Review: Singularity Sky by Charles Stross

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Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
2003, Ace

Review Summary: There are a couple of bright ideas here, but they are lost in the dross of Stross’s poor plot and theme choices and the lack of any sort of attachment to any of the characters in the story.

Full Review:

Singularity Sky by Charles Stross suffers from barely-portrayed characters whom the reader barely gets to know, a weak plot driven mostly by the motivations of an unlikely interstellar, imperial version of Russia and a rather weak theme. (Overly-censored and overly-controlling governments – or revolutions – squelch freedom and innovation? Really? Huh, you learn something new every day.)

There are a couple of bright ideas here – a coalescing god-like intelligence protecting itself by preventing timeline tinkering, possible avenues of post-human existence given easy access to cybernetic and readily configurable nanotechnologies, as well as the inhuman travel methods employed by the Festival – but they are lost in the dross of Stross’s poor plot and theme choices and the lack of any sort of attachment to any of the characters in the story.

03/07/07 CSL

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