Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle]


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    review Singularity Sky Charles Stross º 6 Free read review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross The opening of Singularity Sky is as gripping as they come one day on the backwater planet of Rochard's World telephones begin raining down from the sky Everybody who picks one up is given a simple order Entertain

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] Thousands of phones start falling from the sky all over your town scarred and melted from entry into the atmosphere They litter the streets sit on roofs and leave dents in parked cars You pick one up – an old Nok

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] 60 stars On my list of All Time Favorite novels This is one of those novels like some of Neil Gaiman's and Neal S

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] 2020 reread notes A great debut better than I remembered Lots of cool details Nuclear powered steam locomotives MiG battle cruisers The looming threat of the Eschaton Rachel Mansour Special Agent for Earth's UN SIG If the Big E decided to pop the primary here we'd need to evacuate 50 star systems “I am the Eschaton I am not your GodI am descended from you and exist in your futureThou shalt not violate causality within my histor

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] My first attempt at reading a Stross novel was Accelerando I abandoned it after about 50 pages we just did not get along I had some problems with the prose style the characters and the confusing plot Still I have always intended to give this author another try as I have been reading his blog for a while and I like them no problem with the wr

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] Charles Stross º 6 Free read review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross I am hovering around the 3879435 out of 5 for this book No uiet a 4 but way better than a 3Stross is well he is you see he write likeThat sums up Stross He is just out there on his own little planet one minute writing hi tech scifi w

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] review Singularity Sky Charles Stross's first novel is a very good first novel Packed full of crazy ideas Espionage Space battles Post Singularity humanity with all its craziness Just a crazy book in generalI'm doing a poor job of reviewing thisThere are uite a few POV characters in this book and while they're all distinct I developed some favorites early on and was not usually pleased when I had to spend a chapter or two with other less interesting c

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    review Singularity Sky Charles Stross º 6 Free read review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross Okay so the opening of this book is really damn solid telephones raining down from the sky on a repressed backwater colony world all of which say Entertain us And from there it's all a bitstandard And dullI get this feeling from Stross every time I read him which is that he has great ideas in isolation but no way to string them together to form an interesting and novel setting culture world universe Or plot So what yo

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    review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross Charles Stross º 6 Free read Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] From the first line this book hooked me The day war was declared a rain of telephones fell clattering to the cobblestones from the skies above Novy Petrograd A post Singularity descendant of humanity the Festival arrives in orbit around the ba

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    Singularity Sky [E–pub/Kindle] review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross review Singularity Sky Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyI recently had the chance to acuire every single book ever

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review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross

Singularity Sky

Free read Singularity Sky ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB In the twenty first century man created the Eschaton a sentient artificial intelligence It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known while warning that time travel is forbidden and transgressors will be eliminatedDistant descendants of this ultra high tech Earth live in parochial. The opening of Singularity Sky is as gripping as they come one day on the backwater planet of Rochard s World telephones begin raining down from the sky Everybody who picks one up is given a simple order Entertain us and we will grant your wish And just like that money bicycles and replicator machines begin falling from orbit and Rochard s World falls into chaosSoon the New Republic a strict dictatorship dispatches a fleet to deal with the enemies attacking their colony But in so doing they put their entire civilisation at risk for in trying to gain an advantage on the Festival they plan on delving into time travel a technology sternly prohibited by the Eschaton a transcendant AI controlling the fate of Humanity itselfSounds good so far doesn t it Unfortunately that s pretty much the point where the whole novel grinds to a halt It s a sad statement on Charles Stross storytelling abilities that he would go on to tell such a boring story based on such a strong setting but here it is the major part of the novel gets lost in clich spy vs spy stories aboard a capital ship run by two dimensional military typesOne major problem with Singularity Sky is determining whether Stross is serious or satirical throughout his novel A lot of the happenings aboard the ship are one sided and flat and as far as espionnage stories go they make James Bond look realistic It s bad enough that Rachel Mansour the sympathetic UN delegate actually uses some sort of miraculous replicator luggage to do everything from staging a rescue to fabricating an escape pod I kept having flashbacks to Rincewind s Luggage in Terry Pratchett s DiscworldIs the novel satire then It might well be and it certainly includes some part that seem to be aimed for comedic effect The major problem with satire though is consistency Stross seems to alternate between moments of satire and seriousness and it makes any attempt at emotional connection with his main characters totally impossible At no point do they exceed the stereotypes they are meant to represent and the relationships that eventually grow around them are unconvincing and blandI understand that Stross is pretty popular with today s geek crowd much like Cory Doctorow Just like Doctorow however I find Stross entirely too rooted in modern ideals for my SF tastes It seems that Stross built his future world not so much as an argument for his own view of the world but as a vindication of it It s at its most obvious when near the end of the novel his good guys engage in a totally one sided argument with the representative of a controlling dictatorship where the heroes treat their adversary like a child who has yet to discover that information wants to be free and other such truisms Such blatant geek wish fulfillment might please other readers but for me it totally steals away my ability to suspend disbelief I love SF novels that raise thought provoking debates of which Orwell s Nineteen Eighty Four is possibly the epitome in the case of Singularity Sky though the whole thing is built as a one sided monologue and so accomplishes as much as the propaganda it so strongly decriesAnother annoying tendency of Stross is to throw away references to modern times with total disregard to credibility It s cheap and it feels like Stross is pandering to the crowd by sacrificing the timeless ualities of his story For instance when describing some sort of exotic technology a character reflects that the thing hasrather computing power than the whole of the pre Singularity planetary InternetThat s well and dandy to give the readers a point of reference but the reason most of the SF authors avoid such device is because it sounds as silly as if I went around claiming my word processor has writing power than 2 medieval cloisters full of monk scribes It just doesn t make sense for future characters to refer to events and technologies that are so far in their own historyAs a whole Singularity Sky is as chock full of bizarre and interesting ideas as the reviews made it out to be Unfortunately the grand canvas of ideas that Charles Stross has created is used to paint a boring story that never provides emotional resonance Add to it a number of annoying writing habits and all I can say about Singularity Sky is that it totally fails to live up to its own hype

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Free read Singularity Sky ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Simplicity on the far flung worlds of the New Republic Their way of life is threatened by the arrival of an alien information plague known as the Festival As forbidden technologies are literally dropped from the sky suppressed political factions descend into revolutionary turmoilA battle fleet is sent fro. I am hovering around the 3879435 out of 5 for this book No uiet a 4 but way better than a 3Stross is well he is you see he write likeThat sums up Stross He is just out there on his own little planet one minute writing hi tech scifi where causality effects are detailed in a Stephen Hawking kind of way then slams you back to earth when a talking rabbit toting a shotgun and a belt of farmers scalps asks you what you think are staring atIf you have read any Stross you ll know what I mean if you haven t you should give him a try because it is hard to take him seriously and I say that in the best possible way Sometimes the hi tech gets intense and you need to come back to earth and he finds some really uirky ways to do that This type of writing just keeps things out there as you have no idea what is going to come nextThe story has some very interesting themes to it Basically a far flung world has stuck to the doctrine of old Soviet Union and had serfs and no technology rules to the people There was a revolution in the planning when a alien entity turned up and gave every citizen three wishes true honestly could I make this up What happens next is a roller coaster ride in the collapse of an empire when literally overnight possessions and currency has no value You want a castle boom you have one you want anti ageing boom your 6 years oldSecondary to the story is the fleet flying from the mother planet to take out the three wish aliens but they want to get there before the aliens did but breaching Causality by going years into the future and sling shooting back into the past Whilst in the future they could pick up messages they are going to send to themselves when back in the past to tell them of the battle they are going to have and have already had I have lost you haven t INeedless to cause causality violation is a big part of this story and I found it fascinating I am definitely recommending this book because it is FUN Stross has the ability to make me laugh out loud and I don t often do that when reading scifi Po Wieku Teatru Wybrzeze uiet a 4 but way better than a 3Stross is well he is you see he write likeThat sums Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives uirky ways to do that This type of writing just keeps things out there as you have no idea what is going to come nextThe story has some very interesting themes to it Basically a far flung world has stuck to the doctrine of old Soviet Union and had serfs and no technology rules to the people There was a revolution in the planning when a alien entity turned Shadowspell Academy The Culling Trials up and gave every citizen three wishes true honestly could I make this Alligators, Monsters & Cool School Poems up What happens next is a roller coaster ride in the collapse of an empire when literally overnight possessions and currency has no value You want a castle boom you have one you want anti ageing boom your 6 years oldSecondary to the story is the fleet flying from the mother planet to take out the three wish aliens but they want to get there before the aliens did but breaching Causality by going years into the future and sling shooting back into the past Whilst in the future they could pick Prime Suspect The True Story of John Cannan the Only Man Police Want to Investigate for the Murder of Suzy Lamplugh up messages they are going to send to themselves when back in the past to tell them of the battle they are going to have and have already had I have lost you haven t INeedless to cause causality violation is a big part of this story and I found it fascinating I am definitely recommending this book because it is FUN Stross has the ability to make me laugh out loud and I don t often do that when reading scifi

review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Charles Stross

Free read Singularity Sky ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB M Earth to destroy the Festival but Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and UN diplomat Rachel Mansour have been assigned rather different tasks Their orders are to diffuse the crisis or to sabotage the New Republic's war fleet whatever the cost before the Eschaton takes hostile action on a galactic scal. From the first line this book hooked me The day war was declared a rain of telephones fell clattering to the cobblestones from the skies above Novy Petrograd A post Singularity descendant of humanity the Festival arrives in orbit around the backwater Rochard s World The Festival s willingness to share anything in return for information results in economic and social upheaval as the repressed citizens of Rochard s World find they can have anything they want technology money even power As a result the New Republic decides to launch a battle fleet to deal with the threat of the FestivalBut their strategy calls for a causality violation gambit which could be a problem A capricious and unknowable artificial intelligence the Eschaton does not tolerate such time travel ventures which could imperil its own existence The Eschaton has been known to retaliate with excessive force planet crunching supernova type force and so two human agents hope to intervene before it all goes apocalypticCharles Stross does a wonderful job at contrasting different styles of government and cultures influenced by how they embraced the upheaval of the technological Singularity The New Republic is modelled after eighteenth century Russia technologically and socially conservative with a strong government enforced by devastating s and sinister secret police Then there s Earth homeworld of our protagonists Martin Springfield and Rachel Mansour The only entity recognizable as a planetary government would be the United Nations but as Springfield points outIt s not the government of Earth it s just the only remaining relic of Earth s governments that the New Republic can recognize The bit that does the common good jobs that everyone needs to subscribe to World wide vaccination programs trade agreements with extrasolar governments insurer of last resort for major disasters that srot of thing The point is for the most part the UN doesn t actually do anything it doesn t have a foreign policy Sometimes somebody or another uses the UN as a front when they need to do something credible looking but trying to get a consensus vote out of the Security Council is like herding catsThe conflict of values between the New Republic s agents specifically its naval officers and an inexperienced secret policeman and Terrans specifically Springfield and Mansour fuels most of the conflict of the book The rest of the conflict comes from the alien nature of the Festival the New Republic insists on treating it like an ordinary human government with recognizable motivations and strategy That turns out to be a costly mistakeThe Festival isn t human it isn t remotely human You people are thinking in terms of people with people type motivations You can no declare war on the Festival than you can declare a war against sleep It s a self replicating information networkStross also packs the book with the ramifications of technology on cultures the Festival is an upload society where minds are stored in virtual worlds and physical forms are transitory It s diverged so far from its common ancestry with humans that it s no longer human as mentioned above but something else something that we can t really comprehend In that way it s even alien than the Eschaton a truly alien entity but one that at least deigns to communicate with humans on a comprehensible level once and a while Unlike too much Singularity fiction Singularity Sky mixes transhuman posthuman and human cultures in a way that makes for interesting but still understandable interactionSimilarly while this book is packed to the brim with technobabble and discussions of relativity and uantum mechanics it never feels too heavy I love how the characters use entangled ubits for acausal communication and the Eschaton one day just decided to relocate 90% o the Earth s population to various planets via wormhole Maybe that s just because I love theoretical physics than is healthy I can see how people less familiar with hard science fiction or physics in general might find the exposition in Singularity Sky daunting On the other hand maybe it ll be educational And to Stross credit all of the exposition is relevant to the plotAs much as I must praise Stross ideas I can t in good conscience do the same for the story The pacing is heavily tilted toward the end as it should be but the bulk of its ideas and themes reside in its beginning As a result Singularity Sky starts off strong like I said it pulled me in but eventually that siren call of awesomeness asking me not to put down the book petered out The sense of conflict and suspense just doesn t last and after the New Republic fleet reaches Rochard s World the protagonists plot diverges from that of the fleet and I never really feel like they re in real danger With any sense of high stakes obviated the story withers away into the background Singularity Sky starts off strong but ultimately fails to deliver It has the same great ideas of Alastair Reynolds House of Suns or Richard K Morgan s Altered Carbon but none of their pulse pounding action and complex mystery subplots that make those books great People like me who breathe physics and ponder the possibilities of faster than light travel will find Singularity Sky interesting but come away from the book feeling like it had so much potential Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives upheaval as the repressed citizens of Rochard s World find they can have anything they want technology money even power As a result the New Republic decides to launch a battle fleet to deal with the threat of the FestivalBut their strategy calls for a causality violation gambit which could be a problem A capricious and Shadowspell Academy The Culling Trials unknowable artificial intelligence the Eschaton does not tolerate such time travel ventures which could imperil its own existence The Eschaton has been known to retaliate with excessive force planet crunching supernova type force and so two human agents hope to intervene before it all goes apocalypticCharles Stross does a wonderful job at contrasting different styles of government and cultures influenced by how they embraced the Alligators, Monsters & Cool School Poems upheaval of the technological Singularity The New Republic is modelled after eighteenth century Russia technologically and socially conservative with a strong government enforced by devastating s and sinister secret police Then there s Earth homeworld of our protagonists Martin Springfield and Rachel Mansour The only entity recognizable as a planetary government would be the United Nations but as Springfield points outIt s not the government of Earth it s just the only remaining relic of Earth s governments that the New Republic can recognize The bit that does the common good jobs that everyone needs to subscribe to World wide vaccination programs trade agreements with extrasolar governments insurer of last resort for major disasters that srot of thing The point is for the most part the UN doesn t actually do anything it doesn t have a foreign policy Sometimes somebody or another Prime Suspect The True Story of John Cannan the Only Man Police Want to Investigate for the Murder of Suzy Lamplugh uses the UN as a front when they need to do something credible looking but trying to get a consensus vote out of the Security Council is like herding catsThe conflict of values between the New Republic s agents specifically its naval officers and an inexperienced secret policeman and Terrans specifically Springfield and Mansour fuels most of the conflict of the book The rest of the conflict comes from the alien nature of the Festival the New Republic insists on treating it like an ordinary human government with recognizable motivations and strategy That turns out to be a costly mistakeThe Festival isn t human it isn t remotely human You people are thinking in terms of people with people type motivations You can no declare war on the Festival than you can declare a war against sleep It s a self replicating information networkStross also packs the book with the ramifications of technology on cultures the Festival is an An Ocean of Blessings upload society where minds are stored in virtual worlds and physical forms are transitory It s diverged so far from its common ancestry with humans that it s no longer human as mentioned above but something else something that we can t really comprehend In that way it s even alien than the Eschaton a truly alien entity but one that at least deigns to communicate with humans on a comprehensible level once and a while Unlike too much Singularity fiction Singularity Sky mixes transhuman posthuman and human cultures in a way that makes for interesting but still يأجوج ومأجوج من الوجود حتى الفناء understandable interactionSimilarly while this book is packed to the brim with technobabble and discussions of relativity and L'Amante du Rif uantum mechanics it never feels too heavy I love how the characters The A List DietFitness Plan use entangled Stepping Stones ubits for acausal communication and the Eschaton one day just decided to relocate 90% o the Earth s population to various planets via wormhole Maybe that s just because I love theoretical physics than is healthy I can see how people less familiar with hard science fiction or physics in general might find the exposition in Singularity Sky daunting On the other hand maybe it ll be educational And to Stross credit all of the exposition is relevant to the plotAs much as I must praise Stross ideas I can t in good conscience do the same for the story The pacing is heavily tilted toward the end as it should be but the bulk of its ideas and themes reside in its beginning As a result Singularity Sky starts off strong like I said it pulled me in but eventually that siren call of awesomeness asking me not to put down the book petered out The sense of conflict and suspense just doesn t last and after the New Republic fleet reaches Rochard s World the protagonists plot diverges from that of the fleet and I never really feel like they re in real danger With any sense of high stakes obviated the story withers away into the background Singularity Sky starts off strong but The Muse ultimately fails to deliver It has the same great ideas of Alastair Reynolds House of Suns or Richard K Morgan s Altered Carbon but none of their pulse pounding action and complex mystery subplots that make those books great People like me who breathe physics and ponder the possibilities of faster than light travel will find Singularity Sky interesting but come away from the book feeling like it had so much potential

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 389
  • Singularity Sky
  • Charles Stross
  • English
  • 03 October 2019
  • 9781841493343