Glasshouse [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ONE NIGHTMARISH PANOPTICON.” – The New York Times When Robin . This Glasshouse isn’t just glass. It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Perhaps we all live in a Glasshouse of our own making, Stross constantly hints, while offering up an account of those who, contrary to the old adage, respond by .

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And quite often it strlss cooperating, but looking for a cut at every instance. But explaining why it was a failure due to the fact that it aged badly compared to real history? Post in the US especially people want to have white hats and black hats, and anyone who shows up in gray had damn well better convert ASAP.

Yeah, I forgot to mention upstream: The lgasshouse of computer science was so oppressed in s Britain that he killed himself.

Different can, different street. I was very aware of gender roles as a social construct in this book.

She is definitely not going to take this lying down. The plot occasionally drags and runs into dead-ends— long passages describe incidents the laborious construction stroas a crossbow in the garage, an escape attempt via a ladder several kilometers long, etc.

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American conservatives have always been fond of formerly rich Cubans persecuted by Castro. Robin has just emerged from radical memory surgery. It’s frightening to know there are people who think like that in real life.

The thing it most reminded me of charlse the time was rather carles “The Prisoner” the Glasahouse McGoohan version. I am certainly looking forward to reading more of Charles Stross’s work in the future. These symptoms usually begin many years after the initial exposure to asbestos. There were basically two settings going on and I could not connect with the supposed real world setting which was super weird in the future with nothing going on that made any sense. Just because you call something by a new name, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been around it’s not recycled.


Yes, you’re quite right.

I am the backup. A long series of these wars plagued posthumanity, starting around years before the novel begins, lasting for almost a century two centuries, according to Yourdon.

Strange Horizons – Glasshouse by Charles Stross By L. Timmel Duchamp

A theme in this book helps explain why. I was taught to never have a list with only two things. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Well, I’ll say it again. Perhaps it’s a fault of ambition, like PJF’s Riverworld which was always going to have difficulty living up to its premise. I can think of 2 conditions that might lead to it: Or, only a few pages later, for their eager compliance and collaboration with a regime of oppression and fear that inevitably leads to frenzied mob killings and other cruelties?

No choosing your body.

Scherick produced the version, all three sequels, and was posthumously credited as producer in the remake. The reader too quickly gets lost in a murky soup where the characters and the plot have no real meaning, because everything could just be a fever dream. Close Report a review Strsos Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane glsshouse, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Books of the Week. Original Fiction in He was arrested after and jailed for six months, and all the family property confiscated. Nov 25, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing. I also really loved the brief glimpses we get at the censorship wars and wanted more about that, somehow, though I suppose it’s hard to tell a satisfying complete story about a war where the people fighting it aren’t allowed to remember why. Any thoughts on that?

For Glasshouse implicitly poses the question of whether, in Stross’s portrayal of “Accelerated” humanity, post-humans are inherently superior—evolutionarily fitter—than pre-Accelerated humans.


Add me to the list of people whose favourite of your novels is Glasshouse and who would love to see the sequel. Overall it was uneven and the very end was predictable. I’m assuming Jeff Noon got the name from the movie, and then according to mikecotton in comment 42 it inspired the worm name.

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. And it seems to me that cultural signal is pretty clear. Surely if one is going to write a story like this, then its focus has to be a lot more contemporary — as writing about the s is about as relevant to us now or us in as having these characters caught in a simulation of Victoriana. Leans towards geeky tech speak, the fact that I actually followed along means I’ve been infected.

Back in government a few years later, she introduced Serps to guarantee a second pension to all employees, women as well as men. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon awards and short-listed several times for the Tiptree. And yet, references to money abound. Ok, how many of the UK candidates ignore the occasional “Christian church” ones actually felt a need to state a position on evolution or creationism? Of course, he goes on to defend Human Rights, not because they are natural, but because nature is cold and uncaring and we should create something better.

Not only did I feel the gender roles were poorly written from the perspective of a far future, gender optional society, I felt that they were poorly written in a 20th-century context. There’s a lot in there.