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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Iron Sunrise, Charles Stross

Stross is an excellent plotter, but with not much of a voice. For the first 6 chapters or so I thought I was reading something by Stephen Baxter. The characters aren't great, but the concepts are brilliant, and of course, the little nods towards Computer Scientists. He ends the novel with room for a sequel which would not be unwelcomed.

The UNI headquarters campus hadn't changed visibly in Rachel's absence---the same neoclassical glass-and-steel skyscraper, looming over old Geneva's stone arteries and quaint domes, the same big statues of founds Otto Von Bismarck and Tim Berners-Lee sitting out front in the plaza...

4 comments:

Spotted Loon said...

Why haven't you cashed my check? Do you plan to wait until I've overextended my finances, leaving my account with a paltry balance, so that it'll bounce? Are you plotting against me?

With regards to Stross, I enjoyed the series of short stories he published in Asimov's: Lobster, Troubadour, Tourist, Halo, and Router. But when the same style of writing was put into a novel, Singularity Sky, I couldn't take it....

Piaw Na said...

I use an internet bank, so it takes me a few weeks to get your check into the bank. Plus I plain forgot about it for a week or so...

I might have to find his short stories. Are they collected anywhere?

Spotted Loon said...
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Spotted Loon said...

Unfortunately, I don't have copies of Asimov's anymore.

But Charles Stross has a webpage at http://www.antipope.org/charlie/index.html.

And if you mail him, I bet he'd send them to you. :-)