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Singularity Sky Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2004
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Martin Springfield is an engineer working for the Navy of the New Republic, one of the civilzations rising out of this diaspora and which despite it's name is more of an empire. The New Republic has banned most information technology and all nano-technology and keeps its citizens backwards in a highly stratified society where advanced technologies are only permitted for military or state security uses.
When a travelling interstellar civilization known as the Festival comes to the New Republic colony world New Rochard the whole social system is kicked over. The Festival wants stories and information, and is willing to trade high tech products that verge on the magical to the inhabitants of New Rochard, which destroys scarcity and the whole hierarchical system. Rather than allow this to happen the New Republic decides to launch a war fleet to take out the Festival. Using faster than light travel the war fleet will arrive at New Rochard before the Festival does, thus saving the day.Read more ›
Mr. Stross is obviously having more fun in some parts of his writing than others, which while noticable, isn't fatal. I think the other reviewers should give this book another read without their Clarion baseball hats on, or at least with them loosened a few notches. Perfection isn't required for enjoyment - just energy and novelty. Maybe they were dissatisfied at the denouement to the Big Space Battle, but that was the point - sometimes, you don't get the lollypop.
Singularity Sky is about *bigness*, like John Clute's _Appleseed_, but more accessbile. It's full of little in-jokes and sly tech-culture references, doing for the IETF what _Silverlock_ did for filk. It baps around collectivism, the principles of sovereignty, mutation theory, spy techniques, nanotechnology, Newtonian physics, kangaroo courts, secret police, and a character straight out of a Gilbert and Sullivan production. Oi vey!
I liked it. I'm looking forward to his next book A Lot. He will only get better.
This is a first novel and much be judged accordingly. It does have its rough edges. Like many hard SF authors, Stross has a love of technical jargon that does, sometimes, get in the way of the story. I must also note that I found the ending to be less than satisfactory and something of a cheat given the events of the story.
That said, the book is brimming with fresh ideas. Stross appears to be one of the few authors who takes the notion of a Vingean Singularity seriously and that comes through in this story to its benefit. He's also better at characterization than most hard SF authors manage (which isn't to say that it couldn't stand some improvement).
It is a book filled with ideas and brimming with a sense of wonder. I don't doubt that as he hones his skills, he will be an author to reckon with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An engaging story requiring patience and thoughtfulness to completely understand. Mr Stross' vocabulary is stunning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James D Cahill
Really enjoyed this quick read. Full of singularity, relativity and nano gobbledygook plus a neo communist absurd space opera to boot.Published 1 month ago by J. Mclane
Halting state and Rule 34 being two of my favourites I naturally reached for another Stross book with huge expectations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reading Donkey (Bulgaria)
At the time of this review, I have also read the 2nd book (Iron Sunrise) which to me was much stronger than Singularity Sky. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James R Petrarca
Entertaining and very novel concepts. I was captivated by the "Festival", this seeking information god-like entity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great read! I think that this series of books will be considered comparable to Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy and Herbert's "Dune" series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by joe birts
Couldn't finish the audio book because the narrator was so bad. I'll have to buy a text copy.Published 5 months ago by xpda
Not a bad read, but by the end I was actually not sorry to finish the book especially with what I consider a very lack luster ending. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lane Kimmel
From a very inventive mind comes an amazing tale. Read the other reviews for the story outline, but put the seatbelt on, this story is full of twist, turns and wonderful ideas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by 9wt