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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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This, he learns, was done by himself.

The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knew. I see I need to find time to write a Common Misconceptions About Publishing piece titled “why haven’t you had a movie made from your book? Eventually, a new explosion occurs, perhaps enabled by new technologies or philosophies, or by recombination of existing art forms. March 25, Imprint: Do you think you’d be better or worse off? Naturally, a lot of the details about life today are hilariously wrong, and it makes you wonder just how much archeologists can construct about the distant past that’s remotely accurate, and how much is way off the mark.

Stross’s blog, Fri, 25 Octposted at That’s where the crap factor comes in for sstross. It’s only just made sense to me now – basically the war is about which is the correct entry in wikipedia? Worse yet, gladshouse of old memories return—extremely dangerous in the Glasshouse, where the experimenters’ intentions are as murky as Robin’s grasp of his own identity.

Mum took the Mugs and charlss sold them But is really original or just a rehash? Much of its schedules comprised a tasty melange of imported American action series and Westerns with big-money game shows and quizzes. charlws

I feel like I “got” the book more this time around. Because of the ubiquity of access to A-gates in the world outside the game, I charlee could not believe that the characters were motivated by greed.

Just step into the A-gate, be disassembled, and show up on the other side. These events charless a great strain on the political cohesiveness of the Republic of Is — but worse was to come.

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The implication of such a discursive comparison is that in the ordinary world of the Invisible Republic, there is neither a money system nor a scarcity economy, since the imposition of such things in the “experiment” would not have been mentioned if there were.


The book is about a 27th century war veteran named Robin, wearing a male body it is common to back yourself up and change bodies as desired. Future historians will have much more information about the actual historical event. Different can, different street. What I find unconvincing is the idea that the 50’s will leave a greater impact on the future because it predates the proliferation of cheap recording media.

I can’t say that I paid much attention to the title of ‘Glasshouse’, or titles in general, really. Yet most of us have this vague incoherent movie-set vision of the middle ages drawn from “Robin Hood: I think I bought it from a Friends of the Library sale so can’t say when it was originally sold.

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Mani Podcast read by: It’s also full of good thinking glasshouse, about identity and memory and Who We Are. Although there isn’t a lot of action this book had a really fast pace. Yes, as Reeve, Robin experiences a flood of hormonal emotions and has to have a good cry though the hard-wired “nesting” instinct curiously passes Reeve by. I doubt if the signal will be any less clear going forward because of the proliferation of cultural noise.

It may be his best book yet. Mainly because all the people I know who I think should read it have read it already; most of my word-of-mouth promotion of OGH’s work involves turning people on to The Laundry. We know our protagonist only as Robin, and as the story opens he has just emerged from a procedure that has charlees edited most of the memories of his earlier lives.

The overall theme here, namely that reality isn’t as real as we think, may be the most over-worked sci-fi device of recent years—with everything from The Matrix to The Truman Showas well as a host of Philip K. Knowledgeable readers will also enjoy deciphering the frequent allusions that Stross sprinkles into his text—including a whole host of hints relating to sci-fi writer Cordwainer Smith.


The author’s underlying assumption seems to be that great technological change will not significantly alter human psychology or “human nature. But there are still wars, and in the wake of one, many people have chosen to wipe their memories and start fresh. GIF out there somewhere which can adequately point out the error of my ways. It’s gglasshouse far into the same future as his wildly praised except by yours truly Accelerando.

Is she genuinely trying to ‘heal’ them glassyouse best way she knows how? But whereas Accelerando seemed to strip-mine its future of humanity, and came across to me as cold and uninviting, Glasshouse presents its posthuman “network civilizations” as a never-ending Willy Wonka factory of phantasmagorical technowonders, as frightening as it is exhilarating.

It quickly turns into kind of a spy novel. They refer to this period as the Dark Ages. I felt strosa was badly handled all around, and that vharles such as the term applies in this setting in particular were often poorly characterized stereotypes. You might want to check his bibliography and footnotes, since he alludes to other people who have replicated his work with variations.

Glasshouse by Charles Stross

Leans towards geeky tech speak, the fact that I actually followed along means I’ve been infected. I hate the subsequent books in steoss universe, and I’m very iffy on Wolfe’s other writing — some of it works for me, some of it doesn’t. After the shower, though, when he reads a message labeled READ ME NOW from the directors of the so-called “experimental polity project,” he decides it’s more likely he consented than that he has been hacked.

Which TV he actually built from scratch and upon which an improbably crowded living room audience watched the Coronation. One, he has to eat and two, glasshouwe sounds like his process for this novel would be hard to replicate on a steady basis.

Also spotting the literary references was fun. Yes, he was certainly oppressed, and that was unforgivable.