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Architects of Emortality

(Emortality #4)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Brian Stableford launched an ambitious future history series with Inherit the Earth, to widespread praise. "Stableford has created in this novel a totally believable world, and wrapped it around a series of mysterious events, surprise revelations, double crosses, confused motivations, rumors, lies, plots, and counterplots. . . . Tightly controlled and suspenseful throughou ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1999)
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Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ο βλαστός και τα φύλλα του θαυμαστού φυτού ήταν καταπράσινα,όμως τα πέταλα σε κάθε άνθος ήταν κατάμαυρα. Το κέρινο στίγμα στο κέντρο κάθε καλυκα ήταν βαθυκοκκινο και είχε την μορφή αιγυπτιακού σταυρού"
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Simon Mcleish
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally published on my blog here in March 2001.

In most trilogies, each novel continues more or less directly from the previous one, with many of the same characters. There is, however, a lengthy gap between Inherit the Earth and Architects of Emortality. In this time, big advances have been made in the use of microscopic robots (nanotech) and genetic manipulation of embryos to increase the human lifespan. Everyone can expect to live two or three hundred years, and this has brought huge chang
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Elmer Foster
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: no one
I have to admit I like Sci-Fi books, normally.

This one not so much. (I did not know that this was book #4 of a series by Stableford. I don't, however, think that the first three would improve my thoughts on this outing.)

AoE posits several efforts to increase our mortal longevity, to varying results. Too much time is wasted in between scenes explaining the body types remaining/preferred in the future or what happens after the third rejuvenation; or skinsuit types, or how no one is born naturally;
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Justin Price
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the strictest sense, Architects of Emortality by Brian Stableford is a whodunit. Its premise a relatively simple one. In the twenty-fifth century where death is rare and murder rarer, a long lived, famous, and influential architect has been murdered. And while that may sound mundane for a science fiction story, it is the manner of weapon which draws the attention of the U.N. World Police and a powerful cabal of Capitalists derisively known as MegaMall: flowers. Flowers that have been discover ...more
Mark Edlund
Nov 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Science fiction - didn't like it, didn't get it, will not read any other books in the series. Supposedly a murder mystery where the crimes are committed by genetically modified flowers I felt myself beat over the head the segues about morality, Oscar Wilde and Beaudelaire.
No Canadian or pharmacy references.
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K. Blaha
May 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
Note: in this review, I mostly limit comments to the intro and first chapter (65 pages in this case). This review and other sci-fi reviews at my home page.

Rating: 1.5/5 stars

Architects of Emortality by Brian Stableford is the fourth book of the Emortality series and my first Stableford book. I am still unclear on the significance of “emortal” versus “immortal”, but otherwise, the book stood alone without reading the first three books. Architects of Emortality is set in the late 2400s. Life can b
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Larry
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
25th century murder mystery.
A major preoccupation of future humanity is the struggle against old age and death. The attempt to live forever through the use of nanotech rejuvenation failed. Now there's a promising new technique but it must be performed on the embryo. Too late if you've already been born, but the next generation may live forever.
This is the setting for a series of bizarre murders targeting a group of old men who seem to have nothing in common.
There's nothing on the cover about thi
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Dev Null
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: skepticism
There is such a thing as being too self-aware.

In the final pages of this book, one of the main characters thinks "If only she had been able to play a more active part..."

Funny; thats exactly what I was thinking.

This is an intriguing book, full of big ideas, but very little actually _happens_ in it. Our proxies in the tale, the main POV characters, essentially trail passively along being told things. So as a reader I also feel passive and uninvolved in the tale. Of course, as the reader of a book
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Will
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
An installment in the future-history revised from his collaboration THE THIRD MILLENIUM. Charlotte HOLMES and Hal WATSON pursue a bizarre series of murders in a world where murder is vanishing, with the Hardinist Cabal looking over their shoulders, and the assistance -- whether they want it or not -- of the mad(ish) geneticist Oscar Wilde (his real name). It is Wilde who will grab the reader's attention as he races to unravel the scheme replete with references to decadent literature and real "f ...more
Dark-Draco
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Excellent SF - an author I have heard of but never read. A murder mystery with a difference - what a way to go - your flesh consumed by flowers. I was hooked straight away and finished this off in a about three days. The only reason that it didn't get a higher rating was that I'm still not 100% sure I understand all the motive stuff - I liked the story and how it was written a lot, but some of the other stuff needs some thinking about. I can see where it was going though. ...more
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Brian Michael Stableford is a British science fiction writer who has published more than 70 novels. His earlier books were published under the name Brian M. Stableford, but more recent ones have dropped the middle initial and appeared under the name Brian Stableford. He has also used the pseudonym Brian Craig for a couple of very early works, and again for a few more recent works. The pseudonym de ...more

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