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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"Lobsters" introduces us to the permanently wired Manfred Macx, a youthful, self-assured (and self-doubting) cultural purveyor, the world's first "Venture Altruist," out to prove the validity of Win-Win synergistic scenarios while engaging in exotic drugs and sexual experimentation against a near future socio-political backdrop. Fleeing his dominatrix ex-wife, shifting ...more
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Published August 11th 2005 by AudioText (first published June 2001)
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4.5 stars. From the standpoint of pure brilliance of imagination and cleverness of writing, this short story (novelette really) is a no doubt 5 star effort, if not more. This is the first story set in the Accelerando series and the above description does an accurate job with the plot (to the extent anything can) and so I won't repeat it here.

I rated it 4.5 stars only because, from a pure enjoyment standpoint, it was a little bit "too out there" to really track all the nuances of the story. That
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: futurists, technologists, cyberpunks, opensource nerds
I read this in Rewired: The Post-CyberPunk Anthology. It's the best story in the 61% of the book I've read so far. The characters are real and quirky, and the world is utterly believable.

Assuming that processing power and mobile bandwidth keep accelerating at their current rate, let the world's governments fracture and/or hide in bunkers, and put yourself in Amsterdam. That's where this short story begins, and we follow a couple of days in the life of Manfred Macx, who enjoys life as an elite
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
it just sort of went nowhere...
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, atheism-deism
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Lobsters by Charlie Stross (2003)
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William Gibson but nice.
Nicholas Whyte
Part of the Accelerando sequence.
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Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy.

Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams and Richard Morgan.

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