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Accelerando - Journal of Omnifarious

Nov. 18th, 2007

12:23 am - Accelerando

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I've been reading Accelerando, though I bought my copy from Amazon instead of reading the online version. :-) Partly this is because this book is an important part of corporate culture at the small startup I'm now working at.

It is a very strange book. I've read bits and pieces of it before as short stories. It's very disconnected and random in some ways, but the whole book definitely does hold together as a recognizable whole. Sort of like The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

The thing that really drives you to read the book is the number of new ideas per page. This book is about the densest ride through current thoughts about the idea of The Singularity that I've ever encountered. Additionally there are many clever plot points that work because of some idea based on information technology that doesn't yet exist but is a completely believable extrapolation.

My favorite plot point is when Manfred Macx helps his post-human daughter escape the clutches of her controlling and traditionalist mother by helping her sell herself into slavery to a corporation held in a trust fund that has her as the beneficiary. A feat made possible by the ability to rapidly search and analyze the laws of many jurisdictions looking for ones that have both slavery and corporations.

One interesting feature of this novel is how the various characters (many of whom are sophisticated sentient idea constructs of various sorts) use the laws and the legal system as weapons in favor of swords and shields.

I haven't finished it yet, but I can see where it's going. It's going to be an interesting read.

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