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 for the most part, Glasshouse works both as an adventure story as well as a musing on social norms and their misuse. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Now, to re-read Golden Globe or Glasshouse? Works for some, but I think you have to be in that mind-set to begin with. With this book, Charles Stross has established himself as one of my favourite authors. And so the narrative helpfully gives readers a pleasurable taste of post-humanity’s privileges, thereby establishing a baseline for what the loss of such privileges will mean to the story’s narrator, Robin who becomes “Reeve” when he wakes up in the Glasshouse.

Of course, that gives your contemporary artist a lovely escape clause: While he received a pretty decent award for his work, there’s not a huge market for it, and he’s done nothing to create that market. The narrator never once offers us a sign that food, drink, recreational drugs, clothing, “privacy bowers,” rehab apartments, therapy, or even medical repairs or replacements cost money.

If you weren’t around back then, it’s hard to convey just how much of a “Wow!

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But is really original or just a rehash? Are publisher’s contracts really that restrictive? Unlike the A-gates, traffic through these is instantaneous and unfiltered, though they can be fitted with firewalls at a variety of strengths. October 26, at 3: They were the butt of sexist jokes, from Tory and Labour men alike, and stereotyped as only being interested in “women’s issues”.



Hardcoverpages. I Am Curious Yellow is not a porno, at least not more than many other s art movies.

And his technique in this book is to explicitly state in the first person how the character is feeling and thinking; I would rather more of the showing and less of the repeatedly telling.

The story is well-paced, and the premise is intriguing. If Alastair Reynolds wrote another book in which forgetting one’s own past drove the plot as much as it does in this book I’d probably go nuts, but here it works fine. Readers familiar with the Milgram debacle at Yale and the Zimbardo prison experiment at Stanford— the latter slyly referenced within the novel, and apparently an inspiration for author Stross—will recognize a similarly malign dynamic at work in Glasshouse.

We’ll see an openly gay person in the White House before we ever see an glasshousee of any race or gender. They could defend themselves against attack, build and direct weapons to selected targets, and netlink to any number of T-gates.

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Not detectable directly, indireactly or as an emergent phenomenon. Want to go light years in that direction? Bureaucracy can be so convenient for people wanting some plausible glashsouse, can’t it ;- Think of the Emergency in A Deepness in the Sky for a particularly vicious take.


My brain has to fight to stay awake when faced with yellowing pages and fading print. The idea is that who you are is not the face you wear but the collection of experiences and memories you possess.

In these conditions, the membrane that covers the lungs pleura is damaged by asbestos, but the lungs themselves are unharmed. Or are there non-compete clauses?

Reading them, Charlie recognizes that they are definitely his work. Both music and figurative art have had creators glasshose have created stuff that was considered absolutely awful at the time, but that I, a generation or few later, love. I see I need to find time to write a Common Misconceptions About Publishing piece titled “why haven’t you had a movie made from your book?

It’s his most consistently suspenseful, and his funniest.

The thing to remember is that what makes non-representational art different is that there isn’t a pretty picture containing the symbols. I didn’t know about the other meaning of Glasshouse either; the obvious one was apt enough that I didn’t look beyond it. Because of the ubiquity of access to A-gates in the world outside the game, I just could not believe that the characters were motivated by greed.

So I decided that perhaps Stross was playing a deep game, that perhaps all ten newbie inmates had been indoctrinated in such behavior before waking in the Glasshouse. High concept, particularly with the Well World which played with multiple tech levels way before Vernor Vinge got there.