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2121: A Tale From the Next Century [Format Kindle]

Susan Greenfield

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In the near future, humanity has experienced a great schism. The larger part is ruled by instinct and pleasure: they are ageless, beautiful yet wholly dependent on technology designed by previous generations to sustain them. Having no social structure or self-consciousness to speak of, to the minority they are simply known as the Others.

But into this unmarked, timeless community walks Fred, the first visitor from a far-off land. His people are the N-Ps, governed by logic, revolted by the mindless, unfettered sollipsism of the Others. In all respects a model N-P, as Fred conducts his studies, he finds himself caught in an awkward relationship with his test subjects.

Fred begins to feel for the childlike members of the Dwelling he observes. Embracing their gaudy, hyperreal life of screens and implants, Fred begins to be changed himself, even as he begins to affect the minds of these Others in ways that may not be to their benefit.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Editeur : Head of Zeus (1 juillet 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well done Susan Greenfield! 5 novembre 2013
Par Andy K - Publié sur
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I no longer read science fiction. Science-fiction has become "scifi" a TV-like form of escape into a drug-like high of "sensawunda". In the 20th century, SF had something big to say. In the 2000s it occasionally added something to public dialog. But in the 2010s it seemed moribund and now in 2013 it seems a waste of tree.

Then, browsing through SF/Fantasy section of the local bookstore, this book caught my eye for one reason and one reason alone: it is by a nonfiction writer who is a neuroscientist, a leading theorist of cognitive sciences, and who published several of the most interesting books on cyber culture and on the philosophy of mind in the last century. In short, seeing a NOVEL by Susan Greenfield is like seeing motion picture film directed by a philosopher, or a boy band consisting of transgender people of mixed ethnic background.

There and then in the bookshop I read the entire first chapter, put the book down, and proceeded to spend the next month and a half thinking about what I had read again and again until I was forced to come back to the novel and read it all.

Because this novel represents a major contribution to the philosophy of philosophy itself: the novel is in a dialectic form, where Platonic ideas work through the sequence and consequence of ideas with gripping verisimilitude and simplicity.

No, this is not the fake thrill of pretending this could be the future. Yes, this is a smart, thoughtful contemporary comedy of manners and ideas, dealing with the largest ideas of human civilization in the most broad of lights.

If you are at all interested in the future of cyber culture and the fate of the Platonic worlds of ideas, then read this novel stat. It's too early to say if it is a classic, but it is certainly a major contribution to the field, meriting careful reading and reflection.

Well done Susan Greenfield!

PS - Reading this novel re-presents the Platonic ideal as an experiential reality. Platonism is the most successful curriculum in human history, lasting 13 centuries straight of teaching, independent research, and learning. We can all relate to the antithesis of the platonists in the novel, but the rare pleasure of experiencing the pure Platonic vision of the intelligible is one of the spiritual pleasures of this novel, which alone merits its widespread reading.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a fiction-writer 18 avril 2014
Par Dr JS Ross - Publié sur
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There are some interesting ideas, but I was SO glad when I got to the end. The characters are so flat. Stick to neuroscience and non-fiction writing!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A fiasco for science fiction and futurism 13 septembre 2013
Par Alex - Publié sur
The shallowest and blandest sci-fi book I have ever read. I didn't finish it though as it was literally rubbish. A waste of money, time and energy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Underrated 21 août 2013
Par Harald - Publié sur
I have read a lot of reviews of this book, with some even posing the question of whether this is the worst science-fiction book ever. It turns out that this was a great read! The story is set in the early 22nd century, and it is centered around several characters in two quite contrasting societies. While one society has embraced hedonism, spending all day in meaningless virtual realities, the other has adopted a thoroughly unemotional way of life, in which all actions must have significance, and in which every day is the same. Nevertheless, the two societies have much in common. Neither has an understanding of morality, and both are completely dependent on technology. Reading the book has challenged my own use of technology in my everyday life, leading me to question whether I should sell my iPads and my iPhone. It is not too surprising that many reviewers on the internet are very negative about the novel, as it is critical of the very technology that they are so fond of. If you want to be challenged, I suggest you read this book. Chacterisation is not amazing of course, but the setting is original and vivid, and it is an insighful critique of the way we have begun to live.
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