Book Spotlight–3/6/2011

Accelerando by Charles Stross

The Singularity is the Holy Grail of techno-geekdom—the turning point where technology becomes smarter than humanity and ushers in a future when societal, scientific and economic change is so fast we can’t even imagine what it’ll be like from our present perspective. Proponents of the Singularity use the term posthumanity a lot. But since it is by it’s very nature unknowable, most Science Fiction writers have written around or avoided the Singularity. Not so Stross. His novel Accelerando grabs this metatechnical bull by the horns and takes readers on the ride of their posthuman lives.

Accelerando follows the exploits three generations of the Macx family, beginning on the verge of the Singularity and extending into the far, far future, when humanity has given up physical existence for eternal life in information space. Now take my simple explanation and throw in a lot of informed technical talk and a multiplicity of ideas so original that each could sustain an entire novel in itself, and then you get an idea of Stross’s prowess as a writer. If you enjoy hard speculative Science Fiction, it doesn’t come any harder or more speculative than this.

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