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  • Title: Recursion
  • Author: Tony Ballantyne
  • ISBN: 9780553589283
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is the twenty third century Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self replicating machinery Worse, the all seeing Environment Agency has been watching him the entire time His punishment A nearly hopeless battle in the farthest reaches of theIt is the twenty third century Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self replicating machinery Worse, the all seeing Environment Agency has been watching him the entire time His punishment A nearly hopeless battle in the farthest reaches of the universe against enemy machines twice as fast, and twice as deadly, as his own in the company of a disarmingly confident AI who may not be exactly what he claimsLittle does Herb know that this war of machines was set in motion nearly two hundred years ago by mankind itself For it was then that a not quite chance encounter brought a confused young girl and a nearly omnipotent AI together in one fateful moment that may have changed the course of humanity forever.
    Recursion It is the twenty third century Herb a young entrepreneur returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self r

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    1. My, what an interesting experiment this is Recursion takes a lot of unorthodox approaches to storytelling three initially disconnected narratives, no clear antagonist for most of the story, unreliable narrators left and rightere are a lot of ways this could have just fallen apart, and yet it doesn t The narratives are separated by hundreds of years worth of time, but they all connect in the end in a pretty satisfying fashion, and it s a really satisfying feeling, as you watch the pieces start to [...]

    2. Can t say that I was overly enchanted with this book Wasn t bad But it was really only the last 50 pages or so of 390 that was keeping me engrossed in the story Two in the series, but I m not sure I care enough to read them Needs 2 1 2 stars.

    3. IN A WORLD OF MANIPULATED REALITY, WHAT DOES IT TRULY MEAN TO BE HUMAN It is the twenty third century Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self replicating machinery Worse, the all seeing Environment Agency has been watching him the entire time His punishment A nearly hopeless battle in the farthest reaches of the universe against enemy machines twice as fast, and twice a [...]

    4. Recursion interweaves three stories set at different time periods in the future One s a woman in the near future who starts to feel that her life is being manipulated by outside forces not just the ones she knows about, involving an intrusive society who interferes with people s lives for their own good, but one people are growing to suspect that is not human at all Another is a secret agent a century later who is to help make a decision that could affect all of humanity although others want wha [...]

    5. There are three threads to Recursion, all being explorations of several connected and multi layered psyches at various points in the future First there is Herb Kirkham, a 23rd century man whose self replicating Von Neumann Machines have devoured an entire planet He thinks he s escaped the clutches of the all powerful Environment Agency until a dapper man by the name of Robert Johnston enters his life, and his spacecraft, and enlists him to clean up a much bigger mess out in space called the Enem [...]

    6. This was read to me by Michael over the course of than a year, mostly in the car Intermittentness is bad both for enjoyment understanding of a story when it is a very cleverly constructed mystery with layers and secrets and so forth I m sure it s much exciting when you can keep enough track of what s going on to guess at some of the mysteries , and for remembering what interesting thoughts one might have had about it when one is writing a review.There are some obvious drawbacks to the fact tha [...]

    7. A future history primarily focused on the interactions between humans and artificial intelligences AIs , but also has other themes such as choice versus responsibility It simultaneous tells the stories of three people from three time periods The suicidal Eva is trying to escape the health care system that caused her depression The corporate agent Constantine is trying to initiate a secret plan hidden from the AIs The rich scion Herb is drafted into service by the Environmental Agency to pay for [...]

    8. If you like world building literal world building, not just that thing that authors do for books then this title will fascinate you And you have to like AI, too Because this book is ALL about how artificial intelligence can may or can t won t create a tolerable to idyllic near future that may or may not be at the expense of a truly sustainable far distant future on Earth and elsewhere Oh, and even if the most sophisticated AI may or may not be allowing favoring supporting free will, it most like [...]

    9. California Vacation Read 1 The first of a disastrous selection of books brought with me for the trip The plan to select books for this vacation based on how long I d owned them and haven t yet gotten around to reading them was a terrible idea Never Do this Again.In many ways, this one had the distinction of being the least bad of the books on this trip, and yet it still only rates a two The story had a great deal of potential Chess game for godhood rights God that smiles all the time but it bare [...]

    10. This was another random used bookstore buy from a while ago Recursion provides an interesting answer to Fermi s Paradox, and goes in some neat directions with the implications Ultimately, however, the book, like so many sci fi works, comes across as an extended dialogue that the author is having with himself on a number of subjects, this particular dialogue being both on the benefits of social engineering and on who should be trusted with establishing the baseline standards of said social engine [...]

    11. strangehorizons reviews 2007 04 the_2007_philiptml return return This first novel is an ambitious exploration of the future development of artificial intelligence through three viewpoint characters separated by decades in Ballantyne s future history 2051, 2119 and 2210 , but sharing the problems of an intrusive nanny state and also a consistent uncertainty extending to the characters perception of themselves as to who is human and who is an AI However, I was left unconvinced by the external worl [...]

    12. It starts out fairly simply but with a story spread out across three or 4 distinct time periods spanning hundreds of years with characters that pop in and out of other periods and murkey motivations so that you re never certain of the motivations of any of them it gets fairly complex quickly.Throw in the fact that some of the characters are imaginary, and it just spirals out of control.It did have some interesting ideas about AI, and an almost luddite perspective about technology in general but [...]

    13. I m pretty sure it s the idea that sold this book It s a good one, and I suspect the writer is either a computer programmer, or read up a lot on how to sound like one It s believable enough, but at times it seemed a bit forced.The writing is serviceable, but not particularly grabbing or exciting The idea he s got here which I can t spoil without spoiling the book is a good one I only wish he d written a interesting story about it.OK wait, that wasn t quite right The story is interesting His wri [...]

    14. If I could picture the best sci fi movie in my head that I hadn t seen but wanted to, this would be it It s a book that should be a movie Of all the movies that get the green light and get millions of dollars to be made, this should be one of them The theme of a man covertly turning a planet into a disaster and while trying to get away, gets caught is only the begining There s 2 other stories being told If your not one that like multiple stories or characters, erase that idea This book makes you [...]

    15. I picked up this book based on the summary, which seemed quite interesting I was saddened to discover, however, that the writing is extremely poor If you pick up this book hoping to have the author depict an interesting and nuanced SF world to you, you ll be disappointed every description is bare bones, like a movie script than a book of the kind He said this, she said that, he nodded, he walked home I would definitely have passed this one had I known this before.

    16. This was almost a surreal view of a future world where there are private space vehiles, reproducing machines, an all knowing AI and personalities that don t know they re copies You are following three stories set at different time periods and it all kind of comes together at the end Maybe in the following books it continues to explain but I didn t find the book absorbing enough to continue on.

    17. Good, solid scifi with intrigue and maneuvering, and fascinating with no real overt action at all Extinction is imminent, and some deaths are implied, but there s no killing on camera LOVED how the development of the plot was told from three different times over two hundred years Got a little bit muddled at the end, though, as the timelines resolved into the latest present Probably a matter of my expectations than failing by the author, though.

    18. I read this I kept the physical book, which must mean the I liked it, but I can t figure out or remember why Upon learning that it s the first part of a trilogy, I have no urge to read the other two, which must mean it s a 3 star rating won t read instead of a 4 star rating kept the book.

    19. Book was ok It starts off pretty slow and boring, gets better about half way through Not sure I would have finished the book if it hadn t been a book club choice I do find a lot of aspects of the book interesting, as far as the ideas go However, just felt most of it was presented poorly Also, the twists didn t really seem like twists Pretty predictable.

    20. Not great, but not terrible The first 3 4ths of the novel are confusing and the various characters have literally nothing to do with each other The very end is interesting in much the same way as Westerfeld s Evolution s Darling or Blindsight it s an exploration of what it means to be intelligent, and what intelligent machines would mean both to humanity and to themselves.

    21. Clever, well paced AI science fiction of the grey goo and emulated selves line Ballantyne does well in character creation and dialogue, but the intermingled plots required careful reading to parse fully, and the science economics needs a deeper thought But generally a fine work.

    22. I just finished this one at approximately 1 30AM on March 8th, 2007 It s plenty interesting, but not exciting Definitely worth a read, and I m interested in the sequel, but I m not sure I d ever want to read it a second time.

    23. It s hard to see this book with such few reviews Ballantyne s AI trilogy quietly expanded the cannon of AI narrative without it playing second to the characters and narrative If you haven t read this, you need to.

    24. What can I say There was a typo within the first 20 pages The characters were weak and I skimmed the last 30 pages Lost interest about half way through but pushed myself to continue to see if it got better not so much.

    25. Deep book, questioning reality, free will, AI, and the existence of sentient alien life The constant swapping of consciousnesses was a little odd and started to get old the third time it was used, but other than that, this was an excellent book

    26. Really interesting science fiction novel Engaging premise that keeps changing and developing I really enjoyed it.

    27. Three story lines separated by different characters and taking place at different times A bit disjointed but still enjoyable.

    28. Most Sci Fi I read was written decades ago This book had interesting new ideas which haven t passed their prime while still keeping the quality of that old Heinlein Asimov Sci Fi books.

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