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Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology

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Presenting the posthuman future in its wildest science-fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations, this far-reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity, an era when advances in technology totally transform human reality. The featured stories and essays travel from the alien far-future of H. G. Wells and the almost-human, near ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Tachyon Publications
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Frederick Gault
Dec 21, 2013 Frederick Gault rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A series of short stores about the mythical "singularity" where either humans will use technology to attain nirvana, or we will be enslaved or eliminated by superior technical life-forms. Meh. Some of the stories were excellent but some IMHO didn't really address the topic.
Ondrej Urban
Apr 22, 2014 Ondrej Urban rated it liked it
Shelves: conjunct-collage
It's been some time since I read Rewired and loved it, and thus it filled me with great enthusiasm to pick up this book. Now, speaking from the other side after having finished it, I can honestly say it doesn't match up. Why?

First of all, it's a mater of personal taste, which I'm not sure how much belongs into a review. If there was a brilliantly told unicorn story that I wrote off based on my disliking unicorns or whatever, that would not be fair. So, to get this out of the way, I prefer storie
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Rachel
Jan 25, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Great premise, stories and essays about the singularity, with a star-studded list of writers. It's well-organized too, by types of possible singularities and somewhat chronologically--the last story is "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe." I found it enjoyable, though not quite as much as I'd hoped. Everything except the introduction had been previously published, so I'd read more than a few stories already.

The book started with some older pieces, one each from the 1920s, 1930s, 1950s, a
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Taylor Preston
Sep 24, 2013 Taylor Preston rated it it was amazing
Kelly and Kessel have put together another great anthology, following up on Feeling Very Strange, which brings together today's top writers working in the slipstream genre. Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology collects stories from classic SF writers such as Asimov, Sterling, Pohl, and Vinge, alongside more modern writers like Rajaniemi, Doctorow, Bear, and Stross, providing a broad spectrum of views on the Singularity. Personal favorites in the anthology include "The Last Question" by ...more
John Orman
Mar 09, 2013 John Orman rated it it was amazing
Stories and essays by many writers, including Ray Kurzweil, Isaac Asimov ("The Last Question"), Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, and all the way back to Olaf Stapledon.

Twenty years ago, Vernor Vinge wrote that "within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will end." That is a prediction of the time frame for the "singularity."

This book features mainly fictional revelations of the singularity, with a few non-fictional essays o
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Joshua R Derke
Feb 10, 2016 Joshua R Derke rated it it was amazing
This anthology explores leading voices on the singularity, including Vernor Vinge's essay and many science fiction pieces devoted to exploring the consequences of a post-human world. Most of the stories are great, and they challenge your notions about the future of humanity.

While I think the collection deserves 5 stars, there is a story and an essay that I feel traveled too far to the fringes of pseudo-science to have much merit, and therefore detracted from the rest of the book.
Grace Troxel
Sep 02, 2012 Grace Troxel rated it it was amazing
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Overall, I enjoyed this “Digital Rapture” tremendously. It was the kind of anthology that could entertain, but at the same time made me think and ponder the possibilities that the future could hold. I recommend it.
Doktorarbitrary
May 17, 2013 Doktorarbitrary rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed the majority of the stories within this compilation, I found that by the time I had read them all, and despite the fact the stories were quite varied, they all became somewhat "same-ish".
The essays however I found quite fascinating, and they have prompted me to do further research into the science behind the genre.
Patrick
Sep 17, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it


I found this a thought-provoking series of stories dealing with the implications of the Singularity. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this sub-genre of SF
Gwen Perkins
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Matt Comstock
Dec 27, 2013 Matt Comstock rated it it was ok
Shelves: quit-reading
To much singularity at once. I read this alongside Rapture of the Nerds. I had to take a break from stories featuring anthropomorphic routers.
Brooke
Apr 17, 2013 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was one crazy, but mind-opening book. It was interesting to read so many different takes on "the singularity" written by people with great intelligence and imaginations.
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James Patrick Kelly (please, call him Jim) has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his ...more
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