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  • Vacuum Flowers
  • Michael Swanwick
  • English
  • 16 August 2018
  • 9780441858767

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Free read Vacuum Flowers review ↠ Vacuum Flowers á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Among the vanguard of today's boldest writers Michael Swanwick presents his world of plug in person. 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 who has had their memory blasted and so gets a guided tour of all the strange stuff with the reader following along It takes a long time to figure out where it s headed and while this is true of the POV of the protagonist lacking that sense of direction makes it less compelling somehowI d rate this above his recent and depressing and or surreal fantasy novels above his first novel In the Drift and behind his most amazing Stations of the TideIt s interesting looking back at his career as he s 62 when I write this and was 37 when he wrote this Right from the start he could out write almost anyone but that might be a sad and lonely and certainly not very well paying place in our world where Sturgeon s Law 90% of everything is crap and the corolary that most people are happy with crap operates He s a very smart man and his justifiedly though not necessarily enjoyable jaundiced view dominates much of his work He hasn t been fully ground down yet while writing this one at least

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Free read Vacuum Flowers review ↠ Vacuum Flowers á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook L seeking refuge on Earth's orbiting settlements where all human evils blossom in the vacuum of spa. 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 If she stays in the Medical Centre she has No FutureSo she does what anybody sane would do she escapesAnd in the sprawling mad civilisations of the future she s in for a very interesting time indeed If she survives Blurb from the 1989 Legend paperback editionThe basic pursuit scenario is either that the protagonist is in search of something or someone the discovery of which is of vital importance to the outcome of the story or else the protagonist is the pursued and his or her capture or that of whatever he or she possesses is of vital importanceIn Vacuum Flowers the title refers both to the genetically engineered blue flowers which grow in vacuum on the surface of asteroids and to the many societies which have flowered in various exotic habitats within the Solar System the element sought is the persona of Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark Personas or personae are wetware programmes with which users can augment supplement or overlay their personality Persona bums such as Eucrasia Walsh are hired to test the personas before they go on the market but in this case Eucrasia liked her persona so much that she ran off with the original copy still in control of her mindThe Deutsche Nakasone Corporation want the persona back all costs while a rival bidder fronted by an avatar called Snow also gets in on the actRebel escapes again and again while in the meantime undergoing personality disorders because of the battle going on in her mind between the new Rebel personality and the repressed EucrasiaMeanwhile we discover that Earth has been subsumed by the Comprise a gestalt human cyborg organism comprised of billions of individual human units forming a single consciousnessThe Comprise have existed in an uneasy truce with the rest of Humanity since the time they attempted to absorb them into the cyborg collective As it transpired the Comprise cannot sustain communication with Earth over distances beyond the Moon s orbit and their attempts to create Comprise off shoots have failed so the Comprise are effectively confined to EarthRebel teams up with Wyeth a tetrad his mind divided into the four separate aspects of Warrior Leader Mystic and Clown and their journey attempting to evade both the assassins of Nakasone and the offers from Snow takes us on a fabulous journey through the Solar System in which Swanwick throws out inventive wonders marvels and biological impossibilities seemingly effortlesslyThey visit Deimos where for a brief time they are employed by People s Mars a socialist collective who are fanatically dedicated to their long term plan of terraforming the Red Planet and though a cheerless bunch are meticulously efficient and frugalThe fines from the mining of Deimos for instance are ejected into areosynchronous orbit to create a reflective cloud which focuses additional sunlight on the planetThe pace is relentless and Swanwick s style is so full of poetic if sometimes bewildering terms it becomes redolent of Burgess A Clockwork Orange or Hoban s Riddley Walker Wonders abound and there is a restless energy which permeates the book urging the reader and the heroine onThe central figure Rebel eventually comes to terms with the part of her which is Eucrasia and finally learns the nature of her own selfSwanwick is a very individual writer Although employing elements of cyberpunk and hard scientific premises he extrapolates some elements to the heights of the fantasticWhen Wyeth is contracted to oversee the transfer of tank slums and its population of workers to Deimos a habitat is created by the Comprise within a geodesic sphere based around a giant free floating orchid within whose branches the workers create small villages and communities The Comprise their exponentially heightened intelligence putting their science centuries beyond Man s have created a transit ring which essentially shifts space itself from one point to another and the entire sphere occupants orchid and all are packed up and put through and sent to MarsIt s also a love story since Wyeth who knew Eucrasia before she became Rebel it was Eucrasia who split Wyeth s head into four separate divisions falls in love with Eucrasia s new self and she with him despite her misgivingsAlthough fast paced and light hearted in tone there is a depth and a sophistication in the intricate background detail which raises this well above the norm

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Free read Vacuum Flowers review ↠ Vacuum Flowers á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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