process in a rehabilitation centre. Though he remembers nothing of his past life s , he suspects that he lived through traumatic times as a participant in the series of wars that raged many years before. Suspecting that he has been targeted for assassination by persons unknown, he agrees to sign-up with a radical, isolated social experiment that will attempt to recreate the forgotten " Dark Ages ", the late 20th and early 21st centuries.