- File Size: 200 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Publication Date: June 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056A23TA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The story is well written, although you get little in the way of world building except through some news stories. There's only one character that's fleshed out to any degree. All of this is mostly a function of the novella form, but it left me a touch cold. The world itself obviously exists only to frame the main thrust of the story. Again, well written, some interesting threads, but a touch 'cool'.
As promised, this is relatively mild. The ending is one which I guessed pretty quickly. In Novella form it works fine because in a longer novel you might be tempted to feel cheated by the ending. As it is, there was still something of an inconsistency in the ending, but not enough to take away from the overall effect.
Assuming that such a terrifying event does not automatically cause anything more than survivable death, I guess it might be more interesting than the alternative. However, that post-singularity "world" (if such a term has meaning anymore) may mean that the meaning of "life", and the attributes associated with such, may go through significant redefinition.
How does the thought of an electronic Gulliver having the rights of citizenship sit with you? Hadn't thought of it, had you? Neither had I. I also never thought I would need to think about such. Thanks, Mr. Brin. Thanks a lot.
Our main character, a divinity figure who also has undergone some redefinition associated with the concept, is faced with how to deal with a ground-swell movement to add "characters" to the list of entities to be granted citizenship. Such reification could be dangerous since there would be an unlimited number of such and of each.. But, would that be true in a post-singularity existence without normal geographical restraints?
Theological concerns and questions fill this offering of Brin's. We can supply our own answers - or can we? Given that our main guy has already survived the trip through the black hole and we haven't, I guess our frame of reference will be considerably different and our answers skewed by our own comparatively mundane experiences.Read more ›
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If you pray, pray now, and read this story. I won't inject spoiler alerts, but I caution you...read this story and study Quantum Physics. If you dare.Published 2 months ago by John Barrett
I love David Brin's books but I was unable to give this more stars because the ending was predictable.Published 8 months ago by Joseph K. Jernigan
The tale held my interest but it seemed a bit too much like a philosophy course. Still it had intriguing questions. It is a good way to engage the brain.Published 11 months ago by D. Thies
this was a good quick read. He has written so many really great books - this perfectly ok short story was maybe the worst thing by him that I've read.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like Brin's stuff - always clever. In this novella, cleverness and ideas outweighed plot - for me, at least. The ending was a bit predictable.Published 13 months ago by Lindy Lou
Fun story. Somewhat predictable, but thought provoking nonetheless.Published 13 months ago by Paul C
This was an interesting diversion, read over two lunch times. It poses some well developed ideas about evolution as it applies to both man and machines. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sherro58
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