Charles Stross

Accelerando

The book is a collection of nine short stories telling the tale of three generations of a highly dysfunctional family before, during, and after a technological singularity. It was originally written as a series of novelettes and novellas, all published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine in the period 2001 to 2004.
The first three stories follow the character of "venture altruist" Manfred Macx starting in the early 21st Century, the second three stories follow his daughter Amber, and the final three focus largely on her son Sirhan in the completely transformed world at the end of the century.
According to Stross, the initial inspiration for the stories was his experience working as a programmer for a high-growth company during the dot-com boom of the 1990s.
535 printed pages

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Impressions

    Mikkel Perltshared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🎯Worthwhile
    🚀Unputdownable

    Great read. Original and expansive in its ideas and scope, it stays grounded by staying focused on the family relations of the central characters. The only criticism is that the characters themselves take a bit of a backstage to the sweep of the story and can feel a little "thin", never really coming fully to life.

    b9636861956shared an impression3 years ago
    💀Spooky
    🙈Lost On Me
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile

    Tianran Heshared an impression5 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me
    💡Learnt A Lot

Quotes

    Alexander Makarovhas quoted3 years ago
    Communist Russia is the only government still running on Microsoft, the central planning apparat being convinced that, if you have to pay for software, it must be worth something.
    Tianran Hehas quoted5 years ago
    Meanwhile automated factories in Indonesia and Mexico have produced another quarter of a million motherboards with processors rated at more than ten petaflops – about an order of magnitude below the lower bound on the computational capacity of a human brain. Another fourteen months and the larger part of the cumulative conscious processing power of the human species will be arriving in silicon.
    rezunalexhas quoted8 years ago
    Roughly a third of his inventions are legal, a third are illegal, and the remainder are legal but will become illegal as soon as the legislatosaurus wakes up, smells the coffee, and panics.

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