Singularity Sky - Singularity Sky, Bk 1 Author:Charles Stross In the twenty-first century, life as we know it changed. Faster-than-light travel was perfected, and the Eschaton, a superhuman artificial intelligence, was born. Four hundred years later, the far-flung colonies that arose as a result of these events scattered over three thousand years of time and a thousand parsecs of space -- are beginning to ... more »rediscover their origins.
The New Republic is one such colony. It has existed for centuries in self-imposed isolation, rejecting all but the most basic technology. Now, under attack by a devastating information plague, the colony must reach out to Earth for help. A battle fleet is dispatched, streaking across the stars to the rescue. But things are not what they seem -- secret agendas and ulterior motives abound, both aboard the ship and on the ground. And watching over it all is the Eschaton, which has its own very definite ideas about the outcome....« less
Glenn B. reviewed Singularity Sky (Singularity Sky, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 8
Stross' first novel is ambitious in spades and successful a striking amount of the time. Some may find the satire laid on a bit thick - others will find it delicious. He has been accused of being a bit on the cold side but this book is such fun that I simply can't go along with that assessment. Plus I like his main characters.
This is one of those books that may infuriate you if you don't get the jokes: you'll find the author a little too smart for his own good. But Stross' ideas are stunning and -- in my opinion -- he pulls you right along if you will let him.
Not recounting the plot. That is for you to discover.
What happens when a galactic overmind oversees causality violations to protect its post-singularity existence? "Singularity Sky" blows open a whole new way of looking at the galaxy, in a rip-roaring, politically savvy, and hugely fun book.
Just re-read this for the Xenagia book club and enjoyed it. I found a lot of little details I enjoyed and character details that I think go a long way to answering criticisms that Mansour and Martin are ciphers.
This was a strange book -- part future-tech espionage, part space battle, and part crazy post-singularity world where wishes are granted without a second thought.
And: that was enjoyable. Like the other Stross book I've read, _Halting State_, the story gets chaotic about 3/4 through, and it's easy to get confused when all the insanity strikes, but I actually *liked* the characters here, and the plot was a fun one.