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Singularity Sky de Charles Stross
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Singularity Sky (edició 2004)

de Charles Stross

Sèrie: The Eschaton (1)

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In the twenty-first century man created the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence. It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known, while warning that time travel is forbidden, and transgressors will be eliminated. Distant descendants of this ultra high-tech Earth live in parochial simplicity on the far-flung worlds of the New Republic. Their way of life is threatened by the arrival of an alien information plague known as the Festival. As forbidden technologies are literally dropped from the sky, suppressed political factions descend into revolutionary turmoil. A battle fleet is sent from Earth to destroy the Festival, but Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and U.N. diplomat Rachel Mansour have been assigned rather different tasks. Their orders are to diffuse the crisis or to sabotage the New Republic's war-fleet, whatever the cost, before the Eschaton takes hostile action on a galactic scale.… (més)
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Títol:Singularity Sky
Autors:Charles Stross
Informació:Ace (2004), Paperback, 352 pages
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Singularity Sky de Charles Stross

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    Duna de Frank Herbert (hyper7)
    hyper7: Singularity Sky could have been set in the Dune universe.
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Rachel Mansour, UN rep, is traveling with a backwards planet’s military to try to stop them from violating causality, which will cause the AI intelligence that caused/is the Eschaton to destroy them and perhaps the systems around them; they’re worryingly close to Earth. OK but now I’m looking to see whether Stross’s obsessions (bureaucracy, artificial intelligence, Cherenkov radiation and glowing-green eyes) will show up the same way in the Merchant Princes series, which is next on my list. ( )
  rivkat | Nov 1, 2021 |
freaking awwesome ( )
  royragsdale | Sep 22, 2021 |
So preachy, not much of a story, mostly propaganda for anarchism. Singularity has no bigger fanboy. Not sure why one follows the other but somehow they're logically equivalent in the author's mind, as if monarchy couldn't produce science or anarchy couldn't commit genocide. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
This is one of the better pieces of singularity fiction I have encountered, despite the fact it dodges the hard problem of describing a post-singularity world by telling a tale from the point of view of the people the singularity left behind. The post-singularity intelligence(s) in the universe Stross built in Singularity Sky suppresses any ability of the pre-singularity entities in the universe to advance to a level where they may challenge it, or to perform any act that may threaten the events that led to the singularity-induced apotheosis of existing post-singularity intelligence(s). The post-singularity intelligence phenomenon influencing others is referred to as the Eschaton, and plays a significant role in how this tale unfolds, manipulating events from the shadows through the expedient of merely human agents in the thick of things.

In this particular story, a traveling pleasure palace civilization of sorts known as the Festival seems stuck forever in a peri-singularity state, never quite advancing to any level that may rival the Eschaton, and the actions of the Festival threatens the cultural control a backward, inconsistently anti-technology interstellar state exerts over its subject worlds. In response, the backward state seeks to undo the damage by employing causality-violating tactics to deal forcibly with the Festival, and agents of the Eschaton and of a more "enlightened" pseudo-anarchistic interstellar Earth-centric confederacy find themselves racing to save the lives of incredible numbers of people who will, if the backward state cannot be stopped, be wiped out by the Eschaton in its efforts to protect itself. It's a plotline made for people with an interest in the possibilities that face us in the future along an exponential technological advancement acceleration curve, and excellently executed. For that reason, I find it easily Stross' best book, of all of them that I have read.

If there is any flaw at all, it is that the Eschaton is too easily and blandly presented in a sympathetic light from time to time. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
This is what happens if you say to yourself, "I know! For my debut, I'll write an SF novel that's a giant allegory for the Edinburgh Festival!"

OK, there's more to it than that and it's a page turner. Those familiar with Stross's later works will see many familiar themes here - Cthulhu mythos, the Singularity, absurdities... ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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In the twenty-first century man created the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence. It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known, while warning that time travel is forbidden, and transgressors will be eliminated. Distant descendants of this ultra high-tech Earth live in parochial simplicity on the far-flung worlds of the New Republic. Their way of life is threatened by the arrival of an alien information plague known as the Festival. As forbidden technologies are literally dropped from the sky, suppressed political factions descend into revolutionary turmoil. A battle fleet is sent from Earth to destroy the Festival, but Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and U.N. diplomat Rachel Mansour have been assigned rather different tasks. Their orders are to diffuse the crisis or to sabotage the New Republic's war-fleet, whatever the cost, before the Eschaton takes hostile action on a galactic scale.

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