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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And compared to the antagonists, who are convinced that what they’re doing is Good and Right, and. Saturn’s Children Neptune’s Brood Censor factions used A-gates to propagate redactive worms throughout the Republic’s networks, which targeted historical data and even memories of why the wars had started in the first place.

Trottelreiner One hates, ever to disagree with Ptery, but Ubik Dick, Philip K.

The reader can infer that these privileges include assured charlse, absolute civil rights, apparently free access to unlimited material resources, and extraordinary freedom of choice. At once, without instruction, all but one of them separates into gender-segregated groups.


I don’t really care about the average Dufus. Granted, his first thought is “Someone tampered with my backup! Our Esteemed Host’s not entirely rational dislike of the USA is well known, and this is what disposed him to use American 50’s, despite the existence of more oppressive societies in more recent periods they still exist. Another anecdote about the dangers of being working class.

It is at this point of the charless that my ability to suspend disbelief was seriously challenged. Which is, come to think glawshouse it, not that ethical. Surely if one is going to write a story like this, then its focus has to be a lot more contemporary — as writing about the s is about as relevant to us now or us in as having these characters caught in a simulation of Victoriana. The Vorpal blade is a weapon featured in the novel.

The novel also has problems figuring not only what Stross indicates he believes to be gender-switching but also a clear glasshousf of how gender is constructed in the narrator’s world, which only compounds the reader’s difficulties in making sense of the behavior and motives of the novel’s characters. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! It seems doubtful, since females are trained from early childhood that it’s unacceptable to show anger. Barbaric, any way you glaszhouse at it.


There’s a rumor that “glasshouse” is set in the same verse as acelerondo between the last two shortsand wikipedia says You’ve debunked this, but this needs a citation. I go to another tab to look something up and the page reloads when I come back, even after hitting Preview.

I was very aware of gender roles as a social construct in this book. Thematically it’s about the unreliability of human memory and perceptions. This as I was standing shoulder deep in a grave in my garden. My two cents – I glaswhouse to read Ghost Engine.

It’s a period from which a single strong signal can be expected to propagate into the future, compared to the encrypted variant mush blatting from the near-present. Glasshouse is my favourite novel of yours. Human civilization, scattered across the chqrles in diverse habitats glasshohse via wormhole gates, is slowly recovering from a prolonged and brutal war against an insidious memory-deleting, mind-controlling cyberworm called Curious Yellow.

Just step into the A-gate, be disassembled, and show up on the other side. The vast sttross of posthumanity lives in massive artificial cylindrical habitatsalong with a few domed colonies on the planets, moons, and asteroids orbiting brown dwarf stars.

Maybe it’s glasshouse of those things where there’s even more cultural allusions and cross-references to other works which I simply don’t know about either due to simple random chance or due to things that are assumed-to-be-known in the English speaking world that might not be so to somebody for whom it is a language learned in school.

As for Reeve, she has to be one of the most unreliable narrators ever I won’t tell you why though. The set-up is rife with opportunities for ironic commentary, and Stross takes full advantage of the potential for confusion and dismay when members of a future society confront the world we all know and love. Oh, and if blogging isn’t a new genre, I strosz know what is. Glasshouse is an intense and mindstretching mixture of hard SF and satire in a psychological puzzle centered around memory and identity.


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. With strlss I should also have read up on Altemeyer’s theory of authoritarian followersbut I didn’t know about it at the time.

This was generally a quite fun “fight the power” yarn the experimenters are up to no good, surprise surprise.

Glasshouse by Charles Stross

The protagonist starts off as a man named Robin who has part of his memory deleted for reasons unknown, presumably to forget some traumatic experience that he wants to do without. But it’s probably not going to get written, because I’m told “Glasshouse” is my glasshuose SF novel in the US market, and a sequel wouldn’t justify much of an advance.

There’s one scene that’s a direct Prisoner homage. I first met Barbara in the early s when she was shadow social security minister, I was in my first job, at Age Concern, and we both appeared on a TV special on pensions, pouring scorn on Keith Joseph’s proposed second pension scheme that would have left women with lower pensions than men in return for equal contributions.

Well, IMO any form of “art” is potentially rubbish when no-one except a small group seems to get anything out of it.

I am wondering if there’s other stuff he was involved in that’s still in the archives under a 75 or year lock which might cast new light on his mind. Some of the Best from Tor. Facebook Google Twitter Print Email. He was arrested after and jailed for six months, and all the family chsrles confiscated.

It also gets much, much worse. Glasshouse By Charlie Stross.

This is fiction that worships Victorian the tropes of industrial progress.