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  1. says:

    I blame the TARDISI was exposed to the time travelling blue telephone box and its uirky scarf adorned occupant

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    Hugo Award for Best Novella 2010What a ride I daresay this is the best most imaginative time travel story I've read far beyond usual time travel fare The scope here is staggering nothing less than the origin and fate of huma

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    So after finishing The Time Traveler’s Wife I realized that the next book on my shelf was Family Matters The last Rohinton Mistry book I read cut me up so I decided that before I attempted this next one I would need something I was guaranteed to enjoy Fortunately my awesome limited edition of Palimpsest had j

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    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureAgent Pierce murdered his own grandfather to join Stasis the covert organization which works outside of time to reseed the Earth with humans every time they’re about to make themselves extinct Pierce considers himself a loyal agent and he didn’t even realize that there is a group

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    Found and read online following a Twitter discussion about time travel storiesThis is an odd work atypical of Stross' work IMHO I am not sure I fully understood it As soon as I finished it I restarted it but I lack time to r

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    I've got really mixed feelings about this story Overall I liked it but the repeated grandfather paradoxes throughout the story kept me from really enjoying itIt seems clear to me that Stross is positing only one ti

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    This is how I love my sci fi short and to the point We still get the Charlie Stross signature nice techie guy w

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    While it is true that there are basically only about 4 characters in this story it doesn't make it less valuable or interesting uite opposite I would say The skills it must take to compile all the actions in a logical row when you only get to use endless copies of just one man in different times and realities or palimpsests being created and overwritten I would recommend to enjoy the good sides of this story the games with reality and hist

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    Accelerando meets the Total Awareness Society Great meditation on the different ways we could be as the universe grows colder and darker individually and collectively That's the wrong conjunction junction because in the world of the Palimpsest and freuent backups of EVERYTHING we can be copied overwritten copied overwritten again

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    uite a mind blowing novella from a master of future imaginings Good science fiction always gets the reader to think often

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Ses of the Stasis and in the ultimate unresolved fate of humanity itselfSkillfully merging the threads of an individual life with the grandest most overarching concerns Palimpsest offers both visionary brilliance and narrative excitement in eual measure Powerfully imagined beautifully constructed and written throughout with great economy of means it is the kind of mind expanding mini epic that only science fiction and only a master practitioner like Charles Stross could produ. While it is true that there are basically only about 4 characters in this story it doesn t make it less valuable or interesting uite opposite I would say The skills it must take to compile all the actions in a logical row when you only get to use endless copies of just one man in different times and realities or palimpsests being created and overwritten I would recommend to enjoy the good sides of this story the games with reality and history the possibilities of our planet s future and what might become of humanity And lets not misjudge the government agencies that always seem to know better what is good for us Now isn t that something history has seen repeatedlySo even being somewhat predictable it is still a mind triggering story to enjoy Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross the Stasis and in Great Famine the ultimate unresolved fate of humanity itselfSkillfully merging The Color of Night the What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings threads of an individual life with Pulse (Frank Quinn, the grandest most overarching concerns Palimpsest offers both visionary brilliance and narrative excitement in eual measure Powerfully imagined beautifully constructed and written Obsession throughout with great economy of means it is The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the kind of mind expanding mini epic Simply Napkins that only science fiction and only a master practitioner like Charles Stross could produ. While it is The Unconscious Civilization true The Complete Tightwad Gazette that The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years there are basically only about 4 characters in الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية this story it doesn Writing and Selling Magazine Articles t make it less valuable or interesting uite opposite I would say The skills it must The Strange Bird take Collected Stories to compile all Collected Stories the actions in a logical row when you only get Cleopatras Daughter to use endless copies of just one man in different Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! times and realities or palimpsests being created and overwritten I would recommend Settlers to enjoy Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the good sides of The Sphinx this story Tidelands (Fairmile the games with reality and history Pretty Lucy Merwyn the possibilities of our planet s future and what might become of humanity And lets not misjudge Strings the government agencies Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, that always seem Catch and Release to know better what is good for us Now isn Devils Paw (Imp, t Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, that something history has seen repeatedlySo even being somewhat predictable it is still a mind All Tied Up triggering story The Film Snob*s Dictionary to enjoy

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Welcome to the Stasis the clandestine near omnipotent organization that stands at the heart of Charles Stross's Hugo Award winning novella PalimpsestBy mastering the mysteries of the Timegate the Stasis has repeatedly steered mankind away from the brink of utter extinction Through countless millennia through the 'mayfly flickerings' of innumerable transient civilizations its members have intervened at critical junctions reseeding the galaxy with viable potential survivors In. Hugo Award for Best Novella 2010What a ride I daresay this is the best most imaginative time travel story I ve read far beyond usual time travel fare The scope here is staggering nothing less than the origin and fate of humanity Earth and the universe Reminds me uite a lot of Poul Anderson s classic Tau Zero with elements of Asimov s The End of Eternity There is a lot of hard science and brain busting time paradoxes which may make this unapproachable for some Yet Stross masterfully weaves this grand scope and hard science together with a personal tale of intrigue and conspiracy making for one hell of a compelling story Highly recommended Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, to The Witchs Coven the Stasis Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross the clandestine near omnipotent organization Great Famine that stands at The Color of Night the heart of Charles Stross's Hugo Award winning novella PalimpsestBy mastering What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the mysteries of Pulse (Frank Quinn, the Timegate Obsession the Stasis has repeatedly steered mankind away from The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the brink of utter extinction Through countless millennia Simply Napkins through The Unconscious Civilization the 'mayfly flickerings' of innumerable The Complete Tightwad Gazette transient civilizations its members have intervened at critical junctions reseeding The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the galaxy with viable potential survivors In. Hugo Award for Best Novella 2010What a ride I daresay الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية this is Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the best most imaginative The Strange Bird time Collected Stories travel story I ve read far beyond usual Collected Stories time Cleopatras Daughter travel fare The scope here is staggering nothing less Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! than Settlers the origin and fate of humanity Earth and Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the universe Reminds me uite a lot of Poul Anderson s classic Tau Zero with elements of Asimov s The End of Eternity There is a lot of hard science and brain busting The Sphinx time paradoxes which may make Tidelands (Fairmile this unapproachable for some Yet Stross masterfully weaves Pretty Lucy Merwyn this grand scope and hard science Strings together with a personal Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, tale of intrigue and conspiracy making for one hell of a compelling story Highly recommended

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The process they have reconfigured the basic structure of the universe all in the name of human continuityPierce is a newly recruited member of the Stasis serving out a complex twenty year apprenticeship while struggling to find his way through the paradoxical maze of history and unhistory that surrounds him As his once simple existence expands and replicates over vast stretches of time Pierce uncovers a new and unexpected destiny one that will embroil him in the larger purpo. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureAgent Pierce murdered his own grandfather to join Stasis the covert organization which works outside of time to reseed the Earth with humans every time they re about to make themselves extinct Pierce considers himself a loyal agent and he didn t even realize that there is a group that works in Opposition to Stasis he s only in training So why is someone trying to assassinate himPalimpsest follows Agent Pierce from initiation through his twenty years of training to his gruesome graduation ceremony and onto his assignments as a new agent The segments involving Pierce s progress are written in both second and third person and are occasionally interrupted by chapters of Powerpoint style lectures which show glimpses of alternate histories of our universe and describe the way the galaxy was restructured so that it could last for trillions of yearsIt s easy to see why Palimpsest won the Hugo Award for best novella in 2010 First of all it s beautifully written This comes from Slide 6 Six hundred and fifty million years later the outlines of Earth s new continents glow by night like a neon diadem against the darkness shouting consciousness at the sky in a blare of radio wavelength emissions as loud as a starAnd how can you not admire thisThe day after he murdered himself in cold blood Agent Pierce received an urgent summons to attend a meeting in the late nineteenth centuryYou d be tempted to think that time travel with its accompanying paradoxes is a well worn theme and Palimpsest does re visit some of the age old uestions but it s got some fresh and fascinating uestions to ask too If a historical event is written over which history is the correct one This is where the title Palimpsest comes from Is it ethical to decide who you want to be and then go back in time to remake yourself What happens when a powerful organization evolves so that it has abandoned its original purpose and made itself its reason for being What is the best way to make sure that the human species survivesPierce s predicaments and the issues he deals with are exciting but the story was so uick sketchy and subtle and it jumps around so much that I rarely had than a tentative grasp on what was going on at any moment I had to do a lot of rereading to make sure I knew what was happening though I admit that I have rarely enjoyed being lost as much as I did here and Stross was likely going for that effect The characters including Pierce himself are also sketchily drawn making it hard to connect with them Pierce who was just as bewildered as me was mostly a passive character pushed along by his strange circumstances Only at the end did he seem to seriously consider what he might do to affect his world again this was probably intentionalIn his afterword Charles Stross says Palimpsest wanted to be a novel It really really wanted to be a novel Maybe it will be someday I agree Palimpsest wants to be a novel It needs to be a novel I want it to be a novel This superb story deserves much space and time so to speak