Glasshouse

Glasshouse

Book - 2006
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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's trying to kill him. It's the twenty-seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees' personalities-including Robin's earlier self.
On the run from unknown enemies, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a preaccelerated 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 at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche.
Publisher: 2006
ISBN: 9780441014033
0441014038
Branch Call Number: AF STRO

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Debneo
Apr 25, 2015

Mind-expanding. A good dry run conceptually for the post-singularity human experience. When your self can be edited and stored as a backup file, the hacker or editor has a lot of unseen power over your essential self. Who are you after centuries of life and inumerable uploads? Great questions that we should be thinking about now-before we have to. 4.85 stars.

goomee May 18, 2014

What a ride! Stross is a master tale teller. Not only does the reader have to keep track of A gates, T gates, and time periods, but also gender changing bodies. I always enjoy how Stross shares the personal insights and feelings of his characters. Highly recommended.

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rsteady
May 10, 2010

It has some intriguing ideas about future warfare, life with multiple copies of yourself (and "backups"), and future transport. Feels a bit like an overly-earnest Ender's Game for adults in the simulated community setting, but a good read.

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erigami
Dec 06, 2009

A fun read. The "using the 20th Century as a [whatever]" trope is a bit forced (especially with the gender-related stuff), but it's worth reading despite that.

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Apr 25, 2015

Debneo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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