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Recursion

Author:

Tony Ballantyne

Title:

Recursion

Category:

Science Fiction & Fantasy

PDF ebook size:

1391 kb

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1550 kb

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Rating:

4.2

ISBN10:

1405041390

ISBN13:

978-1405041393

Publisher:

Tor; Unabridged edition edition (July 16, 2004)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Science Fiction

Pages:

352

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Herb returns to the remote planet he has been furtively trying to build a city on, to find it a swarming nightmare of self-replicating machinery. Eva has taken desperate steps to escape the tedium of her pointless life ... only to end up in the super-intelligent clutches of a yellow mechanical digger. Constantine arrives at the remote part-idyllic, part-nightmare settlement of Stonebreak and - unsettlingly - begins to confront the truth of his own unreality. Meanwhile in the farthest reaches of outer space, the Enemy is plotting the final overthrow of the human race which created it.
Tantil
Lots of interesting ideas (self-replicating Von Neumann machines, artificial intelligences, psychotropic drugs creating multiple personalities) but the writing was uneven and I never fully cared about the characters - I kept reading more to see how the author explored his ideas.
bass
The beginning of one of the best Sci-Fi series, ever. I just finished Capacity and I finished Recursion before that. Not as good as the books that follow but if you want a full understanding, you must read it.
Vit
"Recursion," Tony Ballantyne's crisply told tripartite tale, is filled with interesting characters and ideas.

Each of the three takes place in a different era, with different characters, who are (of course) all connected somehow. And we finally learn at the end just how. The tales are segmented into five parts each, followed by the conclusion, with each part ending with a tease before a segment of the next story begins. (But don't jump ahead, please! You'll be missing certain connections if you do.)

In what the publisher's copywriter judges to be the "main" story (it's the only one described on the back cover anyhow) in 2210 Herb Kirkham tries to build a city on a distant planet, only to find that his self-replicating machines have run amok. Worse, agent Robert Johnston of something called the Environment Agency suddenly turns up, right on his spaceship actually (now how did he do that?!), and gives him the choice of cooperation or incarceration. Choosing cooperation (of course!) Herb and Robert banter their way along as they fight the Evil Domain--a horde of self-replicating machines who've devoured thousands of planets.

Story 2 takes place in 2051. In its first segment we meet Eva, a depressed suicidal low-salaried worker in a nanny-state version of the UK, who attempts to commit suicide and ends up in an asylum. What seems at first as though it's going to be the most conventional tale of the three--Eva makes three friends in the asylum; they plan an escape, and so forth--turns out to be perhaps the most startling and provocative. It certainly becomes the most philosophical. It has a greyer tone, quite distinct from the banter and spark of Story 1.

Finally, in Story 3, which takes place in 2119, we meet Constantine, corporate spy ("ghost") who has four personalities implanted within him called red, white, blue, and the most sinister grey. He is to meet with his corporate colleagues in the city of Stonebreak, Australia, designed by, yep, self-replicating machines. They must decide whether to go ahead with an important project that is being developed on Mars. This one is sinister, nebulous, confusing--like good spy stories always are. It comes complete with a suspicious character, Mary, who meets Constantine at the very beginning and tries to offer him information before she . . .

It does all come together at the end, in an ambiguous way. And the ambiguity isn't because this is, yes, the first of three ("Capacity" and "Divergence" are the other two--and all three tales have now been published). Actually, it's complete in itself. No. The ambiguity is all about whether the characters have made the right choices.

Well have they?
Yadon
This book is wonderfully imagined. It has some of the best developed AI writing I've ever seen.

If you're a Neal Asher fan you'll really appreciate this book.

I just finished it and ordered the next 2 books in the series.
Skiletus
A fast and sometimes fun read but way way WAY too clever. By the end I was all but lost and didn't care anymore anyway. I read this after reading Ballantyne's Dreaming London and Twisted Metal and Blood and Iron, all of which are far superior to this.
Lianeni
I should have stopped reading after the first page, when I encountered this: "Suddenly the cozy white leather and polished yellow wood lounge of his spaceship was not the safe cocoon he had grown used to over the past few months. Now they would be coming to prize him from this warm, cushioned shell to cast him shivering into the real world, all because he had made one tiny mistake."

No, the above is not a typo -- it actually reads "coming to prize him". And the writing doesn't get any better from there on out. This cringe-inducing prose could perhaps be overlooked if the book offered up new ideas, or even fresh (or at least exciting) takes on old ideas, but it does neither, instead spending 400+ pages recycling time-worn SF cliches about self-replicating machines, rogue AI, and humankind (of course) being a little too smart for its own good.

This is the sort of work that gives Science Fiction a bad name.


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