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Alities colonized asteroids and a daring fugitive named Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark a high tech crimina What a ride I ve read a smattering of short storiesof note the absolutely menacing The Very Pulse of the Machineso unsettling by Swanwick which people claim are his strength but that seems dismissive of his novelsand on completing my first oneI think he might be dynamite novelist one of our best Called cyberpunk or space opera but really this is indescribable a full on plunge into white hot imagination and political outrage tackling ideas of identitymost characters have severalgovermenta satire of nearly all goverment hypocrisy of human pastpresent and futurereality and the other essential messes of life Humor terrific charactersscary speculation on technology and full sense of wonder also the weirdest Wizard of OZ allusion I have ever read an extra point for including Kobo Abe in the great lost works of literature of Earthdon t askthere seems to be about hundred idea per page in this book Swanwick may be a match for his heroes Gene Wolfe and Pynchon if the rest of his oeuvre it eual to this book Also star trek s the borg and the matrix owe him royalties and an apology for simplifying his ideas with their hollywood morality

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L seeking refuge on Earth's orbiting settlements where all human evils blossom in the vacuum of spa I give up DNF at 50% The world building is just so chaotic that I don t really know how anything works or why or where the characters even are half the time As for the characters I m seriously struggling to care about them Just when I think I understand what the story is about and where the plot is going random stuff happens that makes me all confused again Sadly I ve reached the point where I just don t care any Time to move on


10 thoughts on “Vacuum Flowers

  1. says:

    Vacuum Flowers is a grand tour of the inhabited Solar System set in a medium term future The book opens in Eros Kluster one of many asteroid based settlements that form the bulk of Human space after all of humanity on Earth was absorbed into the Comprise a world wide AI and net mediated group mind The Klusters are frontier capitalist polities or less with advanced biotech and neuro engineering most people spend their w

  2. says:

    Swanwick has been an amazing writer for a very long time I've just reread this after 15 years or so and it's just as fresh as the day it was written It seems wrong to describe it as cyberpunk as it's got so much creativity insight and breadth than pretty much anything else in that genre It reminds me of Samuel R Delaney's work than William Gibson'sOn the other hand it does all kind of hang on the classic SF trope of the person w

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    A Persona Bum decides she likes the new personality she just uploaded to her brain so much that she decides to keep it Unfortunately the corporation that owns the rights isn't too pleased and from there on in we follow Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark or is it Eucrasia on her adventures across a solar system populated by bizarre societies transformed by the inovation of wetware technology and the loss of earth to a hivemind decades before On the wa

  4. says:

    What a ride I've read a smattering of short storiesof note the absolutely menacing The Very Pulse of the Machineso unsettling by Swanwick which people claim are his strength but that seems dismissive of his novelsand on co

  5. says:

    Dear Vacuum FlowersI will not miss reading your pages as far fetched right on and eco cyber futurist as they may be I guess if an abridged graphic novel version comes out I'd read that but you were a bit of a sl

  6. says:

    This book is so good I could have sworn it was written by a woman The lead female protag is very real and believable—she even manages to be sexual without being sexualized which can be a hard line for some authors to walkI was think

  7. says:

    I give up DNF at 50% The world building is just so chaotic that I don't really know how anything works or why or where the characters even are half the time As for the characters I'm seriously struggling to care about them Just when I think I understand what the story is about and where the plot is going random stuff happens that makes me all confused again Sadly I've reached the point where I just don't care any Time to move on

  8. says:

    ‘Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark is hot property The body she awakes in isn’t her own her mind is uniue; the agency owning her is deadly I

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    Earth is a hive mind police forces are press ganged criminals and aboriginal hunting parties can reside inside a single h

  10. says:

    Swanwick has constructed an impressive world in this book but he does it without acknowledging the reader's unfamiliarity From the very beginning it's written as if the audience is contemporary to this world; details are included to enhance the

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