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                    BOOK REVIEW -  STROSS, CHARLES – SINGULARITY SKY 2003 Penguin 

 

A complex and deservedly an award winning science fiction novel of extraordinary originality.  An extremely powerful alien force moves the various peoples of Earth out to the distant stars virtually overnight. Every race and culture seems to end up somewhere different. The novel is one of several in which the effects of this strange phenomena are felt later as the peoples and machines sent from the distant worlds come back to one another, having evolved in extraordinary ways over millennia. The story begins in a Balkanised Communist State where mobile phones suddenly rain down on the streets. Anyone who picks one up is invited by a voice on the other end to share his or her stories in return for great rewards. The State is infuriated by the free Capitalism and choice that throws its economy into chaos. The government decides to attack the spaceships approaching which seem to be responsible for this anarchy. An attack fleet is launched, and two spies go as part of the crew to try to stop them. The people behind the special agents know that the attack fleet is essentially doomed. They know what the enemy is.  On the main battle cruiser, the spies find their efforts to prevent war coming to nothing. The female spy sends out her sentient spy knickers to monitor activities and builds herself an escape ship with sophisticated nano-technology.  The fleet then encounters the defensive force known as The Bouncers, and mostly gets decimated.  The Bouncers are spaceship descendants of club and bar nightclub security officials, for the enemy is in fact a future mutation of The Edinburgh Fringe comedy Festival.  On the Balkanised World, which may or may not still be part of Earth, as we know it, the festival creatures send mimes and their own nanobots to make dreams, and some nightmares come true. However, the festival is temporary, and soon moves on. As it does so, its work begins to fall apart. The spies are captured and kicked out of the country, and end the story in love, and awaiting their next mission. Though it has shades of Iain Banks’s Culture novels the high concept of Singularity sky and its presentation are highly original and very entertaining. http://trashotron.com/agony/reviews/2003/stross-singularity_sky.htm

 

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