Title[ edit ] In Italian, accelerando means "speeding up" and is used as a tempo marking in musical notation. Plot introduction[ edit ] The book is a collection of nine short stories telling the tale of three generations of a family before, during, and after a technological singularity. According to Stross, the initial inspiration for the stories was his experience working as a programmer for a high-growth company during the dot-com boom of the s. Most of humanity is wiped out, then arbitrarily resurrected in mutilated form by the Vile Offspring.
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Title[ edit ] In Italian, accelerando means "speeding up" and is used as a tempo marking in musical notation. Plot introduction[ edit ] The book is a collection of nine short stories telling the tale of three generations of a family before, during, and after a technological singularity.
According to Stross, the initial inspiration for the stories was his experience working as a programmer for a high-growth company during the dot-com boom of the s. Most of humanity is wiped out, then arbitrarily resurrected in mutilated form by the Vile Offspring. The cat body is a sock puppet wielded by an abusive monster. This proves to be a normal stage in the life-cycle of an inhabited solar system; the galaxies are revealed to be filled with such Matrioshka brains.
Intelligent consciousnesses outside of Matrioshka brains may communicate via wormhole networks. Manfred Macx: Venture altruist, protagonist of the early stories. The Lobsters: Sentient nervous-system state vectors originating from Panulirus interruptus, the California spiny lobster. Bob Franklin: Billionaire investor; originator of the Franklin Collective, a "borganism" composed of multiple bodies sharing the same mind.
Sadeq Khurasani: Muslim imam , engineer, Field Circus crewman. The Wunch: Predatory alien virtual constructs embedded in the wormhole router orbiting Hyundai. The nine stories are grouped into three parts. Driven by his commitment to agalmic economics, he manages to team them up with entrepreneur Bob Franklin, who is looking for an AI to crew his nascent spacefaring project—the building of a self-replicating factory complex from cometary material.
A legal precedent is established that will help define the rights of future AIs and uploaded minds. He meets Annette again, and begins a relationship with her. Meanwhile, the Lobsters are thriving in colonies situated at the L5 point , and on a comet in the asteroid belt ; they, along with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the ESA , have picked up encrypted signals from outside the solar system.
Bob Franklin, now dead, is personality-reconstructed in the Franklin Collective. Manfred, his memories recovered, moves to further expand the rights of non-human intelligences.
Aineko begins its own study—and decoding—of the alien signals. Pamela petitions the imam Sadeq to issue an Islamic legal judgment against Amber, which she thwarts by setting up her own empire on a small, privately owned asteroid , thus making herself sovereign. In the meantime, the alien signals have been decoded, and a physical journey to a mentioned " router " is planned. Amber and 62 others have uploaded themselves to become the virtualised crew.
The Wunch turn out to be thieving, third-rate "barbarians" who, after a struggle, are thwarted. They discover that they are being hosted in a Matrioshka brain , the builders of which seem to have disappeared or been destroyed by their own creations , leaving an anarchy ruled by sentient, viral corporations and scavengers who attempt to use newcomers as currency. The crew finally escape by offering passage to a "rogue alien corporation" a " pyramid scheme crossed with a scam " , virtualised as a giant slug , who opens a powered route out.
Thereafter, the crew begins the journey back home.
Review of "Glasshouse" by Charles Stross This review has also been posted at www. Set at an unknown time in the far future, humanity - or what resembles humanity considering anyone can edit memories or nano-dapt into any living form — is recovering from war. Infected via the A-gates and T-gates which humanity used for said alterations, society had been attacked by rebels wielding viruses that affected the psyche before the body. Choice regarding appearance not an issue, paranoia, however, is.
I held it off for all of two weeks or so, until 8 April, when the compulsion to start writing became too strong to resist, and the first draft emerged in just three weeks of obsessive hour days. The culture featured in the novel is based on the culture portrayed in the last chapter of Accelerando, "Survivor" full chapter here. Robin, a human male, is recovering from a memory excision process in a rehabilitation centre. Though he remembers nothing of his past life s , he suspects that he lived through traumatic times as a participant in the series of wars that raged many years before. Suspecting that he has been targeted for assassination by persons unknown, he agrees to sign-up with a radical, isolated social experiment that will attempt to recreate the forgotten " Dark Ages ", the late 20th and early 21st centuries. On being transferred to the polity in which the program is being held, he discovers that he has been given the body of a woman, Reeve. As the experiment unfolds, she begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, and that the founders of the experiment are engaged in a very sinister conspiracy.
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