Monday, March 5, 2007

Permanence - Karl Schroeder

A fairly straightforward space adventure. A girl from a small backwater joint escapes from her brother who basically wants to sell her into servitude.

While on the lam she stumbles across a rare alien spaceship, and meets up with a relative on another planet.

A mission to get to the ship and claim it turns into struggle and conflict between different political groups.

Schroeder satirises the rabid corporate copyright/drm/activation software mentality here by having one group actually live their whole lives like this, with their basic 'inscape' view of reality showing objects by their costs and rightsholding, so a rose would show it was worth 24.23 rather than look like a rose.

3 out of 5

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