Wireless

Wireless

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by Charles Stross
     
 

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The Hugo Award-winning author of such groundbreaking and innovative novels as Accelerando, Halting State, and Saturn's Children delivers a selection of speculative fiction brought together in one collection, showdcasing the limitless imagination of one of the twenty-first century's most daring visionaries.  See more details below

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The Hugo Award-winning author of such groundbreaking and innovative novels as Accelerando, Halting State, and Saturn's Children delivers a selection of speculative fiction brought together in one collection, showdcasing the limitless imagination of one of the twenty-first century's most daring visionaries.

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Publishers Weekly

Prolific novelist Stross pauses to collect short stories that have not (yet) been stitched up into his longer work. Stories that move the U.S.-U.S.S.R. conflict onto a massive disk in another galaxy (Locus Award-winner "Missile Gap"), offer a spam-filter solution to the Fermi paradox ("MAXOS") and suggest clever bargains with the devil in a newly frozen Scotland ("Snowball's Chance") demonstrate Stross's ability to crisscross genres, blending SF, fantasy, horror and espionage. He also pays homage to his literary forebears, combining Lovecraft and the Iran-Contra scandal ("The Colder War") and bringing in Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould as characters. Though individual pieces are well-done and deservedly popular, the collection has an overall sense of early drafts and reworkings of other pieces, as with "Trunk and Disorderly," a P.G. Wodehouse-on-Mars "test run" for 2008's Saturn's Children. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Reviews
Nine stories from the past decade showcase the author's hard-science, hi-tech comfort zone, but also his desire to push boundaries. Stross (The Revolution Business, 2009, etc.) leads with the substantial "Missile Gap," a Cold War-era alternate reality tale that brims with existential gloom-and-doom. So do the somewhat similar "A Colder War," which features splendidly terrifying, implacable aliens, and "Unwirer" (a collaboration with Cory Doctorow), which sketches a future America in which it's a crime to set up a wi-fi connection. Elsewhere, humor pushes to the fore. "Down on the Farm" brings back long-suffering protagonist Bob Howard for another installment in the author's established computational-magic series, and Stross even tries a fantasy Jeeves and Wooster pastiche (A for effort, B for execution, C- for humor). "Palimpsest," a highly compressed, previously unpublished novel about time travel and reality control, would have been more effective if it hadn't taken as its premise the central idea from Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity. Overall, stylistic limitations become apparent as the author reuses the same literary devices: cute subheadings, textual slide shows, paranoid bureaucracies, etc. Fans will want to check this out, but newcomers will be far better off with any one of Stross's vastly superior novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101081983
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
915,713
File size:
559 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Wireless 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The nine entries affirm the author's strong scientific and hi tech foundations that make his science fiction novels so fascinating. However, the contributions are uneven as some are really great while others feel more like a beta test for something grander and more complete. The super contributions include the excellent novella "Missile Gap" in which the Cold War is fought on a different platform; "Unwirer" future of America starts with unplugging as wireless connections are outlawed; "Down on the Farm" with Bob Howard (enuf said) and "Snowball's Chance" of hell in Scotland. Of special mention is "The Colder War" that focuses on the convergence of Lovecraft and the Iran-Contra. Although overall fun to read with more than half being excellent entries, WIRELESS as a whole does not compare to Mr. Stross' novels. Harriet Klausner
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