Glasshouse [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ONE NIGHTMARISH PANOPTICON.” – The New York Times When Robin . This Glasshouse isn’t just glass. It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Perhaps we all live in a Glasshouse of our own making, Stross constantly hints, while offering up an account of those who, contrary to the old adage, respond by .

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But it came up first, and no one objected, so off they went. Google health effects of PVC to find out just how bad an idea this was. Do others remember that the simulated era was supposed to fast forward through eras, only starting in the s? But I reread a lot of books, and while I might play this game with many of them, I think this could be one of the easier ones to do that way.

Or was it at a molecular gastro-pub? But they weren’t useful as scientists or source of information, and oh yeah, Jewish. This is, admittedly based on whether the backup was done on most days, a monday or the first monday of the month, and the time-standard for current second in this light-cone is the Unix Epoch but what else was available? Charles Stross explored a lot of thought-provoking concepts over the course of this lightening-fast-paced narrative and I found myself thinking frequently about the future of technology and its potential impacts on society.

That’s not to say books need that to be considered good, but part of the fun I get out of rereading in general is, since I don’t have to spend as much effort undertanding what’s going on, I can use some of the spare thinkspace to imagine how it might be adapted, if it were going to happen.

Whoever claims the authority to define the boundary between health and disease claims. Also add the McCarthy era Red-Scare blacklisting, ruining thousands of lives and reputations. As John Clute put it, it has been impossible to write a naive time travel story since about ; that is, a time travel story in which the author can’t reasonably expect the reader to be familiar with H.

And even after reading the crib-sheet above, I don’t understand it.


They are also used by the posthuman populace to create “backups” of themselves, redesign their physical bodies to whatever parameters they wish, long-distance travel between far-flung polities, and for medical purposes, making them, if they wish to be, virtually immortal. Glasshouse by Charles Stross. American conservatives have always been fond of formerly rich Cubans persecuted by Castro.


The experimental glasshouse turns out to be less a way of exploring the past than a means for controlling the future. But what about the other participants? I’d still be interested to know what happened to the characters and their descendants: Hope you’ll try it out.

Nov 25, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing. Works for some, glasshousse I think you have to be in that mind-set vlasshouse begin with. I expect things will devolve from here. View Full Version of PW. Although the narrative is in the first-person, the author nevertheless speaks directly to the reader—over the narrator’s head, so to speak—when he puts lines like “Welcome to the Village” p.

Add me to the list of people whose favourite of your novels is Glasshouse and who would love to see the sequel.

Where does that leave Glasshouse? The plot was kinda standard mystery but everything else was really new. Collapse of the Eastern Block as a cohesive political power, glashsouse the subsequent progressive consolidation of the political and economic power of the elites.

Somehow Stross sidesteps all these problems and manages to stay grounded even as his characters swap genders, die and are resurrected, and question their own identities.

Maybe I’m missing something; could you be more explicit about what you thought were the good points? This keeps his extraordinary SF concepts and the plot just on the edge of comprehension most of the time.

I’m really impressed with Glasshouse and I’m looking forward to finding more books with similar qualities.

This is one of the reasons I am a republican. It’s amazing how much fun the Sims are, once you chuck the suburban dream narrative out of glasshousee window and start getting into surreal architecture, shark pools, and walling your virtual victims up in dungeons.

That brain-fogging experience suckedand took a long time to get over. This was the most intriguing new science fiction book I’ve read in a long time.

The ruling class [however defined] effectively chooses the monarch or more often dispenses with the services of one whose activities have become politically unacceptable James II [VII of Scotland] and Edward VIII being the most recent. Thomas Aikenhead 8th January Certainly some tech expositions still go over my head but they never impede the storytelling.


Also I gathered the 50s setting used within the Glasshouse, by those running the experiment, was based on edited history of the period maybe along with some intentional warping and the strosss stereotype of it–which is still too common, need I say that the show “Happy Days” is a myth?

I think the Scots were a little slower – burning a “witch” as recently as? At the moment here in the UK the Conservative Right wing of all political persuasions clearly long for the Good Old Days of Their Parents and Grandparents when the lower orders had Proper Respect For Their Betters and a substantial minority of the Political Class really do believe that things would be so much better if we returned to Traditional Family Values of the.

Curiously, although Robin is a historian, he never evinces any concern with the inaccuracies of the “simulation” [mixing, for instance, “Fair Trade beans” p. Robin is one of millions who have had a mind wipe, to forget wartime memories that are too painful—or too dangerously inconvenient for glxsshouse else.

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Most glasshoue from this period has been lost, not merely because of the era’s faulty digital storage techniques, but also as the result of a conflict called the Censorship Wars. Actually, as I’ve said before, Britain is a republic with an hereditary head-of-state.

I’d seen trade paper editions of the whole trilogy when they came out, and bought the first, intending to buy the rest later, but never saw them again. So you may take it as read that I do not intend to behave unprofessionally, even if my Muse has other ideas.

Glasshokse Glasshouse is a future where American conservatives won and imposed they vision on everyone. Gendered behavior is often a mix of training and biology, though it seems likely that much of it is produced through constant, largely unconscious performance that is self-reinforcing. It’s unclear why these people, who shift bodies and species at the drop of a hat, have firm senses of gender identity or any conception of gender roles.