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Glasshouse by Charles Stross
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Apr 12, 10

Read in April, 2010

** spoiler alert ** I think good science fiction involves interesting speculative technology, but also insights into humanity. Glasshouse is good science fiction.

A society where one can remake themselves - new gender, entirely new body plan, new brain - naturally leads one to wonder what it means to be human anymore. The plot device of having them trapped in an experimental society from 1950-2000 allows more reflection on our own times.

The ending is not sad. I spent a good deal of time worrying that it would end like 1984. Big Brother could only dream of the level of societal control that could be enforced by direct manipulation of thoughts any way one liked. But it doesn't end like 1984.

The ending is a bit anticlimactic, actually. I really want to know who created Curious Yellow, and why.
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