A darker vision of the post-singularity: The Quantum Thief trilogy

I just finished reading Hannu Rajaniemi's Quantum Thief trilogy: 'The Quantum Thief', 'The Fractal Prince', and 'The Causal Angel'.  (The official name of the trilogy is the Jean le Flambeur series, named after one of the chief protagonists, but everyone seems to call it the Quantum Thief trilogy instead.) Most visions of society after the singularity … Continue reading A darker vision of the post-singularity: The Quantum Thief trilogy

Greg Egan’s Amalgam is close to the most likely interstellar civilization

The other day, I did a post engaging in speculation on, assuming we don't discover a completely new physics, what I thought an interstellar civilization might look like.  In summary: Given special relativity, travel faster than the speed of light is impossible.  This has been verified by innumerable experiments, and nothing in nature has been observed to … Continue reading Greg Egan’s Amalgam is close to the most likely interstellar civilization

Neptune’s Brood, a review

This is a review of Charlie Stross's science fiction novel, 'Neptune's Brood'.  It's a sequel of sorts to another book of his that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, 'Saturn's Children'. Both of these books envisage a post-human robotic civilization.  (In both books, the robots have very human like personas, having been modeled after … Continue reading Neptune’s Brood, a review