Singularity Sky

Singularity Sky

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Penguin Putnam
This much-anticipated debut novel is set 400 years in the future-and in the wake of perfected time travel, the ultimate advancements in technology and information, and the groundbreaking development of Artificial Intelligence. Is this all a great step for humanity? Or will it be our ultimate downfall?

Singularity Sky is a truly visionary novel of the future, and already its author, Charles Stross, has become the most talked-about new voice in science fiction...

Baker & Taylor
Four hundred years in the future, in a world transformed by faster-than-light travel and the development of the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence, the colony of New Republic, founded by people who wanted no part of the technological revolution, is threatened by an information plague of advanced technology that ignites chaos in the beleaguered colony.

Blackwell North Amer
In the twenty-first century, life as we know it was changed forever by two events: the discovery of faster-than-light travel and the creation of the Eschaton, an artificial intelligence that achieved independent sentience. Four hundred years later, the far-flung human colonies that arose as a result of these two extraordinary occurrences are scattered over three thousand years of time, across a thousand parsecs of space.
One such colony, the New Republic, exists in self-imposed isolation. Founded by men and women suffering from an acute case of future shock, the member-planets wanted no part of the Eschaton or the technological advanced that followed its creation.
But their backward ways are severely compromised when they are attacked by an information plague that calls itself The Festival. As advanced technologies suppressed for generations begin literally to fall from the sky, the colony slips into revolutionary turmoil. Help is on the way, however, in the form of a battle fleet dispatched from Earth.
Or is it? Secret plans, hidden agendas, and ulterior motives abound, both on the rescue ships and among the populace of the beleaguered colony.
And watching it all is the Eschaton, which has its own very definite ideas about mankind's future...

Baker
& Taylor

In a world transformed by the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence, the colony of New Republic, founded by people who wanted no part of the technological revolution, is threatened by an information plague of advanced technology.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441010721
0441010725
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 24 cm

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Ichijo
Jun 23, 2017

Post-singlurity? Check. Trans/Post humans? Check. God-like capricious AI? Check. Closed timelike curve? Yesterday. Inscrutable alien uploads? Check. Backwards near feudalistic society? Check.

Using his own works the best comparison would be to think of this as a kind of bastard child of Accelerando/Glass House and the Merchant Princes series. If you liked the former and not the latter you'll still really enjoy this book. If you enjoyed the latter and not the former this one might be too weird for you, like that one uncle who turns into a casual racist at family functions after a few drinks weird.

If you didn't like either of them, first off what's wrong with you, and secondly you might want to switch to a different genre of books or go with more vanilla authors.

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