Re: BOOKS: SF novel with (anti?) posthuman theme

Anders Sandberg (
06 Mar 1999 12:38:41 +0100 writes:

> In a message dated 3/5/99 2:37:17 AM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> > Has anybody here read it?
> I read it. It's by an author named Nancy Kress I beleive. It is part of a
> series. I think it's the second of perhaps three.

I read the second, "Beggars and Choosers".

> It was an OK read....but I didn't get too excited about it. I'm not
> sure why. Perhaps it rubbed me wrong politically or
> philisophically. I don't think I'd call it libertarian. In fact
> perhaps the opposite...

Sounds like my reaction too - not bad, but didn't excite me. In "Beggars and Choosers" the supersleepless (the really smart descendants of the sleepless) actually do something that might be called quite libertarian, but it was a somewhat quick ending of the book.

The best thing was the brief description of how tricky these supersmart people were to deal with - they made obscure academic four-way puns as part of their equally obscure research, leaving the protagonist completely in the dust. At the same time their secret plan could likely have been implemented in a much neater way.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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