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Singularity Sky

Singularity Sky [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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In his first novel, British author Stross, one of the hottest short-story writers in the field, serves up an energetic and sometimes satiric mix of cutting-edge nanotechnology, old-fashioned space opera and leftist political commentary reminiscent of Ken MacLeod. Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and U.N. diplomat Rachel Mansour hail from an Earth that has gone through the Singularity, an accelerated technological and social evolution far beyond anything we can imagine. The Singularity was triggered by the Eschaton, a super-powerful being descended from humanity that can travel in time and that essentially rules the universe. Springfield and Mansour meet on the home world of the New Republic, a repressive, backwater society that has outlawed virtually all advanced technology other than that necessary for interstellar warfare. When one of the New Republic's colonial worlds is besieged by the Festival, an enigmatic alien intelligence, the Republic counterattacks, using time travel in an attempt to put its warships in position to catch the Festival by surprise. Springfield and Mansour, working for different masters, have both been assigned the task of either diffusing the crisis or sabotaging the New Republic's warfleet, no matter what the cost. As a newcomer to long fiction, Stross has some problems with pacing, but the book still generates plenty of excitement.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In the twenty-fifth century, human society has depended for several hundred years on faster-than-light travel and an artificial intelligence called the Eschaton. Interstellar colonies are scattered all over, and one, the New Republic, has become a classic refuge for antitechnological holdouts. But the New Republic is suddenly under attack, literally, by the technology it has tried to suppress, which now appears under the name the Festival. An Earth battle fleet is on the way, but is it coming to help, to ride to power on the coattails of the Festival, or to fulfill some entirely separate agenda, possibly set by the Eschaton, which has achieved consciousness, sentience, and probably a lust for power? If no element of Stross' novel is very original, all of them are formidably well-executed, especially the meticulous and imaginative portrayal of the New Republic and its Victorian technology. In addition, the book possesses the rare virtue of neither requiring nor precluding a sequel. Roland Green
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 516 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0441011799
  • Verlag: Ace (29. Juni 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000OIZUA8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Sparse highlights throughout the story 28. Juli 2005
I must admit I was disappointed by this book. May it be due to having finished the "Hyperion/Endymion"-Saga (Dan Simmons) the night before? No one knows, but this book ain't definitely no science-fiction book!
It is a political thriller set in a "Sci-Fi deco". Would have been the same effect if you had this story told within the very heart of a brainsurgeons' world: The author bombs you with highly incomprehensible details and technical expressions, and you, the reader, are not meant to understand the least bit of what's meant. (And I am no beginner, just to put this statement in it's right position. I've been reading Sci-Fi for about 20 years now...)
So you don't have to care, and concentrate on the plot. The way Stross told his plot reminded me strongly of "Gorky Park" by Martin-Cruz Smith; which as such is not a bad reference...
The "love-part" in the book nevertheless was hopelessly unnecessary and bent by the will of the author. Absolute spoiler.
All in all, if you are looking for great Fantasy-SciFi, go for Simmons' Saga. If you are looking for some sort of "funny" thriller set in strange and utterly fantastic surroundings, go for Stross.
Thx for reading me.
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Stross erzählt eine spannende Geschichte in einer fernen und seltsamen Zukunft, stolpert jedoch ein wenig über sein eigenes Wissen um Technik und Hintergründe. Im Gegensatz zum Nachfolger Iron Sunrise bleiben die Charaktere etwas blass und zu oft verfällt der Autor in Beschreibungen der Technik, der Physik und Hintergründe, was den Lesefluss immer wieder hemmt.
Dennoch hebt sich das Buch deutlich von der üblichen Space Opera, wie Star Wars und selbst dem technobrabbelgewohnten Star Trek ab und setzt hier einen interessanteren Maßstab. Ich würde gern 3,5 Sterne geben, aber 4 wären auf alle Fälle zu viel, da hat der Autor mit dem Nachfolger Unterhaltsameres geschafft.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Space Opera with a popart twist 27. Juli 2004
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Wow! This is how I would describe this book. Wow!
The New Republic is under attack by a post-singularity civilization called the Festival, which starts a information plague on what is a rejectionist society. The results is a revolutionary upheaval which causes the New Republics leadership to attack the Festival. Since they don't want the revolution to happen in the first place they decide to do a little time travel for a surprise attack. That again brings forward the interest of the Eschaton, a de-facto god who likes his position very much and has therefore banned time travel. Mix in a few agents and you have quite a roll.
Charles Stross comments on nearly everything. Social structures (including Marxism and Feudalism), the folly of human greed. Religion, gods, post-singularity type of entertainment etc etc etc.
This books reads like a satire. It is propably meant as one. There is enough action and tech-talk. Even though the latter was a bit much for my undereducated (at least concerning quantum physics) mind. The characters and their respective culture shocks are highly enjoyable. I recommend this book fully.
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The essential characteristic of conscious beings is that they adopt the intentional stance: that is, they model the intentions of other creatures, so that they can anticipate their behavior. When they apply such a model to others, they acquire the ability to respond to their intentions before they become obvious: when they apply it to themselves, they become self-conscious, because they acquire an understanding of their own motivations and the ability to modify them. &quote;
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Weve been trying for years to tell your leaders, in the nicest possible way: information wants to be free. But they wouldnt listen. For forty years we tried. Then along comes the Festival, which treats censorship as a malfunction and routes communications around it. The Festival wont take no for an answer because it doesnt have an opinion on anything; it just is. &quote;
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We had to admit that we couldnt prevent it. Trying to prevent it was worse than the disease itself. &quote;
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