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Glasshouse by Charles Stross

Glasshouse (edition 2006)

by Charles Stross

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Authors:Charles Stross
Info:London : Orbit, 2006.
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Glasshouse by Charles Stross

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    Accelerando by Charles Stross (roundballnz)
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    Neuromancer by William Gibson (gaialover)
    gaialover: The original cyberpunk.
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    The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (ianturton)
    ianturton: A similar world of interchangeable bodies/minds
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    Gun, with occasional music by Jonathan Lethem (oldnick42)
    oldnick42: Creative sci-fi with memory-erasing elements.

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Charles Stross ist immer anders und das mag ich so an ihm.

Tolles Buch - super viele Ideen - ein bißchen wie [a:Uwe Post|3124638|Uwe Post|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/m_50x66-e89fc14c32a41c0eb4298dfafe929b65.png] auf Englisch.

Im gleichen Urlaub habe ich auch [b:The Left Hand of Darkness|18423|The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)|Ursula K. Le Guin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388229638s/18423.jpg|817527] von LeGuin gelesen und dieses beschäftigt sich ebenfalls mit Geschlechterrollen und der Möglichkeit diese zu wechseln. Dies wirkt allerdings bei Stross viel dynamischer und zum Nachdenken anregend. The Left Hand of Darkness ist zwar auch sehr empfehlenswert, aber nicht wegen der Beschäftigung mit diesem Thema. ( )
  volumed42 | May 12, 2015 |
Awesome start... and then I stopped reading as ~100 pages, when it got more and more ..yawn. ( )
  andreas.wpv | Dec 13, 2014 |
Another mind-bendy one. ( )
  AlexDunae | Aug 30, 2014 |
"Memory is liberty" (226). Charles Stross has a way with abstract nouns. In this book, he'll remember it for you at medicare rates.

Glasshouse is a sequel of sorts to Accelerando, set in the same narrative future, but without any shared characters or locations. Unlike Accelerando, it is really a novel, and plotted like one, rather than a necklace of linked novellas. The plot is vividly phildickian, and emphasizes the ambivalence of prison/sanctuary, therapy/coercion, and similar concepts, along with conundrums of self-identification and possible paranoia. Stross uses the present-tense narration of Accelerando here, but the pacing and mood of Glasshouse are closer to Stross' Laundry series.

Stross might have called the story Decelerando, since it mostly takes place in an attempted simulation of the "dark ages," i.e. the terrestrial 20th/21st-century. Having his male narrating character enter that simulation as a housewife allows Stross to make a variety of observations about contemporary gender roles, reminding me somewhat of Sturgeon's Venus-Plus-X.

Ultimately, though, this book is an espionage thriller with the sort of psychological touches that only the post-Singularity science fictional setting could afford. It reads very quickly, with a fair share of drollery.
4 vote paradoxosalpha | Jan 27, 2014 |
Tiptree shortlist 2007 ( )
  SChant | Sep 8, 2013 |
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In the twenty-seventh century, accelerated technology dictates the memories and personalities of people. With most of his own memories deleted, Robin enters The Glasshouse-an experimental polity where he finds himself at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche.

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When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn't take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him. It's the 27th century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees' personalities and target historians. 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. On the run from a ruthless pursuer, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a pre-accelerated culture. Participants are assigned anonymized identities: it looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run. But in this escape-proof environment, Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters--and the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche.--From publisher description.… (more)

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