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ISBN: 087795870X
Author: Michael Swanwick
Language: English
Publisher: Arbor House (1987)
Pages: 248
Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 240
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In a world of plug-in personalities and colonized asteroids, daring fugitive Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark seeks refuge on Earth orbiting settlements.

Slick and highly competent entertainment that starts fast and never slows down. Michael Swanwick is darkly magnificent. Tales of Old Earth is just one brilliant ride after another, a midnight express with a master at the throttle. Swanwick has emerged as one of the country’s most respected authors. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Vacuum Flowers is a science fiction novel by American writer Michael Swanwick, published in 1987. It is an early example of the cyberpunk genre, and features one of the earliest uses of the concept wetware. The protagonist of the novel is Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark, the recorded personality of a dead woman which has become the property of a corporation that intends to sell it as entertainment

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Читать онлайн Vacumn Flowers. The elevator bank was set by the druid tree’s trunk, its vacuum sleeve tunneling right through the root network. Michael Swanwick Vacumn Flowers.

Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy short-story writers of his generation, having received an unprecedented five consecutive Hugo Awards.

The Mongolian Wizard Stories (online stories 1-7). Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy short-story writers of his generation, having received an unprecedented five consecutive Hugo Awards. He has also the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy awards. Swanwick’s novels include The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, a New York Times Notable Book, and the Nebula Award–winning Stations of the Tide.

Financial support was provided by the M. C. Porter Endowment for the Arts.

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Электронная книга "Vacuum Flowers", Michael Swanwick. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Vacuum Flowers" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. A cyberpunk thriller from Nebula Award winner Michael Swanwick that explores bioengineering, wetware, and the riddle of personality Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark is a recorded personality owned by corporate giant Deutsche Nakasone.

Arbor House: 1987. FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING hardcover with dustjacket. The author's second novel, preceded by his well-received IN THE DRIFT (1985). This is an early example of the cyberpunk genre, and features one of the earliest uses of the concept of "wetware."

Comments:

Foginn
I often read two books at the same time, swapping time from one to another in the course of a week. As I was reading Gather Darkness by Fritz Leiber, I fingered to the back page to see an advertisement for the Wizard of Oz series. I thought it strange but I idiomatically wanted to try to find a link between the Wizard of Oz and Vacuum Flowers... so of I set upon my own little yellow brick road since I wasn't enjoying the first third of the book very much.

Rebel (Dorothy) and her alternate psyche Eucrasia (little dog, Toto, too) traverse the intersystem from her Dyson sphere home in the Oort Cloud (Kansas) to the idea of a green Earth (the idyllic Emerald Palace) to seek answers. Her posse includes the four-minded Wyeth (The brainless Scarecrow [though I stop the comparison at the sexual relationship]), the seemingly logical cybernetic Bors (The heartless Tinman) and finally the simple-minded Nee-C (The cowardly Lion). Rebel even has a `wizard-mother' (Good Witch of the East?) who assists her in her journey. The enemy is a more nebulous type, perhaps because of the unclear distinction between rivals. The mind-linked Comprise (flying monkeys) and the sinister back figure of Deutsche Nakasone (Wicked Witch of the West) detail most advances at the elimination of Rebel and her posse.

It was all a fun game to play while reading the novel... until I came to page 228 of 248 when one character says, "Last of all, Rebel, we come to you. Rebel, you want a pair of ruby slippers... You want to go home." My jaw dropped! I could NOT believe my time-passing fantasy manifested itself onto the pages! My second thought was that Pink Floyd might provide an excellent soundtrack to this book.

Comparisons aside (though it's hard to look past it all!), I found the book a jumble of fleeting thoughts, brief (and very frequent) sexual encounters, short-lived sub-plots and transitory peoples. When a sci-fi grandmaster has too many thoughts in a novel, they tend to have the skill to weave them in a solid tapestry of awe and depth. However, when an inexperienced author attempts to put all their thought into one book, the result reads like the above adjectives: fleeting, brief, short-lived and transitory. Swanwick mentions again and again the `rude boys' of the outer system and the wolverines of the planet Earth but he doesn't go into depth about how they fit into the universe which he has written an entire novel about. It's full of ideas of empty of effort. This applies to other scenarios, as well: the Comprise shy-apple eating boy, the Orchid village and the Island habitation- mere ideas built without scaffolding.

Lastly, I'm sick of sci-fi authors who think they can characterize a `strong female heroine' simply by sexualizing her. It's a major cop-out and Swanwick takes it to a new level with a total of eight sex scenes, where anything less than three would have been suffice. The novel actually reminds me MUCH of John Varley's Ophiuchi Hotline, where a women (while exploring her `strong female heroine-ness') is split into cloned bodies as she travels out of the system.
Akir
Vacuum Flowers details a future society where Humanity has spread throughout the Solar System and where individuals can be "wetprogrammed". Basically, at a whim people can have any personality trait downloaded directly into their brain -- or even have entirely new personalities downloaded. The novel also depicts a future Earth controlled by the Comprise, a hive-mind entity (similar in some respects to the Conjoiners from Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Space universe) that subsumed all Humanity left on the planet more than a century before the events in the story take place.

With this as a backdrop, we are introduced to Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark. We are not given very much information about who she is until much later in the book, but we do learn early on a powerful corporation (Deutsche Nakasone) wants to get its hands on her because something in her wetprogramming is valuable. Fleeing from Deutsche Nakasone, Rebel finds herself heading closer and closer towards an encounter with the Comprise. An encounter that, if she manages to survive, may change the entire Solar System forever...

I found Vacuum Flowers rather difficult to get a solid grip on. Swanwick's writing was just too unwieldy...his description of events and surroundings didn't seem to flow well and what was left made visualizing the story challenging. However, I liked the ideas in the story. The concept that someone's personality is fluid and subject to manipulation and implantation of new paradigms is a neat idea. Combine the hive-mind Comprise and its behavior and apparent motivations...I really wish this story had been written more coherently.

Vacuum Flowers is my first attempt at picking up a Swanwick tale. Despite obvious flaws I may find myself picking up another Swanwick story at some point in the future. As for Vacuum Flowers itself, I would not recommend this book to those who, like myself, had not read any of the author's work previously. That being said, the ideas, if not the execution, is compelling and the story is worth reading on that note.
Falya
One of my favorite sci-fi novels of all time. I wish Mr. Swanwick would revisit this world.

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