Singularity – a moment in which technological progress accelerates exponentially, and mankind, as we know it is outdated – joking to be called "maniacal enthusiasm." Neil Stevenson's novel Falling or Dodge in Hell does something further: what if the maniacs are not just the prophets of a new order, but literally our gods have become?
Above a stretched network of modern techno-thriller, near Fall exposes a theory of mind and body problem, a retelling of John Milton Paradise Lost and reef of classical science fiction . -frope the brain boarding. This is an ambitious, but massive, uneven book ̵
Spoilers for some key storylines of Fall Fall is characterized with a huge, multi-generational – and in this case periodically reincarnated – introduction of heroes. But at the center is Richard Dodge Forthrast, Chief Executive Officer of the Ageing Society, and chief character of Stevenson's earlier novel Reamde . consciousness goes up on the quantum computer. This digital Dodge (known as Egdod) slowly acquires self-awareness and constructs a mystical space called Bitworld that manages an increasing number of newly-added "souls." But wealthy transhumanist Elmo El Shepherd is angry that Dodge has recreated the old, unfortunately human social system. He throws Dodge out of his own paradise, creating a power struggle that will rock the foundations of Bitworld.
The best parts of Fall combine fascinating technological speculations with the broad archetypes of myth – which become a way for souls to understand their new existence. Egdod recreates the story of biblical creation as God, and then Paradise Lost as the devil, with the help of the spiritual "pantheon," derived from Greek and Roman mythology. His world follows a video logic and its physical spaces are based on his hometown. El regards these references as a type of original sin that must be cleared by Bitworld, but as his symbolic name shows, he is ultimately not above them. Fall is more like three or four interconnected books
Fall ] devotes the heads of the beautiful and thoroughly logical rediscovery of things like rot and reincarnation, while his living friends assemble his actions through a glass – or at least a visualization of the cost of computing resources – dark. However, this story does not really begin to about 300 pages in nearly 900 pages Fall . Instead, his first section is full of gloomy cranky future speculation, starting with a massive, weapon fake news event.
After Dodge's death, someone convinces the world that terrorists have released nuclear weapons in the city of Moab, Utah largely destroys people's trust both on the Internet (called "Miasma") and in reality. And when the Moab thugs descend to the innocent dweller of the city in retaliation, a consortium of technicians cuts off the last thread, unfolding a system that would create a huge number of false, contradictory theories for her to isolate it from them all. ,
Decline a few years ahead and America effectively divided into different nations with different views of reality. "Amerer" is full of people who believe that Moab has been destroyed, including a fierce fundamentalist cult that loves crucifixion. Meanwhile wealthy coastal residents such as Dodge Sophie niece hire editors to sort out the facts of the lie online.
This arc offers a brutal vision of the future and feels like a more rapid evolution of Early Stevenson's novel The Diamond Age in which the community is divided into enclaves of intelligentsia and lump-proletariat of the "thettes" class. But it is also unbearable, probably because it is full of people who are too rich and smart to have skin in the miserable game of mankind. The main characters of the Fall spend most of their time outside of Bitworld, either reflect on technical concepts, or ponder the stupid customs of the masses with a sense of anthropological anxiety. (Their incarnation on Bitworld does the same, but at least they have blazing swords and superpowers.)
Fall has almost Randian scorn for most souls in Bitworld when he intends to recognize them at all. Stevenson is more interested in exploring the nature of consciousness and reality than putting the ideal society, even when it is clear that Dodge's sinful paradise is likely to replace the Earth as the home of the default people. Falling is constantly deviating from the consideration of what it means to several rich benevolent dictators to redefine reality. Often she avoids the subject by writing off other resurrected residents as servants, cowardly, greedy, and deprived of intellectual growth – to the point where Bitworld is actually a world of video games with several main characters and multiple
This is repulsive to the point of horror in a way that has never been recognized, and is neutral an intriguing study of whether people are really condemned to carry their old human pain into a world where everything is possible. If most of them are hardly worthwhile to perceive as reasonable, and others will naturally turn to divinity, why should we ask? It also throws the earlier part of the real world in an even darker light, meaning that even without "Facebookifikacija of America" - as it is called in autumn – most people will be stuck in a state of hostile ignorance. And when the book fits in its last section, it is lost in a clear fantastic mission that has fun with its own conditions, but it feels like abandoning the earlier complexity of the novel.
Like Bitworld, floating above the sea of chaotic data, Autumn seems deeply sad under the whirlpool of great ideas. But no matter how many pages accumulate on world construction and philosophy, it never succeeds in possessing this darkness – not to mention that.