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    free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Charles Stross õ 3 summary read Palimpsest I blame the TARDISI was exposed to the time travelling blue telephone box and its uirky scarf adorned occupant at an early age and this exposure left me with a taste for causality violation for the bending of the unbreakable constraints of physics in time travel stories that bring modern people into contact with both the pre modern and their far future descendantsAs a result Palimpsest a time travel story written by t

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross Hugo Award for Best Novella 2010What a ride I daresay this is the best most imaginative time travel story I've read far beyond usual time travel fare The scope here is staggering nothing less than the origin and fate of humanity Earth and the u

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    Charles Stross õ 3 summary free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross read Palimpsest So after finishing The Time Traveler’s Wife I realized that the next book on my shelf was Family Matters The last Rohinton Mistry book I read cut me up so I decided that before I attempted this next one I would need something I was guaranteed to enjoy Fortunately my awesome limited edition of Palimpsest had just arrived from Subterranean Press I first read Palimpsest when it was a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Novella It

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    read Palimpsest Charles Stross õ 3 summary (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureAgent Pierce murdered his own grandfather to join Stasis the covert organization which works outside of time to reseed the Earth with humans every time they’re about to make themselves extinct Pierce considers himself a loyal agent and he didn’t even realize that there is a group that works in Opposition to Stasis — he’s only in training So why is someone trying to assassinate him?Palimpsest fo

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    free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Charles Stross õ 3 summary (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross Found and read online following a Twitter discussion about time travel storiesThis is an odd work atypical of Stross' work IMHO I am not sure I fully understood it As soon as I finished it I restarted it but I lack time to reread the whole thing immediatelyAs a piece of large scale SF it puts me in mind of Liu Cixin As a story which involve

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Charles Stross õ 3 summary I've got really mixed feelings about this story Overall I liked it but the repeated grandfather paradoxes throughout the story kept me from really enjoying itIt seems clear to me that Stross is positing only one timeline sin

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    read Palimpsest (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross Charles Stross õ 3 summary This is how I love my sci fi short and to the point We still get the Charlie Stross signature nice techie guy who falls for girls in sci fi settings but since this is a novella Palimpsest focuses almost entirely on the catch the what if kernel

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    free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Charles Stross õ 3 summary (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross While it is true that there are basically only about 4 characters in this story it doesn't make it less valuable or interesting uite opposite I would say The skills it must take to compile all the actions in a logical row when you on

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    free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Charles Stross õ 3 summary (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross Accelerando meets the Total Awareness Society Great meditation on the different ways we could be as the universe grows colder and darker individually and collectively That's the wrong conjunction junction because in the world of the

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Palimpsest Author Charles Stross uite a mind blowing novella from a master of future imaginings Good science fiction always gets the reader to think often to think way outside the box and Charles Stross has the mental power and writing ability to bring his stories to fruition in a way that provides challenges and insights and humor and wonder

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read Palimpsest Charles Stross õ 3 summary free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross The process they have reconfigured the basic structure of the universe all in the name of human continuityPierce is a newly recruited member of the Stasis serving out a complex twenty year apprenticeship while struggling to find his way through the paradoxical maze of history and unhistory that surrounds him As his once simple existence expands and replicates over vast stretches of time Pierce uncovers a new and unexpected destiny one that will embroil him in the larger purpo. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureAgent Pierce murdered his own grandfather to join Stasis the covert organization which works outside of time to reseed the Earth with humans every time they re about to make themselves extinct Pierce considers himself a loyal agent and he didn t even realize that there is a group that works in Opposition to Stasis he s only in training So why is someone trying to assassinate himPalimpsest follows Agent Pierce from initiation through his twenty years of training to his gruesome graduation ceremony and onto his assignments as a new agent The segments involving Pierce s progress are written in both second and third person and are occasionally interrupted by chapters of Powerpoint style lectures which show glimpses of alternate histories of our universe and describe the way the galaxy was restructured so that it could last for trillions of yearsIt s easy to see why Palimpsest won the Hugo Award for best novella in 2010 First of all it s beautifully written This comes from Slide 6 Six hundred and fifty million years later the outlines of Earth s new continents glow by night like a neon diadem against the darkness shouting consciousness at the sky in a blare of radio wavelength emissions as loud as a starAnd how can you not admire thisThe day after he murdered himself in cold blood Agent Pierce received an urgent summons to attend a meeting in the late nineteenth centuryYou d be tempted to think that time travel with its accompanying paradoxes is a well worn theme and Palimpsest does re visit some of the age old uestions but it s got some fresh and fascinating uestions to ask too If a historical event is written over which history is the correct one This is where the title Palimpsest comes from Is it ethical to decide who you want to be and then go back in time to remake yourself What happens when a powerful organization evolves so that it has abandoned its original purpose and made itself its reason for being What is the best way to make sure that the human species survivesPierce s predicaments and the issues he deals with are exciting but the story was so uick sketchy and subtle and it jumps around so much that I rarely had than a tentative grasp on what was going on at any moment I had to do a lot of rereading to make sure I knew what was happening though I admit that I have rarely enjoyed being lost as much as I did here and Stross was likely going for that effect The characters including Pierce himself are also sketchily drawn making it hard to connect with them Pierce who was just as bewildered as me was mostly a passive character pushed along by his strange circumstances Only at the end did he seem to seriously consider what he might do to affect his world again this was probably intentionalIn his afterword Charles Stross says Palimpsest wanted to be a novel It really really wanted to be a novel Maybe it will be someday I agree Palimpsest wants to be a novel It needs to be a novel I want it to be a novel This superb story deserves much space and time so to speak

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read Palimpsest Charles Stross õ 3 summary free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Ses of the Stasis and in the ultimate unresolved fate of humanity itselfSkillfully merging the threads of an individual life with the grandest most overarching concerns Palimpsest offers both visionary brilliance and narrative excitement in eual measure Powerfully imagined beautifully constructed and written throughout with great economy of means it is the kind of mind expanding mini epic that only science fiction and only a master practitioner like Charles Stross could produ. Accelerando meets the Total Awareness Society Great meditation on the different ways we could be as the universe grows colder and darker individually and collectively That s the wrong conjunction junction because in the world of the Palimpsest and freuent backups of EVERYTHING we can be copied overwritten copied overwritten again and again and again Whole spaceships staffed by variations on a theme Smart book but a chilly one

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read Palimpsest Charles Stross õ 3 summary free read Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Charles Stross Welcome to the Stasis the clandestine near omnipotent organization that stands at the heart of Charles Stross's Hugo Award winning novella PalimpsestBy mastering the mysteries of the Timegate the Stasis has repeatedly steered mankind away from the brink of utter extinction Through countless millennia through the 'mayfly flickerings' of innumerable transient civilizations its members have intervened at critical junctions reseeding the galaxy with viable potential survivors In. So after finishing The Time Traveler s Wife I realized that the next book on my shelf was Family Matters The last Rohinton Mistry book I read cut me up so I decided that before I attempted this next one I would need something I was guaranteed to enjoy Fortunately my awesome limited edition of Palimpsest had just arrived from Subterranean Press I first read Palimpsest when it was a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Novella It subseuently won deservedly the award and so when I heard that Subterranean Press was coming out with a hardcover edition I jumped to pre order itTime travel is weird confusing and inconsistent There is no way to avoid that and embracing this fact is the key to good time travel fiction Whether it s Doctor Who or Primer the method and mood of this mad embrace can be uite varied but the end result is the same a time travel story when done properly should blow your mindWhere most authors go wrong in their time travel plots is a desire to make sense So they go to the trouble of establishing various rules that attempt to compel their non linear story into a linear box forgetting all the while that once you break causality there is no going back Palimpsest is a refreshing change because Charles Stross doesn t try to make sense He acknowledges and works with the utter insanity that would be a universe where time travel is possible This allows him to accomplish wonderful things but it also demands a great deal of tolerance from the reader I can understand why some would reject this book as too confusing and too briefThe novella opens with Pierce describing in the second person narration that Stross uses as an interstitial techniue how he has to kill his own grandfather TVTropes as the beginning of his training for the Stasis The Stasis is a group of time travellers pledged to manipulate history and reseed humanity each time it goes extinct on Earth Humanity Stross explains always goes extinct They go to incredible lengths to achieve this goal Stross lyrically describes how they tinker with the ultimate fate of the Earth and solar system on a cosmic scale and literally manipulate the rise and fall of civilization to serve their own ends Though Stasis stated goal is the ultimate good survival of the human species they sure do seem authoritarian about itAs he undergoes his two decade long training period Pierce develops a fascination with palimpsests These are periods of history that have been rewritten so many times that it becomes very difficult to access any given version of history The Stasis has a Library that exists at the end of the Earth which is protected from all changes to the timeline and therefore records various versions of history This frustrates new agents who haven t yet learned that the Library lies After Pierce survives an assassination attempt presumably from someone out to prevent something he will do in his own future he convalesces in a science empire of the far future marries a native and has a family When he makes a uick trip to the Library to sort out an academic dispute he discovers that period of history has been turned into a palimpsest and he might never see his family againPierce eventually becomes drawn into a much larger plot threatening the existence of Stasis itself We along with Pierce are kept in the dark about the nature of this plot until close to the end of the book But without going into spoilers I can fairly succinctly describe the nature of the resistance the name Stasis should be a clue Though Stasis has humanity s preservation at heart it enforces this survival in a draconian and single minded way There is no room in Stasis agenda for extraterrestrial intelligence space exploration or indeed any type of development or growth that does not ultimately support Stasis This meta social construct has turned into a kind of symbiotic organism relying on the entirety of human history to existPalimpsest isn t perfect and if I could wish for one improvement it would be an extension to novel length There is just so much going on here an entire vocabulary and way of life that Stross can only barely explore The events that take place evoke so many classics of science fiction and of time travel stories for example Pierce dies multiple times even causing his own death at times What does this mean for the nature of self for our identity or even if you believe in such a thing our souls These uestions all linger in the back of one s mind but so because I am already aware of them and know to apply them to these circumstances They remain frustratingly unexplored even somewhat unasked because there just isn t enough spaceSimilarly Pierce himself is kind of a lacklustre protagonist Oh don t get me wrong He s an OK kind of guy though I would have liked to learn about him But for most of the novella he gets dragged along with the plot rather than actually showing much initiative and when he does show initiative it tends to backfire So readers who are waiting for Pierce to step up and own the story might be disappointed or pleasantly surprised I can t say And to be fair Stross acknowledges the powerlessness Pierce feels when Pierce comes face to face with the person running the plot against Stasis he confesses that he feels just as manipulated as when he was collaborating with the Stasis Internal Affairs department Both sides are manipulating Pierce and this becomes key to the novella s final profound pagesI won t deny that this book pushes my buttons in all the right ways and for that reason I am than ready to overlook any flaws I love Palimpsest so much because I feel like Stross has created a realistic portrayal of time travel and in so doing demonstrated why time travel shouldn t be possible If it were our universe would be an even crazier place than it already is Because if it were possible to rewrite history then everyone would be running around killing their past selves and grandfathers and Hitler that or some form of the Novikov self consistency principle would result in time travel erasing the timeline where time travel is invented Confused yet Good This is your brain on time travel Don t do itBut if time travel were possible then it would also present us with staggering choice The very mutability of the continuum would mean that history would never be constant Foiled plots one moment could be successful coups the next and vice versa if you work for the other side You can join the time agency and then if you tire of the work go back in time and prevent yourself from joining or just erase yourself from history altogether In short time travel as Stross portrays it in Palimpsest is the ultimate chaotic vector This is the final message of Palimpsest and it is simultaneously invigorating and terrifying

  • Hardcover
  • 131
  • Palimpsest
  • Charles Stross
  • English
  • 10 September 2020
  • 9781596064218