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Accelerando Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ç [Epub] ➚ Accelerando Author Charles Stross – Stross' latest novel follows several generations of the Macx family through the rapidly transforming Internet enabled global economy of the early twenty first century to the human and transhumanAmber is an indentured astronaut trolling the orbit of Jupiter and by Sirhan is Amber's permanently space bound offspring paying witness to the fruits of his grandfather's early innovations as something ominous and nonhuman is systematically dismantling the planets from Pluto to Eart. This book is fantastic hard SciFi in the emergent post human genre From what I can gather this book has done for post humanism what Neuromancer did for cyberpunk It's a touch dry in some places and the characters are a bit clunky but I feel Charles is most interested in describing the singularity rather than telling a traditional storyPost humanist writing is obsessed with the concept of singularity a point at which the old ways of doing things relying on grey matter and the associated sensory organs and limbic systems is replaced by virtual people and artificial realities I don't understand this fascination with the point of the eschaton If humanity survives long enough to get to a point where we can spin off various copies of ourselves to process information in different simultaneous timelines wouldn't that mean that the beginning of the next phase of human development is marked by The Great MultiplicityThat rant aside Accelerando was a great read as I am a hardcore geek who believes math is entertaining and science tells the greatest stories of all and I have a background in information technology Without at least a cursory understanding of astrophysics calculus and computing technology this book would uickly bog down into a lot of technobabble Unlike some of the other classic SciFi books Charles doesn't show how the technology works he explains it then shows what it's like to live with itThe story is engaging There are three parts to the book and each section has it's own conflicts and resolutions and each could stand alone as a novella The book follows the progression of a finite set of characters who through copying themselves into different hardware each live out alternate timelines and these copies occasionally intersect with themselves and other characters This all takes place over the better part of a century when the computing power of the human race explodes exponentially at ever shortening durations causing a total phase shift in what it means to be human and how people view the universe and humanity's place in itCharle's ability to rationally explain how that could happen and make the science work is how this book gets five stars I couldn't put this book down once the acceleration started; it was too fascinating to read his theories on how the post in post humanism could come aboutThe character driven part of the story is the weakest part of the book I would have liked to see the pressures and generational divides play out a finesse There is a lot of room for the human story to be told in this book but it falls to the side for the sake of technologie's storyI truly enjoyed this book because I'm a hardcore nerd I don't forsee their being a lot of attraction outside of nerdville for this book If you like your scifi hard as nanospun diamond however I can't recommend this book enough

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Stross' latest novel follows several generations of the Macx family through the rapidly transforming Internet enabled global economy of the early twenty first century to the human and transhuman populated worlds of the outer solar system a half century later The saga begins with Macx. Can Hype Machines ThinkStopped at p 289 This book has been haunting me for months and it isn't even that long The idea of finishing it began to seem like a chore several weeks ago and at some point I realized that at my steadily decelarating ha reading pace it would haunt me for months if I didn't just stopThis is clearly supposed to be a fun bubbly readable book What turned it into such an albatrossI guess the problem is a fundamental difference between my worldview and the worldview assumed by the book I don't know if the book's view is Charles Stross' own view or whether he's just playing around with it this is fiction after all but the difference grated on me page by page sentence by sentence until it ultimately ground me downThis is another science fiction book that depicts the singularity something I've talked about on here before In that review I talked about how the singularity was originally supposed to be something that was impossible to depict in fiction and that I thought that when writers tried to do it anyway they often failed to sufficiently disorient the reader If you're going to depict something that's supposed to be beyond our comprehension you'd better not be too comprehensibleWith Accelerando the problem is uite different Stross is clearly working very hard to make his future continually disorienting Barely a paragraph goes by without some new bit of gee whiz terminology or the positing of some not before mentioned feat of engineering The dialogue is filled with odd terms and assumptions and seems intended to make the reader think again and again wait you guys can do that The intended impression is one of a future receding away from our comprehension at an accelerating rateBut rather than steady accelerating future shock my experience was of a sudden gigantic shock right at the beginning followed by woozy indifference The gigantic shock came from the fact that even at the beginning when Stross is merely showing us the day after tomorrow his world seems fundamentally different from the one I live in Specifically it seems to be a world in which there are no truly difficult technical problems a world in which everyone talks in breezy arrogant language full of colorful metaphors and vague commingled ideas and where this kind of talk somehow leads directly as if by magic to wonderful new technologies and a better world for everyone Typical dialogue runs something like thisIt's the agalmic future You're still locked into a pre singularity economic model that thinks in terms of scarcity Resource allocation isn't a problem any it's going to be over within a decade The cosmos is flat in all directions and we can borrow as much bandwidth as we need from the from the first universal bank of entropyThat's from the first chapter Granted the character speaking here is supposed to be a bit of a wild eyed singularity nut and the fact that he ends up being right is supposed to be somewhat jarring to the reader as much as to the other characters But it's not just his specific ideas that are vindicated it's his whole way of thinking or rather not uite thinking but bouncing incoherently from one glitzy idea to the next like a Wired magazine writer on acidStross' own prose sounds like this and as the book goes on as do the other characters A character is described as a strange attractor within the chaotic phase space of Italian politics as though this meant something definite and readily comprehensible Another doesn't believe in scarcity or zero sum games or competition his world is too fast and information dense to accommodate primate hierarchy games Reference is incessantly made to the state vectors of people's brains which appears to be nothing than a way of making the word state sound mathematical This is how Stross describes the political environment of the mid term future future globalism and tribalism have run to completion diverging respectively into homogeneous interoperability and the Schwarzschild radius of insularity At a later point he tells us ominously that the human memesphere is coming aliveThe ultimate effect of all of this compounded over hundreds of pages of dialogue and description is the evocation of a world in which everything that matters can be discussed in these bullshit terms Deliberately or not Stross' book is fundamentally a kind of fantasy novel about the alternate universe conjured by breathless tech journalism and Silicon Valley hype A world in which science gets done and technology gets made by people speaking this kind of language and there is no deeper grounded level where the metaphors disappear and everything is hard data and mathThe core personality trait of virtually all the main characters and really of the book itself is a boundless confidence in their own hazy thinking a complete lack of any tether to hard facts to a wide harsh world outside this Wired magazine sci fi headspace The universe itself conforms to the contours of the characters' thought patterns and the whole thing ends up feeling like some sort of Brave New World like utopiadystopia Part and parcel of this is Stross' complete inability to write engaging human relationships in this world whose fundamental metaphysics is made of buzzwords it's hard to have subtle or uncertain shades of feeling that can't be captured in a tech metaphor or distilled into a snarky uip Fittingly enough most of the sex in this buzzworld is BSDM and pretty stunningly unsexyI'll concede that Stross is relentlessly inventive and that he appears to be pretty talented at this strange task he's set for himself I've certainly never read anyone else like him A friend on Facebook wrote that he'd never read anything so gleefully wrapped up in its own cheerful balls to the wall insanity and I can easily imagine a slightly different version of myself finding that particular package very enjoyable But to actual me it was just grating page after page of fingernails on chalkboard of annoying guy at party who won't shut upI guess it also makes me wonder about all the people who take the singularity seriously as a prediction about the real future Do they find this book as grating as I do A lot of the enthusiasm for the concept comes from people who work in the software industry; I've noticed a lot less of it among scientists even though many of the important barriers between us and the singularity eg understanding the brain better are science challenges not engineering challenges Maybe the Accelerando mindset is simply the engineer's mindset taken beyond the limits of good sense a mindset formed by interacting with human creations that were made to be understood and combined Metaphors sometimes work in that world because it was made by us for us and we're creatures of metaphor; they break on the alien crags of the physical universe itself Which might be one reason not to listen to people from the tech industry when they talk about the singularity even when they sound really smartWell I dunno It's a thought

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AccelerandoPatriarch Manfred a freelance venture altruist giving away patentable high tech ideas in exchange for endless handouts while looking forward to the day when nanotech programmed smart matter surpasses humanity in intelligence and productivity Fifteen years later his adolescent daughter. I finally understand why Charles Stross is so popular even though I often find his fiction borderline unreadable I think he writes for a tech savvy readership and they love him for it It's great when an author gives you credit for intelligence and understanding and never talk down to you However while I know my way around Windows and Android phones I don't consider myself tech savvy certainly my understanding of programming is minimal A lot of what Stross puts in his fiction goes right over my headThis is my third Stross book originally it was going to be the first as it is available as a free e book under Creative Commons licence Unfortunately on that first attempt I could not read than 50 pages and had to give it up I had better luck with his Singularity Sky which I uite enjoyed not long after that I read The Atrocity Archives which I partially enjoyed very much like my second attempt at Accelerando I wanted to give Accelerando another try because it is a highly rated book among my friends at PrintSF online discussion group While I don't rate the book uite so highly myself I kind of understand my peers' enthusiasm for it there is a lot to admire in Accelerando even if the end result does not uite work for meCharles Stross has an immense imagination he knows his science and he has a sense of humour In addition to all that his blogs and other online posts give the impression that he is a great guy kind friendly modest and enthusiastic about science and science fiction The only snag is I find his prose style difficult to read He employs a ton of technical jargon and neologism most of which is never clarified I understand that he has numerous fans who do not have any problem comprehending his work power to them I can only speak for myselfAccelerando is a fix up novel comprised of nine short stories about events shortly before the advent of the singularity through the singularity and events post singularityThere lies the weakness of the book as a novel for me the nine stories do not bind together into one cohesive tale The fix up nature of the novel plays hell with the narrative rhythm I find myself veering crazily back and forth between enjoying the book to feeling a bit bored and frustrated with it The end result is on the positive side but not by a large margin Practically every page is brimming with new ideas and concepts sf readers who in this genre for the technological speculation is likely to have a field day This is under the proviso that they are able to follow the author's technical expositions I have to confess about 25% of these ideas flew right over my head may be I just don't have enough bandwidth or storage space to cope with them Be that as it may the reading experience can be frustrating from time to time Another complaint I have is with the characterization most of the characters except that weird cyber cat are of not worth caring about as Stross does not spend much time developing them they just exist to drive the plot forward I really do like the ideas that I was able to absorb though especially those concerning posthumanism and Stross' speculation of what our race may eventually evolve or transcend intoAfter being disappointed with The Atrocity Archives I kept telling myself that Charles Stross' sf books are just not for me yet somehow his ideas always manage to entice me to pick up another one I like Accelerando over all but I am also disappointed in it The trouble is I am almost certain to read another one of his book in the near future and I probably won't enjoy it