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Thursday, September 14, 2023

The Cassini DivisionThe Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think the third book in The Fall Revolution was a bit more interesting than the first two, but maybe that's because it builds so NICELY on all the crazy, ranting, political thought of the previous. The obvious ones being capitalism, socialism, and several dozen others mesh like nuts in this post-mortality, post-singularity civilizations.

In this particular book, we're seeing through the eyes of communist anarchist hawks that protect their own but treat EVERYONE else with an iron fist, including the Jupiter post-singularity mass of super-intelligence. Add a re-opening of dialogue, reopening of wormhole tech and renewed contact with a long lost capitalist post-singularity civilization, and the conflict gets rather sweet.

This IS hard-SF with a particular bent in satirizing political and economic models, since these same people from our near future were the ones to become immortal, and this is just a natural progression of what would happen to us if we just... kept going. It's pretty cool and unexpectedly complex.

This kind of SF isn't that common anymore, and I'm really enjoying it.

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