Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wireless - Charles Stross

An extremely fine collection, with a 3.83 average. An interesting range of material both in length, going from vignette to long novella, and content, from humorous science fiction and fantasy to cold war paranoia and horror. Down on the Farm, being one of the Laundry stories is perhaps a combination of both.

It contains a story new to this book as the final entry, a twisty Time Police (Stasis Agent) scenario, but with a cosmological element, as well, to make it a little different. The object of this agency is to keep humans alive after the inevitable extinctions.

I'll still happily read anything he writes, and look forward to more. An excellent book.

Wireless : Missile Gap - Charles Stross
Wireless : Rogue Farm - Charles Stross
Wireless : A Colder War - Charles Stross
Wireless : Maxos - Charles Stross
Wireless : Down on the Farm - Charles Stross
Wireless : Unwirer - Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow
Wireless : Snowball's Chance - Charles Stross
Wireless : Trunk and Disorderly - Charles Stross
Wireless : Palimpsest - Charles Stross

Discworld detour detente dramatically different.

4 out of 5


Pastoral life breakdown.

3.5 out of 5


The US works on highly advanced nuclear weapons programs to stop something far worse that the Soviets have available : 'What exactly are these weapons systems?'' demands the third inquisitor, a quiet, hawk-faced man sitting on the left of the panel.

The shoggot'im, they're called: servitors. There are several kinds of advanced robotic systems made out of molecular components: they can change shape, restructure material at the atomic level -- '

3.5 out of 5


Interstellar spam.

3 out of 5


DSS = Deeply Scary Sorcerers. No chess at the Funny Farm please.

4 out of 5


Big network bypass fascist evidence breakthrough.


4.5 out of 5


Global warming Devil deal destruction wish banking.

4 out of 5


Dwarf mammoths are heavy. Supreme planetary overlords have bloody big houses. Multigendered metalflesh relations are jolly complex, old chap.

4 out of 5


Stasis self-inflicted senior self slaying separation self-Opposition.

4 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

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