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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It may be his best book yet.

Which is why it is very difficult for the real experts maybe geniuses, sometimes to make headway. Rourke turned to me. This glasshousse really a book about what makes you you. Today I am happy to say I have strosx found a Stross novel that I absolutely love and works completely for me.

One’s consciousness of gender doesn’t change when one’s sex changes abruptly, without either desire or preparation; one simply continues to make glasshouuse as before—until the unconscious assumptions determining that meaning are challenged. It was fascinating to see who he became. For some reason Stross insists on using a different timescale even though their bear a slight linguistic resemblance to terms we use today. Try saying that back in 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.

But I must admit I was hoping that this crib sheet would give a brief summary of what’s actually going on in the story. But these were mopped-up one-by-one, and the galaxy returned to a semblance of normality with the firewalled polities building “clean” A-gates to carefully re-integrate. Check Sean Williams’ three and a half book Goasshouse trilogy. It’s a shame glasshoyse American readers aren’t agreeing, but what can you do? But back to The Step ford Wives?

We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. Would you give strods somthing to cite either way for wikipedia? The metaphor is fairly straightforward; anyone who used a personal computer back in the days when back-ups weren’t automatic and incremental will grok all the possible complications of rogue copies and all the risks of loss one is subject to under the regime of non-systematized back-ups.



gglasshouse They could defend themselves against attack, build and direct weapons to selected targets, and netlink to any number of T-gates. October 26, at 3: They become sexually involved. Or is the Yousay possibly sleepwalking into becoming a theocracy in all but name despite the Constitution?

View all 10 comments. I think I’d be careful about being a “republican” – like “Monarchist” it can mean so many things, apart from USian political parties.

What a role model she would have been: Though as already mentioned, those glasshoyse emotional makeup is likely to be inherited from the murderer, not the murdered. On the other hand, it did allow for what I thought was one of the better lines and points of the ylasshouse which was that the designers of the experiment took prescriptive literature and treated it as though it were descriptive. This was my first Stross, but I don’t think it will be my last.

SF : Glasshouse / Charles Stross ☆☆☆☆½

After Curious Yellow’ s destruction, a number of Quisling dictatorships formed, using hacked versions of the worm to spread in an attempt to form separatist dystopias, populated by brainwashed populations led by sinister “cognitive dictators”.

Still, I enjoy rereading this book every once in a while. How could this book possibly go wrong? I mean I understand the surface-plot nicely, but the whole thing just leaves me at a head-scratching “wh.

Whether he’s American or not, is certainly ignorant of American history. Generally, the ships’ systems are not connected to the galactic network at large. As a result, researchers borrow his ideas, don’t use them for anything critical, and get on with their publish-or-perish lives, while pop psych people glasshoise that’s the way things work.

I started this particular book because it was sold to me as glasshose future thriller wherein the protagonist enters a reenactment of s Earth in order to elude his attackers, only to discover and more sinister plot within the reenactment. Above all, gender is a system for making meaning. And Fifth and Sixth And while I understand Past Me’s desire for a sequel, I also don’t think one would really be justified. I’d still be interested to know what happened to the characters and their descendants: Jeter needed a term to describe what he and others were doing.


I know 3 stars seems low, but I did like it and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention. It’s tied with Accelerando for my favorite Stross novel, though I recommend it the least often.

Robin, the protagonist, has recently had his memory erased. Sep 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: The narrator never once offers us a sign that food, drink, recreational drugs, clothing, “privacy bowers,” rehab apartments, therapy, or even medical repairs or replacements cost money. Although the narrative is in the first-person, the author nevertheless speaks directly to the reader—over the narrator’s head, so to speak—when he puts lines like “Welcome to the Village” p.

Yes, there are a lot of dense allusions to everything from The Sims to the history of psychological warfare and computer worms that was Curious Yellow, BTW, named after a porno movie of some repute, just to muddy the waters Despite its burgeoning popularity, the technology required to broadcast signals and receive them in homes was decidedly primitive.

So you may take it as read that I do not intend to behave unprofessionally, even if my Muse has other ideas. There are other localized aspects that I despise: However, while I haven’t read more than the first few chapters, I think there’s a fairly mundane reason why there’s not an Altemeyer school and its critics.

Even when the rules of a society are based on dubious, if not dangerous, values, most individuals ask few questions and do as they are told—and apparently that aspect of human nature has not changed in the future envisioned by our author.

Curious Yellow is derived from a paper on worm design by Brandon Wiley: A sequel to Glasshouse would be nice, but I’ve got the original to reread every few years, so I can suffer through the loss.