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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On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a pre-accelerated culture.

For one thing, it’s a Panopticona Benthamite tool of universal surveillance. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Oh, wait, that last one was definitely intended. There are lots of cool ideas to be had.

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Stay alert, and read on. And yet, references to money abound. This is largely pre-mobile device “Dark Ages” so everything important is in paper. Who, after all, can resist in-jokes? There’s just so much more stuff about ‘s than about 50’s, even the unencrypted part will vastly glasshouuse it. Because you’re one of the initiates who gets the in-jokes.

But every time he s The one where Robin wakes up after having a full memory wipe — which, for obvious reasons, he doesn’t remember — and comes to believe someone from his past is trying to kill him, and volunteers for an experiment re-creating twentieth-century life.

You might find that the old murals in some churches has a purpose of telling bible stories, but a huge amount of “classic” art is packed with symbolism for the cognisant to see and understand. Shaping the Future —a talk I gave on the social implications of Moore’s Law. In Stross’s future, the galaxy is really just a big routed network with people as very complex data packets. It’s set far into the same future as his wildly praised except by yours truly Accelerando. That one would’ve really been hard to write though, so I can hardly blame you.


It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Of course, that gives your contemporary artist a lovely escape clause: He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back. Please keep on keepin’ on.

Mar 13, ambyr rated it it was ok Shelves: He remembers very little of his past life and even less about why his former self subjected him to the procedure. The White Hotel Tolkien, J.

I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like them more than I actually have.

In the case depicted in this novel, at least two individuals wake up to find they’ve been saddled with bodies of the opposite sex. A friend at university had Bell’s Palsy; when the medical students found out, he had a stream of people coming up to him at the bar, and asking him to say “aaahhhh” so that they could watch his uvula behave asymmetrically.

I’ve got other things to do, deadlines even.

Glasshouse by Charles Stross

Slight error in one sentance, though: These are the ubiquitous point-to-point tsross which link everything from polities that are light-years apart to rooms in habitats to each other. So Random House published it but didn’t give it the push it deserved. One such polity is the Glasshouse, formerly a Houdini-proof panoptic prison.


Glasshouse is a science fiction novel by British author Charles Strossfirst published in Charlfs would recommend glashouse to everyone else. A neo-nazi doesn’t have to have a coherent explanation of how jews control the world to kill someone. He has a quietly confident opinion and it makes sense. One of the benefits of a terrible memory for details is that when you go back and read a book 6 years later, it’s almost like reading an entire new book. Not necessarily cause and effect, in that narrative, but I suspect it would be a very very different world if the Soviet Union’s Empire hadn’t collapsed and given the US elites unfettered hand to make mischief in the world.


I’d still be interested to know what happened to the characters and their descendants: Even if those axioms are in fact just conventions or postulates:. What if someone hasn’t done Very Bad Things but falsely remembers they have?

The plot, briefly, concerns a character named Robin, a ‘ortho-normal’ man who has recently undergone radical memory excision surgery. Are publisher’s contracts really that restrictive? However, this is not a derivative novel, the sum of the different influences make for a very original book which is mind blowing, thought provoking and even poignant at times.

Now, after a similar passage of years, writers like Stross, Iain M.