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Silently and Very Fast (edition 2011)

by Catherynne M. Valente

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Title:Silently and Very Fast
Authors:Catherynne M. Valente
Info:WSFA Press (2011), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 127 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:science fiction

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Excellent surrealist, post-human science-fiction. Beautiful and sometimes confusing language. It's kinda like that Simpsons Halloween episode with Pierce-Brosnan-as-the-house-of-the-future meets Inception meets Pinocchio. Kinda. Really quite good. ( )
  bemidt | Apr 20, 2016 |
Excellent surrealist, post-human science-fiction. Beautiful and sometimes confusing language. It's kinda like that Simpsons Halloween episode with Pierce-Brosnan-as-the-house-of-the-future meets Inception meets Pinocchio. Kinda. Really quite good. ( )
  bemidt | Apr 20, 2016 |
Silently and Very Fast is a novella by Catherynne Valente. It is about an artificial intelligence that shares a dreaming world with members of her original programmer's family. This intelligence is passed down from generation to generation. It is a beautifully written story about what it means to be alive and real. It also delves into the fears humans have that their creations will destroy and replace them. Valente does a wonderful job mixing traditional fairy tales and folktales into the science fiction and technology of the story. She shows how the themes in these stories are timeless and help us learn about humanity. I would definitely recommend this short book. The writing is poetic and beautiful and she examines the issues surrounding artificial intelligence in a way that is both familiar and unique. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
Silently and Very Fast is a novella by Catherynne Valente. It is about an artificial intelligence that shares a dreaming world with members of her original programmer's family. This intelligence is passed down from generation to generation. It is a beautifully written story about what it means to be alive and real. It also delves into the fears humans have that their creations will destroy and replace them. Valente does a wonderful job mixing traditional fairy tales and folktales into the science fiction and technology of the story. She shows how the themes in these stories are timeless and help us learn about humanity. I would definitely recommend this short book. The writing is poetic and beautiful and she examines the issues surrounding artificial intelligence in a way that is both familiar and unique. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
Hmm. This is an SF fairy tale, and is very art-y.

I liked it, but I can definitely see how it would be polarizing! ( )
  adamwolf | Nov 24, 2015 |
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Altogether elsewhere, vast
Herds of reindeer move across
Miles and miles of golden moss,
Silently and very fast.
—W.H. Auden, The Fall of Rome
Like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.

—John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
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For Dmitri, who has been waiting for this book for a long time.
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Inanna was called Queen of Heaven and Earth, Queen of Having a Body, Queen of Sex and Eating, Queen of Being Human, and she went into the underworld in order to represent the inevitability of organic death.
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Fantastist Catherynne M. Valente takes on the folklore of artificial intelligence in this brand new, original novella of technology, identity, and an uncertain mechanized future. Neva is dreaming. But she is not alone. A mysterious machine entity called Elefsis haunts her and the members of her family, back through the generations to her great-great grandmother-a gifted computer programmer who changed the world. Together Neva and Elefsis navigate their history and their future, an uneasy, unwilling symbiote. But what they discover in their dreamworld might change them forever . . .
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