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Accelerando by Charles Stross

Accelerando (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Charles Stross

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Authors:Charles Stross
Info:Ace Books (2006), Edition: Ebook 987 pages
Collections:Recommendations ONLY, Ebooks, Your library, Science fiction
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Accelerando by Charles Stross (2005)

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  Lorem | Oct 2, 2015 |
Didn't finish. Didn't even come close. Didn't like it. Wasn't impressed. Was pretty annoyed by this author and his characters.

Manfred Macx travels the globe and stays in swank hotels without any money whatsoever because he's given anything he wants by everyone in the world. Why? He's an idea man and is constantly coming up with new ideas and instantly patenting them. But instead of holding onto them and making bank, he turns over the patents to a group like an open software group, which allows anyone who wants to access the info in the patents and become rich. So he has essentially made millions of people millionaires. As a result, the IRS says he owes them nearly 13 million and they are after him. His ex-fiance is a dominatrix who makes a reappearance early in the book. They've had plenty of S&M sex, but have never actually had intercourse and have never even climaxed, because exchanging bodily fluids is gross. I know. Stupid as hell. The thing that makes it even more stupid is that virtually as soon as they meet back up for the first time in who knows how long, they go to his hotel room where they resume their S&M routine, but this time, they actually do it and have orgasms because she wants to get pregnant. Even though he pretty much disgusts her. Makes no sense. And the Russian Microsoft Windows NT User Group is after him for help defecting. To where, he doesn't know. Or care. But the thing that's truly confusing is that they're actually lobsters (I'm not kidding) that are being uploaded onto the net by researchers in America, apparently as a precursor to uploading pretty much anything and everything at some point. And everything revolves around bandwidth. God, if I never go another day without hearing that term, I'll be grateful as hell. The author must use that term twice in every paragraph in the book and he uses it for EVERYTHING! It's annoying as hell. To makes matters worse, the book is full of techno-babble, as though he pulled out a tech dictionary and decided to put every word he could find in it -- and in Wired magazine -- into the book in arbitrary scenes to impress and confuse the reader. But it's useless, pointless trash. I doubt even he knows what he's talking about. Frankly, the blurbs on and in this book make it sound like Stross is as good as Gibson and some of the others, but that's not true. Not even close. He's got some interesting ideas, but he's boring, the book's boring and stupid, and I'm not wasting my time wading through this crap anymore. Not recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Sep 21, 2015 |
The three middle chapters could not fascinate me totally but the last kind of made up for that. ( )
  bluyssae | Jan 30, 2015 |
This was great, although it kind of sputtered out at the end. ( )
  lavaturtle | Dec 31, 2014 |
according to most people who care about this stuff, is the point in time where technology progresses at such a rate that it becomes impossible to understand what happens next for people who are living *before* the singularity.

I humbly propose an alternate explanation: it's the point in time after which I stop caring about the characters in a science fiction novel. So, in this case, the Singularity happens around page 120.
From then onwards, I was reading on autopilot... the author is good at describing mega-homungous-hyper-concepts and has surely a good grasp of a large number of scientific fields, a vast arrays of memes and is happy to throw in-jokes at his Slashdot crowd... problem is, when things get really really very advanced, life and death stop to have meaning, reality can be bent at will and everything (and everyone) is a virtual machine running some sort of simulation sofware, possibly on a stack of other virtual machines simulating everything above and below every layer of reality....

Who cares?

Not me. I suppose that The Culture could be considered post-singularity, but -maybe by injecting a good dose of Good Old Space Opera tropes, Banks succeeds in keeping me interested in his characters and plots. Or at least it does most of the time. ( )
1 vote pamar | Aug 25, 2014 |
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Table Of Contents:
PART 1: SLOW TAKEOFF Lobsters 3 (30)  Troubadour 33 (36)  Tourist 69 (38)
PART 2: POINT OF INFLECTION Halo 107 (40)  Router 147 (57)  Nightfall 204 (41)
PART 3: SINGULARITY Curator 245 (60)  Elector 305 (50)  Survivor 355
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441014151, Mass Market Paperback)

The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.

Struggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter, Amber, on the run from her domineering mother, seeking her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber’s son, who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanity.

For something is systematically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system. Something beyond human comprehension. Something that has no use for biological life in any form...

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Trying to cope with the unchecked technological innovations that have rendered humankind nearly obsolete, the members of the Macx family are confronted by an unknown enemy that is systematically attempting to annihilate all biological lifeforms.

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