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However, what took me so long to read this book was that Rucker was so focused on the wonders of the technology and the possibilities for it that the story itself...more
Good writing should always be about the characters, and at some point in "Act III", this book loses sight of the people and you find yourself distracted by how Rucker's technological universe works. That is, until you reca...more
I think that there is something for other writers to learn from his plotting - each character actually has two plotlines - the goals of their ego and the goals of their id or libido.
And another element of the book that appealed to me is that it's se...more
What could possibly go wrong?
Without sharing any...more
"Let me tell you what cool things this tech we've been working on together can do!"
"I know. Now let me tell you something else!"
"Isn't this fantastic that we can keep telling each other things we should both already know so we can bring the audience up to speed!"
This kind of obvious exposition is one of my pet peeves of bad writing, largely because it pushes the reader out of the story. The writing got better as the book...more
I must confess it: in front of cyberpunk literature I'm virtually helpless. At every nanotech trick, singularity episode and arising metaverse I rejoice as though this were the first SF book I've ever read, or better, as if I wasn't reading at all in the first place. I get deep inside the novel, I let it carry me away, I lose track of time and space.
So when I found out that Rudy Rucker's latest novel was free to download (http://www.rudyrucke...more
What I like at first are some of the highly imaginative ideas 'strech' to a future/possible world.
The two first section are excellent, mostly because there are highly imaginative ideas/stretch put into a plausible world.
Then for the middle of the books is just 'good' keeping the main characters alive and the story evolving with action, power, high-tech scifi and plain old guns and explosions. (Although it kind...more
Submitted for your perusal: POSTSINGULAR, Rucker’s latest novel. Science-fiction enthusiasts will be familiar with the concept of the Singulari...more
I can barely form a coherent reveiew after reading such a waste of ideas. And the truly depresing aspect of the situation is how much potential those ideas had to be explored.
Above all, story and science aside, the characters had no dimension. In character-driven story telling, as this novel attempted to be, this is unacceptable in fiction. The characters were given adult problems and situations to deal with, just pleading for some well written prose and dialogue to fully...more
Early on the narrative centers on a family: A mom, a dad, and a kid. We live with them for a bit as the world disappears into a cloud of nanobot munchers. Cool. Then the equations are reversed and everything c...more
Postsingular tells the tale of a few folks who live through a very simplistic Singularity, and how they cope with the new always-networked world populated by artificial intelligences and strange beings from a parallel universe (spec...more
Postsingular gives up the ghost in the first few pages: the singularity happens and from then on "crazy stuff" is the norm. Everything can be answered via the omnipresent web of "orphids," nothing is unknowable, and the main characters...more
In other words, brilliant and highly recommended. I'm a fan.
On one hand, it has fair amount of interesting concepts, little scientific in-jokes and interesting construction of the world. On other hand, it has horribly paper-thing characters, that don't really develop - their behavior looks like something that was reverse-engineered back from their final positions and things that they were supposed to do. The overall plot was rather oneiric, with just a bit of too much of a randomness and deus ex machinae overdose.
For some reason, though, I still enjoyed reading it, at first. A little over half way through I was still ready t...more
Postsingular presents us with a world where nano-machines can self replicate using any available mass. The machines are ultra-powerful computers, and the psychotic inventor of the machines wants to use them to devour the world, replacing the earth we know with a simulated version.
There are some interesting concepts here, but overall I found it to be too much of a head trip, and didn't enjoy it. Some of the plot elements are just plain silly. I also had a difficult time identifyin...more
I note that for a guy that believes in the singularity and uptake of human consciousness into machines, and in fact thinks that all reality is calculation based ala Wolfram, he still seems to prefer nature intensive realities to the digital. Maybe that's one of the re...more
Indeed, how often do we see the future coming? Yet we insist on pro...more
In fact, the world is remade at least twice in the book, first in a freak experiment, and then in a phreakier one. The law of unintended consequences is the law of the land in Rucker's re-re-imagined Earth, where a global, semi-organic network of sentient helper tech grants everyone a form of omniscience, and taps into other dimensions....more