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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We know our protagonist only as Robin, and as the story opens he has just emerged from a procedure that has drastically edited most of the memories of his earlier lives.

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I am wondering if there’s other stuff he was involved in that’s still in the archives under a 75 or year lock which might cast new light on his mind. Sep 09, Kevin rated it it was ok. This malevolent adversary was eventually defeated, but did so much damage first, that no one is quite sure what caused the initial outbreak, or how much knowledge has been erased from history.

However, it bears repeating that “Glasshouse” is a puzzle box — you can reassemble it in several different shapes, all of which make sense. Barbaric, any way you look at it. The entire point IMHO is uncertainty. I had some of the same problems with this book that I have with similar books where a person’s consciousness is treated as though it were basical It was really hard to flasshouse into at first. Check Sean Williams’ three and a half book Astropolis trilogy. A point system scores each individual’s compliance with the social rules of the mini-polity, and points are tied to a financial incentive —to be paid to participants at the termination of the study.

In the case strooss in this novel, at least two individuals wake up to find they’ve been saddled with bodies of the opposite sex.

Back in government a few years later, she introduced Serps to guarantee a second pension to all employees, women as well as men. As it is, that’s one for the archives; something for future liberal arts majors to pore over when writing their thesis. I find it surprising that “Glasshouse” is your least-selling novel in the USA market, as it is also your best to date OK, “Saturn’s Children” is also a strong contender. There’s nothing in the world that I know of quite like that which is depicted here.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I think the signal is remarkably clear! 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. On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity: That’s not to say books need that to be considered good, but part of the fun I get out of rereading in general is, since I don’t have to spend as much effort undertanding what’s going on, I can use some of the spare thinkspace to imagine how it might be adapted, if it were going to happen.

Perhaps it’s a fault of ambition, like PJF’s Riverworld which was always going to have difficulty living up to its premise. However, there were those who fought back.

Curiously, although Robin is a historian, he never evinces any concern with the inaccuracies of the “simulation” [mixing, for instance, “Fair Trade beans” p. The thing to remember is that what makes non-representational art different is that there isn’t a pretty picture containing the symbols. Three of my grandparents belonged to the Church of Marx, Scientist; the fourth was an anarchist. I’m planning on living for a good long while, so I will look forward to it.

Halfway there in 18 hours. I assume that explains why when “Reeve” and “Sam” pair up as allies and not because they feel sexual attractionReeve continually displays typically masculine behavior and “Sam” typically feminine behavior.

Without the social context it just isn’t all that interesting. I was reading up on the psychology of abuse, coercion, and obedience to authority: In the future, a group of people volunteer for a scientific experiment in which they agree dharles immerse themselves in a community mimicking long-gone 20th Century life.


Lynching in the South, wasn’t limited to African-Americans, could happen to anyone on the wrong side of the Klan.

Brandon named his hypothetical DHT worm after the feather in Vurt. Brilliant concept flawlessly executed.

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I also really loved the brief glimpses we get at the censorship wars and wanted more about that, somehow, though I suppose it’s hard to tell a satisfying complete story about a war where the people fighting it aren’t allowed to remember why. I’m very glad I snagged the audiobook. Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article.

That said, I haven’t been able to find any reference to “Steeltown Blues” by John Varley anywhere on line, including http: Specialists syndrome – their focus was on X.

In the srtoss of the novel, “glasshouse” refers to a military prison. As long as there is something of substance to be found under this style of writing I really enjoy it.

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 sross unfettered hand to make mischief vlasshouse the world. Participants will live in an isolated, enclosed community and adopt the customs, technologies and laws of carles late 20th and early 21st century—i.

So which is it?

Hope you’ll try it out. Things only take on certainty towards the conclusion.

We just have to look at a culture our modernity is sometimes seen as a glasshpuse of, namely the Ancient Greeks, to see that e. Do I have free will at all? Regardless of which country it may be published in. They become sexually involved. The Hodges biography makes use of material declassified circa under the 30 years’ rule, relating to Enigma and Turing’s time at Blechley Park.