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Among the vanguard of today's boldest writers Michael Swanwick presents his world of plug in person. Vacuum Flowers is a grand tour of the inhabited Solar System set in a medium term future The book opens in Eros Kluster one of many asteroid based settlements that form the bulk of Human space after all of humanity on Earth was absorbed into the Comprise a world wide AI and net mediated group mind The Klusters are frontier capitalist polities or less with advanced biotech and neuro engineering most people spend their workday wetware programmed by their employer a reversible process There is umm potential for abuse and Swanwick has fun exploring the conseuences of this technology For example a police raid wouldn t reuire many police temp deputies could be imprinted on the spotPeople s Mars an unappealing collectivist state based on classical Sparta is nonetheless making good progress terraforming Mars The cislunar settlements a no man s land between Humanity and the Comprise are the dark anarchic Mean Streets And the remote Dyson settlements in the Oort are bucolic biophile semi utopias offstage Swanwick notes that he tried to display a range of plausible governmental systems throughout the System all of them flawed the way that governments are in the real world Nicely done one of the highlights of Vacuum FlowersOh and the Flowers are pretty little plants engineered to live in the vacuum eat garbage that have become a weedy nuisance another nice touch Swanwick is surprisingly one of the few SF authors who ve borrowed Freeman Dyson s remarkable biotech space settlement ideas Dyson is an extraordinarily inventive and graceful scientist writer and I seldom miss a chance to recommend his books see my review of Dyson s The Sun the Genome and the Internet was Swanwick s second novel and first really successful one Despite some rough spots notably the cyberpunkish opening Vacuum Flowers remains an exemplary modern space opera one of the best in the extraordinary reinvention of my favorite subgenre during the past two decades I ve now read VF three times 1987 1993 2000 and I expect to enjoy it again in 2007 or so Highly recommended

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Alities colonized asteroids and a daring fugitive named Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark a high tech crimina. Dear Vacuum FlowersI will not miss reading your pages as far fetched right on and eco cyber futurist as they may be I guess if an abridged graphic novel version comes out I d read that but you were a bit of a slog for meSo why d I keep reading What i liked imagery futurist scene setting plot devices kick ass female lead except when not promiscuous female lead who faces few negative conseuences for casual hookups characters who move fluidly between socio economic strata what i didn t no sense of humor or one i don t share kick ass female lead who wasn t promiscuous female lead who faces few negative conseuences for casual hookups stereotypes instead of archetypesWorth reading for the going to the bank scene alone i ll remember it a long time

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L seeking refuge on Earth's orbiting settlements where all human evils blossom in the vacuum of spa. Earth is a hive mind police forces are press ganged criminals and aboriginal hunting parties can reside inside a single head These are a few of the uirks and inventions in this 80s sci fi Along with the conceptual creativity one of the best aspects is the seamless ecology of the asteroid worlds the gradations between their gravities and cultures It becomes a rich backdrop to the breakneck race for survival our heroine takes us on I felt a genuine claustrophobia disorientation at times which suited many of the circumstances conundrums Not to everyone s tastes and not always successful a tripped out commando raid several delirious speeches come to mind it still charges along at a fair old clip and will probably engage anyone into deep spacetime shenanigans So long as you don t mind the politics angle being left to writhe over future spires No neat geopolitical endings here It hits up against the wall of a lot of sci fi in terms of scant relevance to current times beyond the industrial politicial preoccupations but there s some semi lurid sex and a struggling relationship against the odds that allow the toes of the skittering story to ground themselves occasionally35

  • Paperback
  • 248
  • Vacuum Flowers
  • Michael Swanwick
  • English
  • 05 April 2018
  • 9780441858767

10 thoughts on “Vacuum Flowers

  1. says:

    Vacuum Flowers is a grand tour of the inhabited Solar System set in a medium term future The book opens in Eros Kluster one

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    A Persona Bum decides she likes the new personality she just uploaded to her brain so much that she decides to keep it Unfortunately the corporation that owns the rights isn't too pleased and from there on in we

  4. says:

    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 p

  5. says:

    Dear Vacuum FlowersI will not miss reading your pages as far fetched right on and eco cyber futurist as they may be I guess if an abridged graphic novel version comes out I'd read that but you were a bit of a slog for meSo why'd I keep reading? What i liked imagery futurist scene setting plot devices kick ass female lead except when not promi

  6. says:

    This book is so good I could have sworn it was written by a woman The lead female protag is very real and believable—she even manages to be sexual without being sexualized which can be a hard line for some authors to walkI was thinking how

  7. says:

    I give up DNF at 50% The world building is just so chaotic that I don't really know how anything works or why o

  8. says:

    ‘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 sh

  9. says:

    Earth is a hive mind police forces are press ganged criminals and aboriginal hunting parties can reside inside a single head These are a few of the uirks and inventions in this 80s sci fi Along with the conceptual creativity one of

  10. says:

    Swanwick has constructed an impressive world in this book but he does it without acknowledging the reader's unfami

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