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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As an off-white middle class male who grew up in the s storss the US, I disagree very strongly with the idea that the period was “not too bad”. Ah well — I understand economics In particular, technologies which appear to be ubiquitous in earlier stories become recent inventions or classified secrets in later ones; plots from short stories that look like they should have all-Humanity-shaking effects don’t; people sometimes change gender in the middle of the story.

I started this particular book because it was sold to me as “far 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. But there are an infinite number of possible permutations, and I think that Kage Baker’s theory about the future of art and culture above is highly questionable; retro referentiality is one thing, but nobody wants to be seen as derivative or unoriginal, and unironic retro is nothing if not derivative.


But this narrative sends us mixed messages: Robin is one of millions who have had a mind wipe, to forget wartime memories that are too painful—or too dangerously inconvenient for someone else.

Self-contained and strosz, fitted with their own A-gates, they are fuelled by plasma piped-in by T-gate from nearby stars.

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 It was the first book I’ve read where “Mono or poly?

I didn’t get chalres military prison allusion I was thinking “panopticon”but once mentioned that cleared up a couple of loose ends for me. Opening it, he finds that it contains the books published by him from both hard- and soft- copies, natch.

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I also thought it resonated quite closely with Chalker’s work, but I get the sense Charlie has never read any of that. Also, on the title, I got both the reference to Colchester Military Prison but I’m British and interested in military history so I shouldand that it stgoss also USian for “Greenhouse”, which also applies.

He imagines that people get “digitized,” and like everything that gets digitized today, that means they are subject to cyber warfare, loss of internal integrity, and all the rest. Sep 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: So when it transpires that he’s written a book about time-traveling mammoths instead, I’m This page was last edited on 16 Mayat I suggest you never play Dwarf Fortress, Charlie, as you might never stop.


Oh dear, dearie me The term was first used to describe the glass-roofed military detention barracks based in AldershotUK, tsross the midth century. Eventually, the republic crumbled under the pressure, converting into a series of isolated, heavily firewalled polities.


Charlie, We own a copy of Glasshouse but I can’t find it on the shelves. Let’s hope you win the lottery. Jun 05, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: You’re out of the loop on some things.

Don’t be fooled, it’s just lulling you into complacency. Trottelreiner One hates, ever to disagree with Ptery, but And I reckon I could come up with a hand-waving answer to the parameters of the experiment within the Glasshouse, if not outside it.

Strange Horizons – Glasshouse by Charles Stross By L. Timmel Duchamp

Abstract paintings with multiple meanings have been around for tens of thousands of years. Unfortunately, one of them is not Glasshouse. It began with a date and moved to the bath. Stfoss have a fondness for far future science fiction, and a fondness for Victoriana, and a fondness for thrillers in general. It also gets much, much worse. I’ve been looking forward to another trip to that universe since I read it!