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18 hours ago, LaveDisco said:

I’m half way through Qntm’s new collection and I think it’s fantastic. Such good ideas in such easy reading fashion. Thanks for the recommendations. 
 

For those looking for similar - once again I would recommend Greg Egan - he’s got a similar physics first approach, but it’s even harder scifi. 
 

Quarantine, and Computation City and super accessible and fantastic. 

Sounds great, I've added them to my reading list :hat:.

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I loved Qtnm's new collection. In fact I love his work so much that I bought my self physical copies of the new book and Antisemetics division. Just to have. I'd struggle to read them in paper form to be honest but I suspect in a small number of years he's going to be regarded as one of the greats. He's got that knack of doing wild dystopias with a modern context. Some really dark stuff.

 

I don't think he ever explains it in the two stories I've read about brain uploads but as it stands with no context "red washing" just sounds horrific.

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Oh, I didn’t know there was another one - I’d better get right on that!

 

Somehow I’m currently reading Count Zero again, for like the fifty-seventh time.

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On 04/01/2023 at 16:56, Flub said:

I loved Qtnm's new collection. In fact I love his work so much that I bought my self physical copies of the new book and Antisemetics division. Just to have. I'd struggle to read them in paper form to be honest but I suspect in a small number of years he's going to be regarded as one of the greats. He's got that knack of doing wild dystopias with a modern context. Some really dark stuff.

 

I don't think he ever explains it in the two stories I've read about brain uploads but as it stands with no context "red washing" just sounds horrific.


I hope you mean antimemetics division ? That sounds a very different book.

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9 minutes ago, theredstar said:


I hope you mean antimemetics division ? That sounds a very different book.

 

 

Oh wow. That would be a really dark timeline. Even for Qntm :)

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I've just started reading Nancy Kress's new book "Observer". It's about the theory that nothing exists until it's observed and apparently how that relates to living forver (53 pages in and they're starting to explain the basics).

 

Not sure where it's going but Nancy does tend to write good sci-fi

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On 23/01/2023 at 21:43, Flub said:

I've just started reading Nancy Kress's new book "Observer". It's about the theory that nothing exists until it's observed and apparently how that relates to living forver (53 pages in and they're starting to explain the basics).

 

Not sure where it's going but Nancy does tend to write good sci-fi

 

I've only ever read Beggars in Spain (which I enjoyed a great deal) - what other Kress books would you recommend?

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Just now, Talvalin said:

 

I've only ever read Beggars in Spain (which I enjoyed a great deal) - what other Kress books would you recommend?

 

Any of them really. Whichever takes your fancy.

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I've been reading this

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Recursion-Bestselling-Author-Exciting-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07LCSPGTN

 

Recursion by Blake Crouch. Basically a sci fi thriller about a scientist developing a way of recording memories. I wasn't too sold for maybe the first third of the book but once it kicks off it hooked me. I'm about three quarters of the way through now and I've just finished a session on my lunchbreak. All I want to do is carry on reading it.

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I think he’s a decent ideas person but is a really poor writer; suffers from the Stephen King/BBC drama series issue of struggling to write a decent ending. However, his books are real page-turners though, he’s a sci-fi Dan Brown. 

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Finished dark matter after I got home from work in one sitting (Part of it with Smokey sat on the Kindle singing at me). I enjoyed it. Probably not as much as Recursion though.

 

I'm going to read Observer by Nancy Kress next since I got massively distracted after I first had a go.

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I just finished Observer by Nancy Kress. Absolutely loved it. And very unusually for a hard sci-fi novel about upending our perceptions it ends on a positive note rather than chaos and ambiguity. Flub recommended.

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I started Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. Only a little way in so far but it doesn't take long to get going and it's so damn good I've already preordered the sequel out next month (Hopefully. I heard the poor lady was struggling).

 

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises – giant transforming robots that battle aliens beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that their female co-pilots are expected to serve as concubines and often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, her plan is to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But after miraculously surviving her first battle, Zetian sets her sights on a mightier goal. The time has come to stop more girls from being sacrificed.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B091QDF9R1

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I've just started reading A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. I'm only 50 pages in but it feels like I'm going to enjoy it a lot.

 

In a war of lies she seeks the truth . . .

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire’s interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn’t accidental – and she might be next.

Now Mahit must navigate the capital’s enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station.

As she sinks deeper into an alien culture that is all too seductive, Mahit engages in intrigues of her own. For she’s hiding an extraordinary technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.

 

It's already been doing some very interesting world building both culture and tech.

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