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I gave it fifty pages, and every single one was an effort. Vinge is, as ever, too clever for his own good.

Rainbows End

The way into the caper involves the concept of “hijacking. There are a couple of catches. The book was largely intrigue, the politicians trying to get control over the biosciences labs in San Diego. I found the story to be mostly a bunch of old, fading men tryi The author manages a rich, imaginative, and fairly believable world of tech.

When people first start mastering wearables and their associated contacts they often have to type in the air with their fingers on a phantom keyboard, made visible to the user thanks to their contacts, but as a user becomes more proficient they become able to access computer resources by much more subtle gestures, including particular facial and eye movements.

In some ways this a cautionary tale of what can happen if we are always blurring the line between reality and fantasy virtuality.

A good novel should have good writing, it can be held together by concept alone. I’m honestly not sure whether there’s any reason for the book to exist The man-on-the-ground may actually have been a sentient artificial intelligences–that aspect of the book was never resolved. Mar 24, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: Robert lives with his son and daughter-in-law; they are both Marines working for Homeland Security and are trying to track down the hacker-terrorist s.

This allows Vinge to explain a lot of things to us via Robert, but because the story is intercut with a number of POVs he also does my favorite kind of speculative writing, forcing the reader to understand everything in context. Best of all, “belief circles” are fandom all growed up — they fight for the right to theme public buildings, engage in massive-scale RPG-style interaction, and even create their own characters and storylines for fractions of pennies which are automatically sent to the copyright-holders, be still my fair-use-loving heart!


But when this book came across my transom, I could not resist breaking my own rules for it. I’m trying to see things from the perspective of the Rainbows End enthusiast, i.

Al Final Del Arcoiris by Vinge, Vernor

No one even really knows who he is. Open Preview See a Problem? I would love to see more novels or short stories in this setting. And there’s a big vrenor to destructively digitize the libraries of the world I loved Gibson’s Neuromancer and I liked Stephenson’s Snow Crash finnal, and this is basically the same thing for ginge current generation except it leans a little more towards the techno-thriller side, like Michael Crichton if he were actually a good writer and knew more about his subject than what he’d just dug up via research.

Other books in this series. But I found it preposterous that his characters could be doing so many things at once with their wearable computers without being completely catatonic. The worldbuilding here is fascinating, which makes it a pity that the plot is pedestrian and the characters wooden.

Mar 03, Lars Dradrach rated it really liked it Shelves: Burn Out Sean Ryan. I especially liked how our viewpoint character was a man who, successful to the point of arrogance in his own read: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Al Final del Arco Iris.

Living with his sons family, he has no choice but to learn how to cope with a new information age in which the virtual and the real are a seamless continuum, layers of reality built on digital views seen by a single person or millions, depending on your choice.

But it still feels oddly out-of-balance Mar 16, Ben Babcock rated it it was ok Shelves: Book ratings by Goodreads. Is technology outpacing our ability to guide its usage? This allows them to both compute through body movements instead of keyboards though a keyboard interface is available for older people and to view the world exactly as they want I still hear teachers genuinely state that Wikipedia is not a real source “because it can be edited.

Vinge has been thinking about computer programming for most of his life. Don’t try to message back, Dr.

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The takeover by the Axis powers affects everything in the occupied regions of America including speech patterns, religion, style, and sometimes even thought. It has been banned by Germany but is, for the time being, tolerated by Japan.


When I think of ‘science fiction’, Isaac Asimov comes to mind; perhaps a rather fossilised idea, but because of at least arcoirix or two that I had tried to read of Asimov many many years ago, I never delved into scifi much more than that.

I first heard about it on the Accelerating Future blog where Vinge is somewhat revered. Want to Read saving….

Access to online information and computational power is available in seconds. In Rainbows EndVernor Vinge capitalizes on a lot of upcoming technology that is quite hot today but, when this was published seven years ago, made him slightly ahead of the curve.

Friday, June 7, Book Review: Some of the story was really relevant to my work in the academic library world, and the story of all the books being destroyed in the UCSD Geisel Library didn’t seem like very far future to me, especially with the premise that they w Before I wrote my review, I listened to Luke Burrage’s review on SFBRPand the recent podcast discussion of it on SFF Audio.

But at the time who was to know? Aug 25, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: The setting could have supported a good story, but this wasn’t it. And so it turns out the book is largely about people trying to discover the significance of their own actions.

I found the story to be mostly a bunch of old, fading men trying to be unpleasant and manipulative to each other in conversation. But the consensus reality of the digital world is available only if, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you know how to wear your wireless accessthrough nodes designed into smart clothesand to see the digital contextthrough smart contact lenses It had adventure, close shaves, and conflict with a uthority.

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