Vacuum Flowers (read online) ✓ Michael Swanwick



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  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 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 frontie

  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

  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 follow Re

  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 o

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    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 chara

  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

  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 or where the characters even are half the time As for the characters I'm seriously struggling to care about them Just when I think I understand what the story is about and where the plot is going random stuff happens that makes me all confused again Sadly I've reached the point where I just don't car

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    ‘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 she survives’Blurb from the 1989 Legend paperback editionThe basic pursuit scenario is eit

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    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

  10. says:

    Swanwick has constructed an impressive world in this book but he does it without acknowledging the reader's unfamiliarity From the very beginning it's written as if the audience is contemporary to this world; details are included to

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Alities colonized asteroids and a daring fugitive named Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark a high tech crimina. 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 political outrage tackling ideas of identitymost characters have severalgovermenta satire of nearly all goverment hypocrisy of human pastpresent and futurereality and the other essential messes of life Humor terrific charactersscary speculation on technology and full sense of wonder also the weirdest Wizard of OZ allusion I have ever read an extra point for including Kobo Abe in the great lost works of literature of Earthdon t askthere seems to be about hundred idea per page in this book Swanwick may be a match for his heroes Gene Wolfe and Pynchon if the rest of his oeuvre it eual to this book Also star trek s the borg and the matrix owe him royalties and an apology for simplifying his ideas with their hollywood morality The Numbers Game ride I ve Tall man riding. 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 The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory really this is indescribable a full on plunge into white hot imagination and political outrage tackling ideas of identitymost characters have severalgovermenta satire of nearly all goverment hypocrisy of human pastpresent and futurereality and the other essential messes of life Humor terrific charactersscary speculation on technology and full sense of wonder also the weirdest Wizard of OZ allusion I have ever The Big Golden Book of Poetry read an extra point for including Kobo Abe in the great lost works of literature of Earthdon t askthere seems to be about hundred idea per page in this book Swanwick may be a match for his heroes Gene Wolfe and Pynchon if the Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, royalties and an apology for simplifying his ideas with their hollywood morality

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L seeking refuge on Earth's orbiting settlements where all human evils blossom in the vacuum of spa. 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 she survives Blurb from the 1989 Legend paperback editionThe basic pursuit scenario is either that the protagonist is in search of something or someone the discovery of which is of vital importance to the outcome of the story or else the protagonist is the pursued and his or her capture or that of whatever he or she possesses is of vital importanceIn Vacuum Flowers the title refers both to the genetically engineered blue flowers which grow in vacuum on the surface of asteroids and to the many societies which have flowered in various exotic habitats within the Solar System the element sought is the persona of Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark Personas or personae are wetware programmes with which users can augment supplement or overlay their personality Persona bums such as Eucrasia Walsh are hired to test the personas before they go on the market but in this case Eucrasia liked her persona so much that she ran off with the original copy still in control of her mindThe Deutsche Nakasone Corporation want the persona back all costs while a rival bidder fronted by an avatar called Snow also gets in on the actRebel escapes again and again while in the meantime undergoing personality disorders because of the battle going on in her mind between the new Rebel personality and the repressed EucrasiaMeanwhile we discover that Earth has been subsumed by the Comprise a gestalt human cyborg organism comprised of billions of individual human units forming a single consciousnessThe Comprise have existed in an uneasy truce with the rest of Humanity since the time they attempted to absorb them into the cyborg collective As it transpired the Comprise cannot sustain communication with Earth over distances beyond the Moon s orbit and their attempts to create Comprise off shoots have failed so the Comprise are effectively confined to EarthRebel teams up with Wyeth a tetrad his mind divided into the four separate aspects of Warrior Leader Mystic and Clown and their journey attempting to evade both the assassins of Nakasone and the offers from Snow takes us on a fabulous journey through the Solar System in which Swanwick throws out inventive wonders marvels and biological impossibilities seemingly effortlesslyThey visit Deimos where for a brief time they are employed by People s Mars a socialist collective who are fanatically dedicated to their long term plan of terraforming the Red Planet and though a cheerless bunch are meticulously efficient and frugalThe fines from the mining of Deimos for instance are ejected into areosynchronous orbit to create a reflective cloud which focuses additional sunlight on the planetThe pace is relentless and Swanwick s style is so full of poetic if sometimes bewildering terms it becomes redolent of Burgess A Clockwork Orange or Hoban s Riddley Walker Wonders abound and there is a restless energy which permeates the book urging the reader and the heroine onThe central figure Rebel eventually comes to terms with the part of her which is Eucrasia and finally learns the nature of her own selfSwanwick is a very individual writer Although employing elements of cyberpunk and hard scientific premises he extrapolates some elements to the heights of the fantasticWhen Wyeth is contracted to oversee the transfer of tank slums and its population of workers to Deimos a habitat is created by the Comprise within a geodesic sphere based around a giant free floating orchid within whose branches the workers create small villages and communities The Comprise their exponentially heightened intelligence putting their science centuries beyond Man s have created a transit ring which essentially shifts space itself from one point to another and the entire sphere occupants orchid and all are packed up and put through and sent to MarsIt s also a love story since Wyeth who knew Eucrasia before she became Rebel it was Eucrasia who split Wyeth s head into four separate divisions falls in love with Eucrasia s new self and she with him despite her misgivingsAlthough fast paced and light hearted in tone there is a depth and a sophistication in the intricate background detail which raises this well above the norm The Family refuge on Earth's orbiting settlements where all human evils blossom in the vacuum of spa. 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 she survives Blurb from the 1989 Legend paperback editionThe basic pursuit scenario is either that the protagonist is in search of something or someone the discovery of which is of vital importance to the outcome of the story or else the protagonist is the pursued and his or her capture or that of whatever he or she possesses is of vital importanceIn Vacuum Flowers the title The First Partition of Poland refers both to the genetically engineered blue flowers which grow in vacuum on the surface of asteroids and to the many societies which have flowered in various exotic habitats within the Solar System the element sought is the persona of Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark Personas or personae are wetware programmes with which users can augment supplement or overlay their personality Persona bums such as Eucrasia Walsh are hired to test the personas before they go on the market but in this case Eucrasia liked her persona so much that she The Hero of Varay ran off with the original copy still in control of her mindThe Deutsche Nakasone Corporation want the persona back all costs while a Blackmailed By Daddy repressed EucrasiaMeanwhile we discover that Earth has been subsumed by the Comprise a gestalt human cyborg organism comprised of billions of individual human units forming a single consciousnessThe Comprise have existed in an uneasy truce with the उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] rest of Humanity since the time they attempted to absorb them into the cyborg collective As it transpired the Comprise cannot sustain communication with Earth over distances beyond the Moon s orbit and their attempts to create Comprise off shoots have failed so the Comprise are effectively confined to EarthRebel teams up with Wyeth a tetrad his mind divided into the four separate aspects of Warrior Leader Mystic and Clown and their journey attempting to evade both the assassins of Nakasone and the offers from Snow takes us on a fabulous journey through the Solar System in which Swanwick throws out inventive wonders marvels and biological impossibilities seemingly effortlesslyThey visit Deimos where for a brief time they are employed by People s Mars a socialist collective who are fanatically dedicated to their long term plan of terraforming the Red Planet and though a cheerless bunch are meticulously efficient and frugalThe fines from the mining of Deimos for instance are ejected into areosynchronous orbit to create a Cock Tales reflective cloud which focuses additional sunlight on the planetThe pace is Son of the Hero relentless and Swanwick s style is so full of poetic if sometimes bewildering terms it becomes The Alien Jigsaw redolent of Burgess A Clockwork Orange or Hoban s Riddley Walker Wonders abound and there is a Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning restless energy which permeates the book urging the The Illusion of Gods Presence reader and the heroine onThe central figure Rebel eventually comes to terms with the part of her which is Eucrasia and finally learns the nature of her own selfSwanwick is a very individual writer Although employing elements of cyberpunk and hard scientific premises he extrapolates some elements to the heights of the fantasticWhen Wyeth is contracted to oversee the transfer of tank slums and its population of workers to Deimos a habitat is created by the Comprise within a geodesic sphere based around a giant free floating orchid within whose branches the workers create small villages and communities The Comprise their exponentially heightened intelligence putting their science centuries beyond Man s have created a transit Folk Tales From The Soviet Union ring which essentially shifts space itself from one point to another and the entire sphere occupants orchid and all are packed up and put through and sent to MarsIt s also a love story since Wyeth who knew Eucrasia before she became Rebel it was Eucrasia who split Wyeth s head into four separate divisions falls in love with Eucrasia s new self and she with him despite her misgivingsAlthough fast paced and light hearted in tone there is a depth and a sophistication in the intricate background detail which Not The Hot Chick raises this well above the norm

summary Ì eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Michael Swanwick

Among the vanguard of today's boldest writers Michael Swanwick presents his world of plug in person. 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 follow Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark or is it Eucrasia on her adventures across a solar system populated by bizarre societies transformed by the inovation of wetware technology and the loss of earth to a hivemind decades before On the way we get to visit her world as she experiences much of it for the first time Great Grand Tour of the Solar System book chock full of ideas that scratched that itch for me after I finished The Ophiuchi Hotline and Schismatrix Plusif anyone knows of others books in the same vein let me know The Coquette and the Boarding School rights isn t too pleased and from there on in we follow Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark or is it Eucrasia on her adventures across a solar system populated by bizarre societies transformed by the inovation of wetware technology and the loss of earth to a hivemind decades before On the way we get to visit her world as she experiences much of it for the first time Great Grand Tour of the Solar System book chock full of ideas that scratched that itch for me after I finished The Ophiuchi Hotline and Schismatrix Plusif anyone knows of others books in the same vein let me know