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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 Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, 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 El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro 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 Fragonard Art and Eroticism 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 The Monarchs Are Missing love with Eucrasia s new self and she with him despite her misgivingsAlthough fast paced and

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Among the vanguard of today's boldest writers Michael Swanwick presents his world of plug in person. 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 frontier capitalist polities or less with advanced biotech and neuro engineering most people spend their workday wetware programmed by their employer a reversible process There is umm potential for abuse and Swanwick has fun exploring the conseuences of this technology For example a police raid wouldn t reuire many police temp deputies could be imprinted on the spotPeople s Mars an unappealing collectivist state based on classical Sparta is nonetheless making good progress terraforming Mars The cislunar settlements a no man s land between Humanity and the Comprise are the dark anarchic Mean Streets And the remote Dyson settlements in the Oort are bucolic biophile semi utopias offstage Swanwick notes that he tried to display a range of plausible governmental systems throughout the System all of them flawed the way that governments are in the real world Nicely done one of the highlights of Vacuum FlowersOh and the Flowers are pretty little plants engineered to live in the vacuum eat garbage that have become a weedy nuisance another nice touch Swanwick is surprisingly one of the few SF authors who ve borrowed Freeman Dyson s remarkable biotech space settlement ideas Dyson is an extraordinarily inventive and graceful scientist writer and I seldom miss a chance to recommend his books see my review of Dyson s The Sun the Genome and the Internet was Swanwick s second novel and first really successful one Despite some rough spots notably the cyberpunkish opening Vacuum Flowers remains an exemplary modern space opera one of the best in the extraordinary reinvention of my favorite subgenre during the past two decades I ve now read VF three times 1987 1993 2000 and I expect to enjoy it again in 2007 or so Highly recommended Cheating for the Chicken Man less with advanced biotech and neuro engineering most people spend their workday wetware programmed by their employer a reversible process There is umm potential for abuse and Swanwick has fun exploring the conseuences of this technology For example a police raid wouldn t reuire many police temp deputies could be imprinted on the spotPeople s Mars an unappealing collectivist state based on classical Sparta is nonetheless making good progress terraforming Mars The cislunar settlements a no man s The Last Runaway land between Humanity and the Comprise are the dark anarchic Mean Streets And the remote Dyson settlements in the Oort are bucolic biophile semi utopias offstage Swanwick notes that he tried to display a range of plausible governmental systems throughout the System all of them flawed the way that governments are in the real world Nicely done one of the highlights of Vacuum FlowersOh and the Flowers are pretty On Tidy Endings little plants engineered to Flat World Navigation live in the vacuum eat garbage that have become a weedy nuisance another nice touch Swanwick is surprisingly one of the few SF authors who ve borrowed Freeman Dyson s remarkable biotech space settlement ideas Dyson is an extraordinarily inventive and graceful scientist writer and I seldom miss a chance to recommend his books see my review of Dyson s The Sun the Genome and the Internet was Swanwick s second novel and first really successful one Despite some rough spots notably the cyberpunkish opening Vacuum Flowers remains an exemplary modern space opera one of the best in the extraordinary reinvention of my favorite subgenre during the past two decades I ve now read VF three times 1987 1993 2000 and I expect to enjoy it again in 2007 or so Highly recommended

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Alities colonized asteroids and a daring fugitive named Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark a high tech crimina. 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 characters who move fluidly between socio economic strata what i didn t no sense of humor or one i don t share kick ass female lead who wasn t promiscuous female lead who faces few negative conseuences for casual hookups stereotypes instead of archetypesWorth reading for the going to the bank scene alone i ll remember it a long time

  • Paperback
  • 248
  • Vacuum Flowers
  • Michael Swanwick
  • English
  • 26 August 2019
  • 9780441858767

10 thoughts on “Vacuum Flowers

  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 frontier capitalist polities or less with advanced biotech and neuro engineering most people spen

  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 wr

  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 Rebel Elizabe

  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

  5. says:

    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 w

  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 even manages to be sexual without being sexualized which can be a hard line for some authors to walkI was thinking how th

  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 whe

  8. says:

    ‘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 pur

  9. says:

    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 between their gravities and cultures It becomes a rich backdrop to the breakneck race for survival our heroine

  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 enhance the picture but not all details are explained Just like someone wouldn't feel the need to explain how a

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