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Charles Stross


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
Have you already read it? How did you like it?


  • Mikkel Perltshared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    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 impression6 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot

  • Tianran Heshared an impression8 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me
    💡Learnt A Lot


  • Alexander Makarovhas quoted6 years ago
    If you ever have children, be careful to hold something back for yourself; because if you don't, when they throw it all in your face, you'll feel like dying. And when they're gone, you've got no way of patching things up.
  • Alexander Makarovhas quoted6 years ago
    Cheap immortagens, out-of-control personality adjuvants, and a new formal theory of uncertainty have knocked the bottom out of the insurance and underwriting industries.
  • Alexander Makarovhas quoted6 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.

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