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Divisions by Ken MacLeod

Divisions (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Ken MacLeod

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Authors:Ken MacLeod
Info:Orb Books (2009), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 496 pages
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The Sky Road was a much stronger book than Cassini Division, which almost had me swear off MacLeod. It wasn't a bad book as space-operatic romps go, but plenty of the character and plot points had me groaning. Fortunately Sky Road was much better. ( )
  chaosmogony | Apr 27, 2013 |
Continuation of the omnibus future history. A fascinating and complex set of novels.
  Fledgist | Nov 20, 2011 |
As for other books in the Fall Revolution series, this explores ideas and politics surrounding the singularity when human constructed AI's became self-aware and began to evolve rapidly. Book 3 - The Cassini Division explored the defense of the space faring normal humans, while this book explores how those left behind on the planet managed to protect themselves from the military rogue AI's that emerged in the singularity.

The book is well written with some genuine characters, but I will have to read the series again to be sure there are no anachronisms between the four books, as the actual historical sequence seems to get mixed up with the combinations of different present times flashing back to the various revolutions.

From my view, this was probably the best read of the series. ( )
  BillHall | Jan 30, 2010 |
Third of the four books forming the Fall Revolution series. Interesting exploration of the singularity and various kinds of politica philosophy. As with many of MacLeod's books it would help to know a lot more about the various leftist political splinter groups and their philosophies.

The Cassini Division is the group of elite troupers defending post-singualrity against post-singularity AI's and "fast" people (1) who have uploaded, colonised the planet Jupiter, gone insane and then become "rational" again; and (2) who have migrated through a wormhole extending to the end of time. Normal humans also managed to pass through the wormnhole at an angle to colonize New Mars some 10,000 lightyears distant.

The story developed in this framework is interesting and worth reading. ( )
  BillHall | Jan 30, 2010 |
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This volume comprises The Cassini Division and The Sky Road.

The Cassini Division:
In the 24th century, post humans, god-like descendents of humans who transformed themselves with high technology, have warped the very fabric of the solar system for unknowable reasons. Ellen May Ngewthu has a plan to rid humanity of these beings, but she must first travel the entirety of the Solar Union, convincing others that post-humans are the threat she knows they are...

The Sky Road: Her rockets redundant, her people rebellious, and her borders defenseless against the Sino-Soviet Union, Myra Godwin appeals to the crumbling West for help as she faces the end of the space age. And, centuries in the future, as humanity again reaches into space, a young scholar could make the difference between success and failure. For his mysterious new lover has seduced him into the idea of extrapolating the ship's future from the dark archives of the past.

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