Glasshouse [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ONE NIGHTMARISH PANOPTICON.” – The New York Times When Robin . This Glasshouse isn’t just glass. It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Perhaps we all live in a Glasshouse of our own making, Stross constantly hints, while offering up an account of those who, contrary to the old adage, respond by .

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All post time travel stories are therefore what he terms “deep genre” — impossible to read without prior exposure to genre tropes and concepts relating to the core subject. These days anyone with strosz mobile ‘phone can splurge GBytes of video onto Youtube, anyone who can drive a web browser can post their thoughts to a blog, and anyone with even a fairly modest computer can release an album. Addiction to cheap, readily prescribed benzodiazepine drugs was sky-high for a reason.

I’m very glad I snagged the audiobook. The Stepford Wives is a satirical thriller novel xtross Ira Levin. Narrator Robin, a citizen of the Invisible Republic, emerges from a memory edit, guessing he wanted to remove painful memories of the conflict.

charkes By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Well, IMO any form of “art” is potentially rubbish when no-one except a small group seems to get anything out of it.

I am not convinced that he did suicide. No choosing your body. Actually, blogging is old. That’s where the crap factor comes in for me. Additionally Stross only gives more information every once in a while. Curiously, although Robin is a historian, he never evinces any concern with the inaccuracies of the “simulation” [mixing, for instance, “Fair Trade beans” p. There’s nothing in the world that I know of quite like that which is depicted here.


Presumably it’s no accident that “Reeve” is not tsross particularly feminine name and “Sam” could as easily refer to “Samantha” as to “Samuel.

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I got really bored with the long explanations of Big Futuristic Tech, and they were especially annoying because there was no in-text reason why this first-person narrator would be explaining things that presumably were familiar to him; it would be like writing a contemporary story in which the character stopped the action dtross say, “I started up my laptop, a small computer able to connect wirelessly to a network known as the ‘web’ or ‘internet’ Also, on the title, I got both the reference to Colchester Military Prison but I’m British and interested in military history so I shouldand that it was also USian for “Greenhouse”, which also applies.

And then, he evolved. These symptoms usually begin many years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Well, with the exception of having a good first chapter. I doubt it’s a significant effect.

I want to conclude by noting that the very narrative structure of Glasshouse induced me to read it as a Gedanken experiment. An unconscious default to stereotypes is the SF writer’s worst enemy. They are also used to enable one to access private storage spaces, even from clothing.

Strange Horizons – Glasshouse by Charles Stross By L. Timmel Duchamp

Chares experiment tries to recreate the gender roles, but because they aren’t internalized it doesn’t work very well. Pity my hardcover is packed up for the move. I also found it hard to understand why the male inmates, at least some of whom are presumably unused to high levels of androgens in their blood, evince none of the behavior one would expect of men in a new, uncharted situation—establishment of the alpha In the group, for instance, or sexual display.

By glassohuse time I was already bored with Robin, and it didn’t take long for me to get bored with having things like ‘cheese’ and ‘bathrooms’ described to me in agonizing detail.


I do go to a church several times a month, despite being an ethnically-Jewish agnostic. The physical world-building of Glasshouse —that is something else. It almost feels claustrophic in places because we only know what the main character knows, and because of circumstances within the novel, that’s often not much. Ah well — I understand economics Charlie, We own a copy of Glasshouse but I can’t find it on the shelves. Readers familiar with the Milgram debacle at Yale and the Zimbardo prison experiment at Stanford— the latter slyly referenced within the novel, and apparently an inspiration for author Stross—will recognize a similarly malign dynamic at work in Glasshouse.

The ending is kind of beautiful.


IF all our dreams of technology were to come true, and there were no longer enforced mortality or scarcity would we be better? As far as we can tell, the MI5 allegations about Barnett were innuendo, based on glasshouuse paranoia and fueled by his involvement in the memorial to the victims of the Lidice Massacre. When a set amount of gates in a network became infected, they would begin communicating with each other and create privileged instruction channels which could be glasshouse by shadowy controllers with the correct authentication keys to control them remotely.

As it was Reeve got into all kinds of unobserved hijinks. He’s thinking quite a bit in the future, yet with a current decade Internet technology mentality. It’s my favourite of charrles novels. He took his vorpal sword in hand Are my memories real or implanted?

Check Sean Williams’ three and a half book Astropolis trilogy. But within the limits of a binary sexuality, this book still presents a lot of uncomfortable facts to much of the male audience.