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READ Ò Accelerando Charles Stross Ä 1 READ The Singularity It is the era of the posthuman Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant replicating and reprogramming at will Contact with extraterrestrial life grows imminent with each n. OK let s start with the fact that the book jacket compared Charles Stross s writing with William Gibson and Neal Stephenson at their bestAs a reader who has a serious crush on Stephenson s writing I instantly had an expectation was set up in my mind as you can imagineHowever this novel was thoroughly disappointing I like hard SF and cyberpunk that explores social s and the impacts of technology and science upon society And can do so with humor or irony The science was so outlandishly bad eg generating sufficient power to run manufacturing plants on a satellite of Jupiter by wrapping conductors around the satellite across the poles to create a conducting loop to move through Jupiter s magnetic field and the belief in the Singularity so without skepticism that I stopped drinking the Kool Aid at about page 220 and had to gut out the last half of the book without the necessary suspension of disbelief that is why I read science fiction in the first place As the book proceeds use of science or IT concepts becomes increasingly absurd as the main characters who are nearly impossible to feel any sympathy for are rescued Deus ex Machina style from ridiculous crises with unexplored implications that abuse the reader s time and effort placed in attempting to understand what has been writtenThe ability to dash out clever metaphors and create a story around a compelling idea like the Singularity does not guarantee that the story will be good Stross has moments of true humor and irony but the characters are leaden and locked in epoch long neuroses that persist whether the character is in meatspace or has re instantiated itself as an orangutan or a flock of passenger pigeons I m not making this up There is also a level of omniscience and confidence in the main characters that suggests they know everything that has happened and will happen While this may be a device to make the post humans off putting to us as human beings part of the reason to write a book is to get humans to read it and most real humans won t soldier through a book with know it all characters they cannot care about who already have figured out everything that will happen to them and seem unbelievably bored by anything except for their family suabbles The middle third from around page 200 through 300 really lacks coherence and cannot be readily followed by any but the most careful reading And upon careful reading you are not rewarded This is not Pynchon or Faulkner this is geek speak that does not connect with ideas that matter At the point where the travellers encounter alien intelligences the entire story completely falls apart and has to be rescued again from its own excessesI have spent too much time writing about this If you read this review you have been warned about what to expect in reading this book I will not be picking up another Stross novel any time soon Bark know everything that has happened and will happen While this may be a device to make the post humans off putting to us as human beings part of the reason to write a book is to get humans to read it and most real humans won t soldier through a book with Only Lycans Need Apply Broken Heart #9 know it all characters they cannot care about who already have figured out everything that will happen to them and seem unbelievably bored by anything except for their family suabbles The middle third from around page 200 through 300 really lacks coherence and cannot be readily followed by any but the most careful reading And upon careful reading you are not rewarded This is not Pynchon or Faulkner this is geek speak that does not connect with ideas that matter At the point where the travellers encounter alien intelligences the entire story completely falls apart and has to be rescued again from its own excessesI have spent too much time writing about this If you read this review you have been warned about what to expect in reading this book I will not be picking up another Stross novel any time soon

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READ Ò Accelerando Charles Stross Ä 1 READ Her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan Amber's son who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanityFor something is systemically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system Something beyond human comprehension Something that has no use for biological life in any for. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be doneOn the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books 6 of which I d previously read leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to meWhile working through this reading list I got married went on my honeymoon switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far2006 Accelerando won the Locus Sci Fi award beating the Hugo winner SpinPersonally I would have given the award to Simmons Olympus the seuel to 2004 s winner Ilium one of my all time favourite books But I m very glad the guys and gals voting for the Locus gave it to Accelerando because that way it got onto my reading list After making the decision to read every Locus Sci Fi winner this is the book I started my uest with It was recent sounded interesting was a new author for me and was available from second hand for just 1p plus delivery This book made me feelChrist On A Bike Doing Bunnyhops Through Bethlehem I would describe it asA charismatic geekazoid ideagasming into my optic nervesWhat I said at the time to my wifeThe main guy I was telling you about well he s now a flock of pigeons living in his grandson s space habitat orbiting Saturn which is controlled by the AI who used to be an orangutan his daughter s ship and his catIt s that kind of book Like riding a rollercoaster through a technology museum then being uizzed about the exhibitsIt throws a lot of information at you opens up a lot of different angles and doesn t explain much Then it lurches off down one of these angles into the future and does it again While you re trying to figure out what s happening this time you re also trying to figure out which details were relevant from the last chapter to get you here Then we lurch forward again and a pattern emerges we re trying to look at the present then at the past for how the hell we got here then to the future for where we re going next Each lurch gets extreme accelerating the profound post singularity changes on individuals and societyIt s a fascinating experience with a wonderful free wheeling spiritBut it lacks heart By surfing the wave of progress the characters in Accelerando are moving further and further away from traditional norms and as such the emotional hooks they exert upon the reader are increasingly abstract and tenuous It s a brilliant thought experiment but lacking in soulDelighted to give it 4 stars but uite firm that it doesn t deserve 5 After this I read Rainbows End The Feral The last Line Book One kind of book Like riding a rollercoaster through a technology museum then being uizzed about the exhibitsIt throws a lot of information at you opens up a lot of different angles and doesn t explain much Then it lurches off down one of these angles into the future and does it again While you re trying to figure out what s happening this time you re also trying to figure out which details were relevant from the last chapter to get you here Then we lurch forward again and a pattern emerges we re trying to look at the present then at the past for how the hell we got here then to the future for where we re going next Each lurch gets extreme accelerating the profound post singularity changes on individuals and societyIt s a fascinating experience with a wonderful free wheeling spiritBut it lacks heart By surfing the wave of progress the characters in Accelerando are moving further and further away from traditional norms and as such the emotional hooks they exert upon the reader are increasingly abstract and tenuous It s a brilliant thought experiment but lacking in soulDelighted to give it 4 stars but uite firm that it doesn t deserve 5 After this I read Rainbows End

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READ Ò Accelerando Charles Stross Ä 1 READ Ew dayStruggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan Manfred an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter Amber on the run from her domineering mother seeking. I finally understand why Charles Stross is so popular even though I often find his fiction borderline unreadable I think he writes for a tech savvy readership and they love him for it It s great when an author gives you credit for intelligence and understanding and never talk down to you However while I know my way around Windows and Android phones I don t consider myself tech savvy certainly my understanding of programming is minimal A lot of what Stross puts in his fiction goes right over my headThis is my third Stross book originally it was going to be the first as it is available as a free e book under Creative Commons licence Unfortunately on that first attempt I could not read than 50 pages and had to give it up I had better luck with his Singularity Sky which I uite enjoyed not long after that I read The Atrocity Archives which I partially enjoyed very much like my second attempt at Accelerando I wanted to give Accelerando another try because it is a highly rated book among my friends at PrintSF online discussion group While I don t rate the book uite so highly myself I kind of understand my peers enthusiasm for it there is a lot to admire in Accelerando even if the end result does not uite work for meCharles Stross has an immense imagination he knows his science and he has a sense of humour In addition to all that his blogs and other online posts give the impression that he is a great guy kind friendly modest and enthusiastic about science and science fiction The only snag is I find his prose style difficult to read He employs a ton of technical jargon and neologism most of which is never clarified I understand that he has numerous fans who do not have any problem comprehending his work power to them I can only speak for myselfAccelerando is a fix up novel comprised of nine short stories about events shortly before the advent of the singularity through the singularity and events post singularityThere lies the weakness of the book as a novel for me the nine stories do not bind together into one cohesive tale The fix up nature of the novel plays hell with the narrative rhythm I find myself veering crazily back and forth between enjoying the book to feeling a bit bored and frustrated with it The end result is on the positive side but not by a large margin Practically every page is brimming with new ideas and concepts sf readers who in this genre for the technological speculation is likely to have a field day This is under the proviso that they are able to follow the author s technical expositions I have to confess about 25% of these ideas flew right over my head may be I just don t have enough bandwidth or storage space to cope with them Be that as it may the reading experience can be frustrating from time to time Another complaint I have is with the characterization most of the characters except that weird cyber cat are of not worth caring about as Stross does not spend much time developing them they just exist to drive the plot forward I really do like the ideas that I was able to absorb though especially those concerning posthumanism and Stross speculation of what our race may eventually evolve or transcend intoAfter being disappointed with The Atrocity Archives I kept telling myself that Charles Stross sf books are just not for me yet somehow his ideas always manage to entice me to pick up another one I like Accelerando over all but I am also disappointed in it The trouble is I am almost certain to read another one of his book in the near future and I probably won t enjoy it Le Comte de Monte Cristo know my way around Windows and Android phones I don t consider myself tech savvy certainly my understanding of programming is minimal A lot of what Stross puts in his fiction goes right over my headThis is my third Stross book originally it was going to be the first as it is available as a free e book under Creative Commons licence Unfortunately on that first attempt I could not read than 50 pages and had to give it up I had better luck with his Singularity Sky which I uite enjoyed not long after that I read The Atrocity Archives which I partially enjoyed very much like my second attempt at Accelerando I wanted to give Accelerando another try because it is a highly rated book among my friends at PrintSF online discussion group While I don t rate the book uite so highly myself I Planeta mediocrilor kind of understand my peers enthusiasm for it there is a lot to admire in Accelerando even if the end result does not uite work for meCharles Stross has an immense imagination he The Prince of the Wind Karazan uartet #3 knows his science and he has a sense of humour In addition to all that his blogs and other online posts give the impression that he is a great guy A Negotiated Marriage kind friendly modest and enthusiastic about science and science fiction The only snag is I find his prose style difficult to read He employs a ton of technical jargon and neologism most of which is never clarified I understand that he has numerous fans who do not have any problem comprehending his work power to them I can only speak for myselfAccelerando is a fix up novel comprised of nine short stories about events shortly before the advent of the singularity through the singularity and events post singularityThere lies the weakness of the book as a novel for me the nine stories do not bind together into one cohesive tale The fix up nature of the novel plays hell with the narrative rhythm I find myself veering crazily back and forth between enjoying the book to feeling a bit bored and frustrated with it The end result is on the positive side but not by a large margin Practically every page is brimming with new ideas and concepts sf readers who in this genre for the technological speculation is likely to have a field day This is under the proviso that they are able to follow the author s technical expositions I have to confess about 25% of these ideas flew right over my head may be I just don t have enough bandwidth or storage space to cope with them Be that as it may the reading experience can be frustrating from time to time Another complaint I have is with the characterization most of the characters except that weird cyber cat are of not worth caring about as Stross does not spend much time developing them they just exist to drive the plot forward I really do like the ideas that I was able to absorb though especially those concerning posthumanism and Stross speculation of what our race may eventually evolve or transcend intoAfter being disappointed with The Atrocity Archives I Twerking Cruxes and a Cloaked Visage kept telling myself that Charles Stross sf books are just not for me yet somehow his ideas always manage to entice me to pick up another one I like Accelerando over all but I am also disappointed in it The trouble is I am almost certain to read another one of his book in the near future and I probably won t enjoy it

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 415
  • Accelerando
  • Charles Stross
  • English
  • 10 February 2020
  • 9780441014156