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On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity: the Glasshouse, a simulated pre-accelerated culture where participants are assigned anonymized identities.
But what looks like the perfect sanctuary turns into a trap, placing Robin at the mercy of the experimenters—and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche…. Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full-time.
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This malevolent adversary was eventually defeated, but did so much damage first, that no one is quite sure what caused the initial outbreak, or how much knowledge has been erased from history. In Glasshouse , a large-scale scientific experiment is set up to recreate the circumstances that led to the censorship wars —perhaps thereby uncovering the now forgotten reasons for the conflict. Participants will live in an isolated, enclosed community and adopt the customs, technologies and laws of the late 20th and early 21st century—i. The set-up is rife with opportunities for ironic commentary, and Stross takes full advantage of the potential for confusion and dismay when members of a future society confront the world we all know and love. The subjects in this experiment adapt quickly to the demands of their new settings, some with perhaps excessive enthusiasm.
Glasshouse is a science fiction novel by British author Charles Stross , first published in The novel is set in the twenty seventh century aboard a spacecraft adrift in interstellar space. Robin, the protagonist, has recently had his memory erased. Robin is given a new identity and body, specifically that of a woman named "Reeve". Major themes of this novel are identity, gender determinism, self-image and conformity. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a sequel to his novel Accelerando , although Stross has stated that the two novels are not obviously incompatible.
But it was a happy accident, in the end. Rewind to I'm still working on the last stories that went into "Accelerando", still unsure what comes next, and I think working on "The Clan Corporate". It's amazing how much fun the Sims are, once you chuck the suburban dream narrative out of the window and start getting into surreal architecture, shark pools, and walling your virtual victims up in dungeons. And then a book by one of my favourite SF writers is announced—a new title by John Varley.