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When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn’t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him. It’s the twenty-seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees’ personalities and target historians. The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knew.

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Overview

When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn’t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him. It’s the twenty-seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees’ personalities and target historians. The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knew.

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, constructed to simulate a pre-accelerated culture. Participants are assigned anonymized identities: It looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run. But in this escape-proof environment, Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters—and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche...

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The censorship wars-during which the Curious Yellow virus devastated the network of wormhole gates connecting humanity across the cosmos-are finally over at the start of Hugo-winner Stross's brilliant new novel, set in the same far-future universe as 2005's Accelerando. Robin is one of millions who have had a mind wipe, to forget wartime memories that are too painful-or too dangerously inconvenient for someone else. To evade the enemies who don't think his mind wipe was enough, Robin volunteers to live in the experimental Glasshouse, a former prison for deranged war criminals that will recreate Earth's "dark ages" (c. 1950-2040). Entering the community as a female, Robin is initially appalled by life as a suburban housewife, then he realizes the other participants are all either retired spies or soldiers. Worse yet, fragments of old memories return-extremely dangerous in the Glasshouse, where the experimenters' intentions are as murky as Robin's grasp of his own identity. With nods to Kafka, James Tiptree and others, Stross's wry SF thriller satisfies on all levels, with memorable characters and enough brain-twisting extrapolation for five novels. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Demobilized after the latest civil war, Robin awakens in a clinic with most of his memories gone, a new identity, and an assassin on his trail. To hide from his pursuer, he joins an experimental community, the Glasshouse, to study life in an older culture-that of Earth in the final years of the 20th century. He attempts to settle in to his new world only to find that, even in a protected environment, he is not free from danger. Hugo Award winner Stross (Singularity Sky) takes an original and often playful approach to his visions of the future. He examines questions of identity, gender, and the human condition in the context of this sf thriller, which belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Far-future mind control, from British author Stross (Accelerando, 2005, etc.). By the 27th century, death need not be permanent: People routinely make backup copies of themselves; disease and old age can simply be edited out. Human civilization, scattered across the galaxy in diverse habitats connected via wormhole gates, is slowly recovering from a prolonged and brutal war against an insidious memory-deleting, mind-controlling cyberworm called Curious Yellow. Narrator Robin, a citizen of the Invisible Republic, emerges from a memory edit, guessing he wanted to remove painful memories of the conflict. He meets, and soon falls in love with, Kay-and realizes that somebody's trying to kill him-because of what he was? Or something his former self knew? His robot psychiatrist advises him to join a closed experimental community where he can safely recuperate. So, after his next routine backup, Robin wakes in the Glasshouse-in a female body. Robin, now Reeve, is part of a sociological experiment aimed at recapitulating a long-lost environment: Earth during the 1950s. Glasshouse residents, however, are expected to conform, and there are heavy penalties for deviants. Reeve agrees to marry big, unhappy, skeptical Sam, and tries to assimilate. But things are not what they seem. The Glasshouse is run by two notorious Curious Yellow collaborators, Major-Doctor Fiore and Bishop Yourdon. Meanwhile, Robin's memories begin to surface. He was a member of the combat Linebarger Cats and later became an agent-sent into the Glasshouse, memories suppressed to evade the censors, to find out what's really going on. A perfectly tuned combination of gravitas and glee (the literary/cultural references are a blast).Stross's enthralling blend of action, extrapolation and analysis delivers surprise after surprise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441014033
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He holds degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist. He is now a full-time writer.

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    Posted May 17, 2013

    A great book. Something I have been yearning for--a strong stor


    A great book. Something I have been yearning for--a strong story, unusual ideas, interesting people. An author worth grabbing on to. Thoughtful, thought provoking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Cerebral hard scifi

    Made me think. Introduces an interesting idea of immortality and existence in general. Really, really enjoyed it.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Thought provoking

    This book does what all good science fiction does. Makes you THINK! And to enjoy this book, you do have to think quite a bit while you're reading. It's not an easy read, but it is worth the work. If you consider how our modern lives are "in the cloud" (online backup, sync, sharing, social networking), we've already begun living our digital lives in this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    Great concept and solid delivery

    I didn't think I would enjoy this book, but it was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. Strong statements are made regarding proprietary file formats and how this will effect the future's view of us. The author leads you down the dark discovery of the hero's past. He questions if evil actions, even during war time, make one evil. And, if you don't remember these evil actions, are you still the same person? A good look into how memory and thought shape our lives with a strong plot with few holes.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    The Future Meets the Fifties

    This was a really fascinating book. Stross has managed to create a setting that looks back at 1950s to 1990s culture from the perspective of far-future humanity. That juxtaposition of world views makes for a rich set of conflicts, and the book really shines when those conflicts are the subject at hand. Intertwined with that is mixed a plot of the aftereffects of a viral-based information war actually set in that far-future humanity.

    The culture shock portions of the novel are by far the best. Characterization is wonderful, and there is lots of humor to be had in those crazy things historical humans used to do. The war stuff was not nearly as good.

    Unfortunately, that really hurts the end of the book, where the two plots twist together. You get the feeling Stross may have felt the same way, because the ending seems very rushed.

    4 of 5 stars.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    A real treat

    I'd never read anything by Charles Stross before rather randomly picking up this title in the bookstore and I'm really glad I did, because it was a real treat to read. It's very well-written. The universe/world in which its set is quite interesting, the plot is intrriguing and the characters are spot-on human and sometimes very funny! An overall excellent read -- I really enjoyed it.

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    Ripping far-future yarn!

    This was a real surprise to me ... I had not been exposed to Stross's work before, and wasn't sure what to expect when this was recommended to me by a friend.

    I would highly recommend this book on all counts. The plot is consistent and logical (set in the far future, after a war that has destroyed the populace's memories, but then acted out in a faux 20th cen world created by unknown agents, this is more than a little tough to pull off!), and stross does a really masterful job of balancing foreshadowing with keeping you informed enough to know what's going on.

    This is a tough book to classify too; i think it would appeal to a very broad audience. There's hard sci-fi, psychological intrigue, romance, suspense, and pretty much everything in-between. If you haven't read Stross yet, this is a great book to start with (and I can't wait to get my hands on some of his other stuff soon!).

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An incredible science fiction novel

    In the twenty-seventh century the Censorship Wars that released the destructive Curious Yellow virus destroying the wormhole gates that connected humanity throughout the universe has finally ended. However, though the cosmos wide civil war is over the impact on millions perhaps billions remain strong and will continue to affect everyone involved as t demobilizing the armed forces begins in earnest.--------------- Many like Robin wake up one day to realize that they have had their wartime activities erased from their memories. Robin assumes he had a mind wipe to forget the atrocities. However, he changes his mind when someone tries to kill him because he assumes that the enemy believes he retained certain war year memories that his unknown adversary wants permanently eradicated with his death. Needing time to clear his thoughts and remain safe, Robin enlists in the Glasshouse reenactment experiment to recreate Earth's darkest era, the mid to late twentieth and early to mid twenty-first centuries. Robin is cast as one of humanity¿s most scorned vocations, a suburban housewife. He begins to slowly grasp why someone wants him dead and that the Glasshouse converted prison that locked away mentally disturbed war criminals now hosts spies and soldiers not friendly to a suburban housewife starting to remember.---------------- This is an incredible science fiction that will receive plenty of accolades and make the short list as one of the top genre novels of the year. Robin is a fabulous protagonist struggling against a mysterious foe who seems always a step ahead of him in their cat and mouse encounters. The story line is action-packed but goes deep into the psyche of person using futuristic cultural anthropologic satire to jab at modern day concepts. Fans know Charles Stross is a superb author, but as good as ACCELERANDO and the Singularity tales are, GLASSHOUSE is his best work to date.------------ Harriet Klausner

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