Singularity Sky

Singularity Sky

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In the twenty-first century man created the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence. It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known, while warning that time travel is forbidden, and transgressors will be eliminated.

Distant descendants of this ultra high-tech Earth live in parochial simplicity on the far-flung worlds of the New Republic. Their way of life is threatened by the arrival of an alien information plague known as the Festival. As forbidden technologies are literally dropped from the sky, suppressed political factions descend into revolutionary turmoil.

A battle fleet is sent from Earth to destroy the Festival, but Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and U.N. diplomat Rachel Mansour have been assigned rather different tasks. Their orders are to diffuse the crisis or to sabotage the New Republic's war-fleet, whatever the cost, before the Eschaton takes hostile action on a galactic scale.

Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9781841493343


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Jun 23, 2017

Post-singlurity? Check. Trans/Post humans? Check. God-like capricious AI? Check. Closed timelike curve? Yesterday. Inscrutable alien uploads? Check. Backwards near feudalistic society? Check.

Using his own works the best comparison would be to think of this as a kind of bastard child of Accelerando/Glass House and the Merchant Princes series. If you liked the former and not the latter you'll still really enjoy this book. If you enjoyed the latter and not the former this one might be too weird for you, like that one uncle who turns into a casual racist at family functions after a few drinks weird.

If you didn't like either of them, first off what's wrong with you, and secondly you might want to switch to a different genre of books or go with more vanilla authors.

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