Accelerando (Anglais) Poche – 27 juin 2006
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“Stross sizzles with ideas…whimsical and funny as well as challenging and thoughtful.”—The Denver Post
“Like Bruce Sterling or William Gibson at their best, Stross surfs a wave of ideas and information that seems always on the brink of collapsing into incomprehensibility, but never does—a careening plunge through strangeness in which every page contains something to mess with your head.”—SF Site
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Struggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter, Amber, on the run from her domineering mother, seeking her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber’s son, who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanity.
For something is systematically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system. Something beyond human comprehension. Something that has no use for biological life in any form...
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C'est du tout bon, juste un tout petit peu lourd dans quelques passages, mais tout se tient, et on en a pour son argent :
on a de la voile solaire, de l'univers virtuel, de la nanotechnologie, de l'intelligence artificielle, des artefacts extraterrestres,
des extraterrestres, des protagonistes crédibles, une narration maîtrisée.
Stross se hisse ici au niveau d'un Vernor Vinge, Neal Stephenson ou Greg Egan.
A ne pas rater.
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Iron Sunrise was by far the best book of the series. Its plot line and characters were intriguing, and it hinted that some race (the Remastered or perhaps their "gods") was able to hide events from the Eschaton and maybe even threaten or destroy them. This turned out to be a major, dangling plot thread that was never addressed in Accelerando. The lack of follow-up was very disappointing.
So Accelerando is the back-story for books 1 and 2. Pre and post singularity events play out, starting on Earth and spreading out vastly, that presumably lead to the rise of the Eschaton. But that eventuality is only very loosely implied by the ending, and the Eschaton is never actually encountered in book 3.
The story spans several generations of a 'family' from just before the singularity until well past it. As with all Charles Stross books, the tone is cheeky, irreverent, and slightly manic, all of which produces a very engrossing read that makes this book hard to put down. And some of the ideas espoused in this book, especially what lies ahead in the post-singularity world, represent by far the strangest and most entertaining fiction I have read in a long time.
Although this may be an odd comparison, I felt that this book did for transhuman/posthuman genre what Neuromancer by William Gibson did for the cyberpunk genre- both built a well defined new world in which to tell weird tales and set the benchmark against which all other novels in their respective genre must measure themselves.
The idea of the singularity in human history fascinates me, so I may even try another of Stross' books.
Unfortunately, the last two thirds of the book followed a disjointed Schismatrix pattern without maintaining verisimilitude of the future. Without offering spoilers, turns of phrase common today were used far in the future by people with no real reason to find that phrase culturally contemporary at any point in their lives. (Ouch, I tortured the language to avoid revealing too much.)
I forced myself through the rest of the book, hoping for Act 3 to pick up significantly, only to have an extraordinarily weak payoff in the end. The only way to have a more disappointing ending would be for it to be purely solipsistic.
I'd advise buying a used copy and enjoying as much of it as you can. If you pupated in the Internet world of Ultrix/BSD/Linux/SunOS and Usenet back in the day, you'll have a lot of positive chuckles and not a little bit of future envy.