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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Why were the dreams so incredibly detailed? I know that’s something we do in real life all the time. They could defend themselves against attack, build and direct weapons to selected targets, and netlink to any number of T-gates.

Need to work on that.

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I’m fitfully poking at a colony of Sims. Curiously, although Robin is a historian, he never evinces any concern with the inaccuracies of the “simulation” [mixing, for instance, “Fair Trade beans” p. It’s a shame that American readers aren’t agreeing, but what can you do? Once I’d figured the whole people-as-data thing you really know your sys admin Mr. However it does settle down dramatically after the second chapter, when it actually becomes almost a completely different novel.

Not all readers will object to Glasshouse ‘s inadequate socio-cultural world-building or glassyouse in-jokes shared by the author and the reader at the narrator’s expense. See dharma, dao etc.

Barbaric, any way you look at it. Charlie, We own a copy of Glasshouse but I can’t find it on the shelves. And so the narrative helpfully gives readers a pleasurable taste of post-humanity’s privileges, thereby establishing a baseline for what the loss of such privileges will mean to the story’s narrator, Robin who becomes “Reeve” when he wakes up in the Glasshouse.

Or are you saying the 50’s are so powerful that even the Worm could not censor them out even if it tried? What a role model she would have been: But I don’t see how ” Popping into Dr Hantas head to have her lay out her motivations and the truth about everyone’s background would completely betray those themes ” follows, given what we already know about how easily memory can be manipulated in this setting, heck, how easily people can manipulate their own memories, implanting false ones for a particular campaign, say, and retrieving the originals afterwards.


At a plot level, it’s about the question of what a society of immortal posthumans do with their soldiers when the war is over.

Who, after all, can resist in-jokes? Frankly, I chafed when the narrator wasn’t, on waking, as smart and resourceful as McGoohan’s Prisoner. Apparently there derivative styles already.

I’d certainly settle for an account of the censorship wars. This article’s lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents.

The State of the Art Ballard, J. However, in DecemberITV showed the first episode of a drama series that would go down in history as Britain’s best-loved programme of all time: In our actual, pre-Accelerated world, one’s older self is constrained by choices made by their younger self, rather than the reverse. It struck me from early on as a great illustration of the “lottery of birth” argument.

Absolutely spot on – and whether we are a “Monarchy” or a “republic” matters not a whit at that point, does it?


And when Robin now called “Reeve” discusses the need for collective resistance with Sam, the latter says, “It all depends on how they balance the relative convenience of making other people uncomfortable against their own future wealth. Blogs, on the internet, in HTMLhave been going for around years at this point. His father was apparently the mayor of Santiago de Cuba, the second biggest chzrles in Cuba, immediately prior to the Revolution. It would be nice if, one day soon, Charlie got a parcel in the mail.

The author’s underlying assumption seems to be that great technological change will not significantly alter human psychology or “human nature. At the moment here in the UK the Conservative Right wing of all political persuasions clearly long for the Good Old Days of Their Parents and Grandparents when the lower orders had Proper Respect For Their Betters and a substantial minority of the Political Class really do believe that things would be so much better if we returned to Traditional Family Values of the.


Follow Ted Gioia on Twitter at www. As I’ve mentioned here before, although as an adult I try to maintain as varied a reading list as charlea, I do naturally gravitate regularly towards the science-fiction or SF genre on which I was raised, as well as the “weird-lit” novels of our contemporary times that have been influenced by the genre.

Robin, a human male, is recovering from a memory excision process in a rehabilitation centre. I’ve got cuarles things to do, deadlines even. I’m going to stop here, because Glasshouse is so full of delicious surprises and nail-biting twists and turns that I don’t have the heart to spoil the experience. And to make any questioning of those somewhat anathema.

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The plot kept thickening and I wanted to keep reading. Also, I think the book benefits from being reread now, just because I’m a different I’d like to think better person than I was Update: Imagine if you could be born literally more than once?

They had access to all remaining historical information, and I find it unconvincing that they had more information about ‘s than the ‘s. So that’s what happened? As long as there is something of substance to be found under this style of writing I really enjoy it. I wonder whether the issue with “conceptual art” is more that no-one seems prepared to explain it to the rest of us than that it’s actually stuff that requires more skill in making up bcks about the piece than in creating the piece?

Among other things, it’s fascinating to see the Eight Worlds connection.