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Slant (Queen of Angels #4)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,022 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
In the sixth decade of the 21st century, the world has been transformed. Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves on the cellular level. And the study of the mind has brought about a revolution in both human psychotherapy and artificial intelligence.

It's a sane and perfect world. Almost.

A man called Jack Giffey
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 15th 1998 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1997)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Aug 05, 2008 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it liked it
Shelves: what-sf
I think I would have enjoyed this better if I had read the first book. The story stand alone fairly well but there are a lot of references to things that happened before that I felt I would benefit from having more info about. I'm not going to spoil it so I'm just going to say that the premise, the cause of why people are having problems, didn't make sense to me. I have some experience with people who have the modern day version and I can't imagine why the person who started it all would have ma ...more
David Bias
Aug 16, 2015 David Bias rated it it was amazing
Heavily read and re-read. I want to make it into a screenplay!!
Andy
Oct 31, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I need to compare intra-book year dates because this one started out a bit confusing. You end the last book with Mars doing it's dance and then you are back at what I can only guess is after Queen of Angels--which...is just a tad confusing.

Let's abstract then and just dove-tail it behind book #1. Yay, makes a bunch more sense. It's been a little time but not a lot and we rejoin Choy, Martain, Jill and new cast members. We return to a world in confusion and something dark unfurling the human cond
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Nicholas Barone
Jul 25, 2011 Nicholas Barone rated it really liked it
Slant is the 4th novel written by Greg Bear in the setting he introduced in the novel Queen of Angels - an Earth which has been transformed by nanotechnology. In internal chronology, it is the second of the 4 novels, so I chose to read it right after finishing Queen of Angels.

Slant is, in a word, excellent. Where the story in QoA occasionally dragged, Slant's story is a high energy, fast paced page turner. The story takes place several years after the events of QoA. Three of the main characters
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David
Aug 28, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slant is set in an all-too-possible future United States where people are constantly hooked (often physically) into an advanced version of the Internet and it is routine to undergo mental therapy, mediated and maintained by nanobots that float freely in one's bloodstream till the end of their days. Dataflow rules all, and people are generally consumed by information. Immortality is within reach ... or so a group of wealthy "Untherapied" aristocrats believes.

There is a lot going on in Slant, and
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Jennifer
Jan 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, fiction, owned
High time for a quick read, I headed to the science fiction section at the used bookstore and picked up Slant, as Greg Bear has made it onto my list of trusted authors. Despite that, the first noteworthy thought I had reading this book was "Please, dear Greg, no more writing sex scenes!" I was a tad concerned when sex/porn turned out to be rather central to the plot, but the most cringe-worthy moment had passed and I was soon absorbed by the story.

Basic idea -- it's 60ish years in the future. Th
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Angie
Jul 06, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok
So, I didn't realize until just now (when it came up for my search) that Slant is #4 in a series. That might make all the difference when reading it.

I like Greg Bear; I really liked Darwin's Radio, at least, and I've got a few books of his on my shelf. This one, though, was a bit too disjointed, and he tried to pack in SO MUCH stuff that it just detracted from the overall story line. It almost seemed like 2 parallel books jammed into 1, but not well. The interesting kernel of the story (to me) o
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Liz
Apr 28, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
Brilliant and scintillating possible future that seems all too tangible a reality when read a decade after its first publication. Depending upon your own personal slant, you will either be horrified or anticipatory of the technology presented in this story.

Possible futures based upon current world trends fascinate me. Books written when certain types of technology are in their infancy; those that seem to be a self-fulfilling prophecy 10 years later on; are a fantastic read, almost a horror story
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Ryan Schneider
Feb 12, 2012 Ryan Schneider rated it it was ok
SLANT is well written and has lots of cool futuristic lingo which takes forever to figure out, plus an ensemble cast of characters whom I constantly had to try and remember each time there was a POV shift.

Greg Bear makes an interesting sociological observation about how pornography and the instant gratification mentality so prevalent today is a risky, and potentially destructive one.

But I found my interest lagging toward the end. I ended up reading really, really quickly through the big climax c
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Olethros
Aug 15, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Cuando el fondo es más importante que el frente.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En un futuro no muy lejano, en la segunda mitad del siglo XXI, en el que la nanotecnología lo ha cambiado todo a muchísimos niveles de la sociedad e incluso casi a la esencia de las propias personas, las vidas de un ex militar metido en labores ilegales, una conocida sexartista, un psiquiatra especializado en terapia de casos rechazados por sus colegas, una inteligencia artificial autoconsciente llena de
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Berry Muhl
Feb 01, 2016 Berry Muhl rated it it was amazing
If you're not thoroughly steeped in hard sci-fi idiom and technological understanding, don't even try.

If you're a braniac who seeks bragging rights for having fought through a dense, intricate and challenging novel, don't make excuses. Just read it.

I wasn't aware when I picked this up that it's the fourth in a series. Now I have to find the others and read them, in order. Bear doesn't insult your intelligence. He doesn't offer exposition or explication or definitions. He just throws you, a haple
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Punk
Jun 25, 2007 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
SF. It's the future and therapy's on its way to becoming mandatory. Society's divided into high naturals, naturals, untherapieds, and CTRs; then there's the transforms (humans who have elected to change their physiology for aesthetic purposes) and the thinkers (artificial intelligence responsible for guiding entire companies), and the Ruggers (militia members in the Republic of Green Idaho), but now, with a little help from an unlicensed thinker and a band of domestic terrorists, those class sys ...more
Nicolas
Dans un caveau caché dans le fin fond de l’amérique profond doit se trouver le trésor amassé par d’innombrables nababs qui attendent un avenir meilleur(1). Bien sûr, d’audacieux cambrioleurs rêvent de mettre la main dessus. Ca, c’est à peu près ce qu’on peut trouver sur la quatrième de couverture de ce formidable roman. On y retrouve un certain nombre de personnages déja vus dans La reine des anges avec lequel Oblique partage également une vision de la Terre future extrêmement séduisante. Heureu ...more
Anthony
Feb 06, 2014 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Slant, by Greg Bear, is a sequel (of sorts) to Queen of Angels.
Could you read this without reading QOA? Sure you can. Should you? Not really, because this book jumps right into the fray of the world built in the first book. This review is only a mild spoiler type of situation, so if you would like to know nothing, stop here and know I like the book. That’s it.
Slant doesn’t feature a lot of characters from the earlier book, but does feature our symbolic Queen of Angels, Mary Choy, scientist tur
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Ellen (Elf TajMuttHall) Finch
This has been sitting on my shelf a long time, waiting to be read.

This was technically well written (i.e., didn't feel like an amateur or sloppy writer writing it) and had interesting characters, or I might not have made it through the book. At least the first half felt like it was taking forever to get to the point or the action or whatever--I didn't really know why I was reading the book. Normally, I love stories that unfold rather than dumping everything on you up front, but this just felt te
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Cindy
Questioning moral of the story: Is life worth living if it's without some strife?

Slant is not, strictly speaking, the second in a series, but follows the events and several characters from Queen of Angels. Although Slant is a better story than its in-universe predecessor, sadly you need to read QofA to really be able to easily fall into the story. As others have reviewed here, Bear does not explain most of the background information, language and culture of this near-future world. So things like
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Isabelle
Aug 31, 2012 Isabelle rated it liked it
I like Greg Bear a lot, because he definitely doesn't forget the "science" in "science-fiction". Darwin's Radio/Darwin's Children was, in my opinion, spectacular (although if I remember correctly the first one is better than the second one). For some reason, though, I enjoy them when reading them, but I usually can't remember them that well afterwards - Blood Music and Eon/Eternity are a good illustration of that - I know I liked them, but I just can't remember what/who they were about.
I guess S
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Morgan
Jul 27, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it
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Rob
Apr 14, 2016 Rob rated it it was ok
I didn't even realize Slant was part of a series until I logged it on here. The fact that it's technically book 4 in a series is about the only reason I'd consider checking out the previous titles... mostly just to see if they are more interesting. Which brings me to my main gripe about Greg Bear: I just really don't give a shit about any of his characters. Sure, he's a brilliant futurist. He's great at speculating about the intersection of biology and technology, and the impact that might have ...more
korty
Oct 25, 2007 korty rated it it was amazing
This sort of sequel to Queen of Angels is wild near future tale about advanced therapy, nanotech, sex and artificial intelligence. Greg Bear is an amazing hard SF writer who has been at it for many years. There is an amazing non-traditional AI construction that gets revealed at the climax of the novel that blew me away. Queen of Angels is a very different kind of novel to this one, and they don’t have to be read in succession. His book Moving Mars -which I also highly recommend- is also tangenti ...more
Althea Ann
Slant, is a aequel to Queen of Angels, but, I would say, is much less ambitious and also a much better book.
Policewoman Mary Choy is back, after a few life changes (divorce, move from LA to Seattle, job change). When she's called on to assist in an investigation of sex workers killed through botched back-alley nanotech operations, she does not expect to be launched into a far-reaching conspiracy to bring down society. But a billionaire investor's mysterious suicide, a virtual-reality murder, and
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Jonas Salonen
Nov 27, 2016 Jonas Salonen rated it liked it
This book was something I've now learned to expect from Bear. The setting is interesting. There is not much explaining done at the beginning. You are somewhat left alone wondering what any of these characters have to do with the story. What the actual story is, even. But then you start to see, how the different plotlines come togehter, start to care about some of the characters and then about half way through the book you can't put it down.

And the book just keeps on getting tenser until the end.
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Peter
Difficult at first: In inventing the world of Slant, Bear uses an infuriatingly large array of long made-up words (some easily derived from current words, others seemingly random collections of letters). This makes it very difficult to read at any kind of pace, and difficult to keep track of the many sub-plot twists and turns. Personally, I found it very difficult to get through the first 150 pages.

However, as one gets further and further through the book, the language (and plot) seem to become

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Jonathan Lupa
Sep 21, 2011 Jonathan Lupa rated it it was ok
Light spoilers on general topics inbound:

The big premise is that humanity going forwards uses chemistry changing "therapy" to work through psychological issues (running the gamut from mild depression to serious psychosis). We then get to walk through a scenario where they have to deal with the sudden catastrophic failure of said therapy.

As usual, Greg Bear does the "Big SciFi" topics, which I've generally been happy with, but his execution in story telling in this particular book was easily the
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Liz
Aug 22, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
This was the 4th in a series? Oops. Was great, regardless.

To me, this book stood out from the general sci-fi trend. Most futuristic sci-fi books pick one insane technological element, take it to the extreme, and then cover how that one technological attribute creates a new world. In Slant, Bear takes on MANY different insane elements--chemistry-based mental therepy, nanotechnology, AIs, mindjack websurfing, etc. and then shows the bizzare, very human societies it managed to create. A world that
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Graham Crawford
Jul 26, 2011 Graham Crawford rated it did not like it
This was really bad - ok - a couple of good ideas - but dreadful prose and completely unlikeable/ forgettable characterization. And his BIG idea is just - WRONG! - the writer talks about autopoietic systems, but he has confused these with morphogenetic processes. He has obviously read a tiny bit of science, and got the wrong end of the stick - and since this is the entire point of the book ..... its a tiny bit disturbing that the writer doesn't understand what he is attempting to write about. em ...more
Steve
Dec 02, 2011 Steve rated it liked it
A semi-experimental fractured postmodern narrative coheres by the end and turns out to be an interesting story. Turns out it's the 4th in a series, though it doesn't say anything on the cover of the book.

I've read this book in spurts and left it alone for a year, and then recently finished it. An odd way to read a book. I suppose I look for smoothness in scifi, maybe I should try more post-modern scifi now that my tastes are evolving in this direction.

I like Greg Bear, lots of good books.
Dave
Feb 05, 2011 Dave rated it liked it
A very slow starting book. 5 completely different character perspectives within the first 50 pages, and by the time you get back to the first character you don't remember anything about them!

It finally got better much later in the book, especially when the separate character threads starting merging and you got a better sense of the overall plot.

The ending was satisfying, but overall the book was just okay.
Andreas
Mar 26, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
I am still not entirely sure what this novel is about. It is a near future tale, with few traditional SciFi space trappings. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and my final conclusion is that Bear is writing about societal trends that may appear in the future, in particular the impact of the very rich wanting to live for a very long time. Not nearly as epic as Eon and Eternity, it is nevertheless a solid work.

http://www.books.rosboch.net/?p=440
Macha
May 26, 2012 Macha rated it liked it
it's a kind of sequel to Queen of Angels (two common characters, set a bit later). he dumps artifical intelligence, nanotech into a dystopia pot, stirs well, and emerges with a fairly standard cyberpunk narrative. since i kinda like cyberpunk narratives, i was fairly pleased with the result. but the characters weren't so much interesting, the whole thing read stiffly in Bear's usual style, and it's not as inventive as his premises can be.
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.

http://us.macmillan.com/author/gregbear
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