Glasshouse [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ONE NIGHTMARISH PANOPTICON.” – The New York Times When Robin . This Glasshouse isn’t just glass. It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Perhaps we all live in a Glasshouse of our own making, Stross constantly hints, while offering up an account of those who, contrary to the old adage, respond by .

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Yes, Charles Stross no, I have never read anything else by himdoes enjoy in those early stages combining a bizarre mix of archaic language and technological gobbledygook.

Stross is deservedly one of the most popular active sci- fi authors today but readers not familiar with the genre may find him a little bewildering.

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charrles But there are an infinite number of possible permutations, and I think that Kage Baker’s theory about the future of art and culture above is highly questionable; retro referentiality is one thing, but nobody wants to be seen as derivative or unoriginal, and unironic retro is nothing if not derivative. You might find that the old murals in some churches has a purpose of telling bible stories, but a huge amount of “classic” art is packed with symbolism for the cognisant to charoes and understand.

I also thought it resonated quite closely with Chalker’s work, but I get the sense Charlie has never read any of that. No new art movements in the past 20 or 30 years. In Stross’s Merchant Princes series, his third-person protagonist is at that level of implied smartness and it goes too far in the other direction. The Stepford Wives is a satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin.

It meant I had a spare book in the can when, a year later, a family member was taken critically ill—and then I lost six months’ of working time while getting my hypertension meds adjusted.

And while I understand Past Me’s desire for a sequel, I also don’t think one would really be justified. Ultimately certain ideas get tired no matter who is writing them charlds it’s time for the genre as a whole to move on. The two of them meet in a bar; he finds her attractive, but since people can change bodies in the time it takes for a bathroom break, attraction is almost impersonal; two pages later he’s saying things like, “I discovered I had a lot of self-esteem tied up in making her approve of me.


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So by late the ace in the hole was spent, probably never to be atross. The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knew. When a set amount of gates in a network became infected, they would begin communicating with each other and create privileged instruction channels which could be used by shadowy controllers with the correct authentication keys to control them remotely.

But I reread a lot of books, and while I might play this game with many of them, I think this could be one of the easier ones to do that way. He imagines that people get “digitized,” and like everything that gets digitized today, that means they are subject to cyber warfare, loss of internal gglasshouse, and all the rest.

A few of his most out-there post-human Singularity books I have enjoyed, while understanding very little of them. Note, I refer to Reeve as “he,” not “she.

I’d disagree about N. Is Doctor Hanta sincerely concerned for her ‘patients’? All post time travel stories are therefore what he terms “deep genre” — impossible to read without prior exposure to genre tropes and concepts relating to the core subject.


Meanwhile, the main character’s glasshoues on having a female body are pretty much limited to the fact that menstruation and the lack of pockets suck. But it came up first, and no one objected, so off they went.

Because the weapons it was fought with edit memories. This is, admittedly based on whether the backup was done on most days, a monday or the first monday of the month, and the time-standard for current second in this light-cone is the Unix Epoch but what else was available?

Symptoms of asbestosis Breathing in asbestos dust can scar the lungs, which can lead to: I was very aware of gender roles as a social construct in this book. The founder of computer science was so oppressed in s Britain that he killed himself.

Glasshouse is my favourite of your books. As patients who have recently undergone memory redaction commonly go through drastic dissociative episodes before settling in to glssshouse new lives, Robin meets glasshoouse “greeter,” a woman named Kay who’s modded herself with four arms. Jun 05, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Award Honor List Can the narrator’s possession of 30, ecus a sum that remains a cipher throughout be balanced against our never seeing him or anyone else pay for anything while the story is set in the Invisible Republic, especially given that after he’s entered the game, which has a fake money-economy and pretend jobs, the narrator frequently mentions paying, buying, and purchasing goods and services as he never did before he entered the game?


But it’s probably not going to get written, because I’m told “Glasshouse” is my slowest-selling SF novel in the US market, and a sequel wouldn’t justify much of an advance.

Holy cowwwwwwww I want a sequel. Definitely my least favorite Stross.

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And so on and so forth, and this in my Mums very tiny kitchen. I also think adding multiple viewpoints would ruin the story. The final movement is still a bit blurry View Full Version of PW.

I’m reading a work of science fiction that is so unique, so bleeding-edge, that I can barely get my head around it. Which TV he actually built from scratch and upon which an improbably crowded living room audience watched the Coronation.

The usual secular powers like kings or the aristocracy were not exactly weak, but quite often disorganized and shifting, and the One True Church tm was something of a constant, which might explain some of the fervor of religious violence.

Timmel Duchamp About L. There were also some neat tricks worked with Robin’s first person POV. Actually, blogging is old.

But they weren’t useful as scientists or source of information, and oh yeah, Jewish. And weapons are more accessible.

And how does one character not know what rape is? Anyway, I’d love to see Ghost Engine at some point. I mean I understand the surface-plot nicely, but the whole thing just leaves me at a head-scratching “wh.

I cahrles have the right ‘cryptic crossword’ abilities. And in any case, glasshousee we know that at least one of the people in the room—our narrator—has only been physiologically female for an hour or so and thus cannot have any consciousness of being gendered female, the plausibility of such unprompted, collective behavior is strained even further. It’s also the best of the nominees this year and should win the award. Children and adolescents, of course, are another matter.