Ken Macleod, ‘The Night Sessions’

A near future SF with some interesting ideas about religion, atheism and war, also upon robotics, AI and the possibility of machine-souls and religion. The ending is something of an anti-climax after The Execution Channel’s James Blish references. It is a suitably world-changing finish but not quite as impressive as I felt the consequences of the terrorist success were not pushed home enough, and drew too heavily on the pervasive global warming issue to be interesting, but I may just be looking for novelty in a serious book. The characters are nicely drawn, and the AI Skulk in particular. Closer to the early books in Macleod’s ‘The Fall Revolution’ series than the space opera of the ‘Engines of Light’ trilogy, which is a good thing, if you ask me.


~ by Snake Oil on August 3, 2009.

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