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review Schismatrix 103 Û ❮Read❯ ➸ Schismatrix ➻ Author Bruce Sterling – Horticulturetrader.co.uk THE FUTURE OF MANKIND CAN TAKE ONE OF TWO DIRECTIONSThe Mechanists are ancient aristocrats their lives prosthetically extended with advanced technology The Shapers are genetically altered revolutionar THE FUTURE OF MANKIND CAN TAKE ONE OFIc training and artificial conditioningBoth factions are fighting to control the Schismatrix of humankindThe Shapers are losing the battle but Abelard Lindsay a failed and exiled Shaper diplomat isn't giving up Across the galaxy Lindsay moves. A very difficult book to get through And honestly not a well written because the book's ideas are all over the place and near impossible to figure out what is going on It took me almost the entire book to unravel the main premise was two cousins with different philosophies of life are out to get each other There is plenty of political manipulation and deception A couple of interesting ideas but far and few between

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From world to world building empires struggling for his cause but often fighting for his lifeHe is a rebel and a rogue a pirate and a politician a soldier and a scholar He can alter the direction of man's destiny if he can surviveSCHISMATRIX. I picked up this book because I couldn't remember it from the first time I had read it twenty years ago I needed a bathtub book one that I wouldn't mind if it fell in the water and I wanted to decide if I should keep it on my shelf or pass it on Within the first thirty pages I had dropped all my other books and was secretly heading off to my room to sneak in a few pagesI loved the way Sterling balanced almost overwhelming creativity with cool calm and precise prose I loved the way he balanced the inhuman stretch of time that the book covers almost 200 yhears with unexpected jumps forward in time which to kept the story fresh and new It must have been exhausting to write although it was a delight to read I understand why Sterling said he never wants to revisit this world and I guess I better get caught up on what he has been doing since this novel

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SchismatrixTHE FUTURE OF MANKIND CAN TAKE ONE OF TWO DIRECTIONSThe Mechanists are ancient aristocrats their lives prosthetically extended with advanced technology The Shapers are genetically altered revolutionaries their skills the result of psychotechn. The only other book I've read that comes at all close to kinship with this fascinating space epic is Stross's 2005 Accelerando which appears to have been influenced both indirectly in form style and directly posthumanism lobters by Schismatrix which predates Accelerando by two decades In both cases there is at least one tongue lolling brain boiling oh wow SF concept worked into the story in every paragraph Such a high ratio of idea to story weighs a little heavy on the reading at times sometimes making ciphers out of secondary characters and making blatant macguffins out of interplanetary political conspiracies and intruige but it never veers too far into the superficial and Sterling occasionally lets his left brain cool down for stretches and allows some real depth and pathos to seep into his story before resuming the SF pyrotechnics There were occasionally whole stretches of the story that made only a passing amount of sense to me ie are they really transforming themselves into modified deep sea creatures and colonizing the subterranean oceans of Europa or did I miss something but such parts were still a deliriously pleasurable experienceConsidering how much of this book first published in 1985 still feels new and mind blowing and given the influence it has had in the genre these past two decades Swanwick Stross et al it is a must read for sf devotees