Slant



[PDF / Epub] ☁ Slant ✎ Greg Bear – E17streets4all.co.uk In the sixth decade of the st century, the world has been transformed Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves on the cellular level And In the sixth decade of the st century, the world has been transformed Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves on the cellular level And the study of the mind has brought about a revolution in both human psychotherapy and artificial intelligenceIt s a sane and perfect world AlmostA man called Jack Giffey is planning to break into the Omphalos, the most secure building in all of separatist Green Idaho Rumor says that the Omphalos houses the not quite dead, the very wealthy deceased who are still alive, their brains connected directly into Thinkers, Artificial Intelligences that provide a virtual reality Data is the great treasure of the new millennium, and Giffey plans to tap into the Omphalos datastream, to steal the knowledge gathered by the inhabitants of the Omphalos In the offices of Mind Design, Inc the most advanced Artificial Intelligence in the world has had a unique experience She has received a request for contact from a new AI, one she does not know and did not help to design Jill has never met a stranger of her own kind before is it an alien Thinker, or the offspring of some vast conspiracy Slant is set in Bear s Queen of Angels universe, and is one of the great science fiction novels of the s.Slant

Greg Bear is one of the world s leading hard SF authors He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes s Famous Science Fiction A full time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear He is the son in law of Poul Anderson They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandratp uscmillan author gregbear.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader artificial intelligenceIt s a sane and perfect world AlmostA man called Jack Giffey is planning to break into the Omphalos, the most secure building in all of separatist Green Idaho Rumor says that the Omphalos houses the not quite dead, the very wealthy deceased who are still alive, their brains connected directly into Thinkers, Artificial Intelligences that provide a virtual reality Data is the great treasure of the new millennium, and Giffey plans to tap into the Omphalos datastream, to steal the knowledge gathered by the inhabitants of the Omphalos In the offices of Mind Design, Inc the most advanced Artificial Intelligence in the world has had a unique experience She has received a request for contact from a new AI, one she does not know and did not help to design Jill has never met a stranger of her own kind before is it an alien Thinker, or the offspring of some vast conspiracy Slant is set in Bear s Queen of Angels universe, and is one of the great science fiction novels of the s."/>
  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • Slant
  • Greg Bear
  • English
  • 03 October 2019
  • 0812524829

10 thoughts on “Slant

  1. says:

    High time for a quick read, I headed to the science fiction section at the used bookstore and picked up Slant, as Greg Bear has made it onto my list of trusted authors Despite that, the first noteworthy thought I had reading this book was Please, dear Greg, nowriting sex scenes I was a tad concerned when sex porn turned out to be rather central to the plot, but the most cringe worthy moment had passed and I was soon absorbed by the story.Basic idea it s 60ish years in the future Th High time for a quick read, I headed to the science fiction section at the used bookstore and picked up Slant, as Greg Bear has made it onto my list of trusted authors Despite that, the first noteworthy thought I had reading this book was Please, dear Greg, nowriting sex scenes I was a tad concerned when sex porn turned out to be rather central to the plot, but the most cringe worthy moment had passed and I was soon absorbed by the story.Basic idea it s 60ish years in the future The internet dominates modern life It has advanced to allow direct plug ins that let the user see, fell, etc the experiences of others live or recorded This has taken over the economy Those who produce popular content make money, those who only consume struggle Also important is that large sections of the population have been therapied destructive non functional brain circuits are physically repaired by nanites.I would not place this among Bear s strongest works, though there are many interesting ideas here Commentary on the internet, elitism, runaway capitalism Bear s female characters are starting to feel a little similar, but at least they re smart, powerful, and allowed to have relationships with each other, so I ll give him a pass for now.Give it a read if you re a fan of Greg Bear If you haven t read him before, start with Darwin s Radio or Moving Mars

  2. says:

    Heavily read and re read I want to make it into a screenplay

  3. says:

    I think I would have enjoyed this better if I had read the first book The story stand alone fairly well but there are a lot of references to things that happened before that I felt I would benefit from havinginfo about I m not going to spoil it so I m just going to say that the premise, the cause of why people are having problems, didn t make sense to me I have some experience with people who have the modern day version and I can t imagine why the person who started it all would have ma I think I would have enjoyed this better if I had read the first book The story stand alone fairly well but there are a lot of references to things that happened before that I felt I would benefit from havinginfo about I m not going to spoil it so I m just going to say that the premise, the cause of why people are having problems, didn t make sense to me I have some experience with people who have the modern day version and I can t imagine why the person who started it all would have made that choice I know in the back of the book he says it s fictional but really, it has to be based on some kind of reality or don t use the name at all Maybe it would have madesense if I d read the original book

  4. says:

    I need to compare intra book year dates because this one started out a bit confusing You end the last book with Mars doing it s dance and then you are back at what I can only guess is after Queen of Angels whichis just a tad confusing.Let s abstract then and just dove tail it behind book 1 Yay, makes a bunchsense It s been a little time but not a lot and we rejoin Choy, Martain, Jill and new cast members We return to a world in confusion and something dark unfurling the human cond I need to compare intra book year dates because this one started out a bit confusing You end the last book with Mars doing it s dance and then you are back at what I can only guess is after Queen of Angels whichis just a tad confusing.Let s abstract then and just dove tail it behind book 1 Yay, makes a bunchsense It s been a little time but not a lot and we rejoin Choy, Martain, Jill and new cast members We return to a world in confusion and something dark unfurling the human condition that was thought to be truly conditioned.Once again we dive into the shady realm of humanity, it s goals, it s desires, fabrications, truths, perceptions, and .As an aside I think this entire series would make a great 3 year television series QoA 3 would be a great mini movie segway tucked in there Otherwise I felt episodic shows as I read most of these books that would translate very easily Most of what is envisioned is person to person relationships and psyche dives Not a huge future tek 3d investment needed Random digression I agree, but thought I d share.So A lot of energy to start, something to go wrong, something going wrong, thinkers getting lost thinking, good ol boys both high level and low level types trying to preserve their spaces through all sorts of in the end, idiocy, but how it is wrought is deep enough to give you understanding However, like Bear does with most of his books not deep enough to give you a rock solid foundation You get enough to get by, maybe a pinchon some tougher concepts and then that s all you need let s roll that beautiful bean footage I think we are done here though The characters feel at rest The story has an end The world has both its past and its future to create but that will not be done here If you want another good novel and you ve traveled this far I think you ll enjoy it I would however ponder stuffing this in behind the first book if you wantcontinuity of story FWIW

  5. says:

    Written in the 1990s, Greg Bear envisioned a twenty first century in which Disney would produce porn, intellectuals would give lectures on sex, and a creepy old man hitting on a 20 something year old waitress results in the girl being taken aback, because no old guy has EVER hit on her at her job before, and gleefully has sex with him that very night Yuck This book had some characters I liked and some interesting ideas, but it was overshadowed by what the author seems to have been doing with h Written in the 1990s, Greg Bear envisioned a twenty first century in which Disney would produce porn, intellectuals would give lectures on sex, and a creepy old man hitting on a 20 something year old waitress results in the girl being taken aback, because no old guy has EVER hit on her at her job before, and gleefully has sex with him that very night Yuck This book had some characters I liked and some interesting ideas, but it was overshadowed by what the author seems to have been doing with his free hand while typing this story with the other Look, I m not squeamish about sex I m a fan of porn parodies But this book was supposed to be serious, and every other scene was either someone having sex, or someone giving a lecture on sex, or people talking about sex, or the narrator comparing something to a private part or something else I d rather not mention Oh, and minus a star for that creepy as hell Gary Stu Giffy I think his name was Okay I have to admit, looking back on this book, it s pretty hilarious But it was a lot less funny when I was pushing through 300 pages of lifeless, humorless porn I ll stick to Seduction Cinemas thank you very much

  6. says:

    Slant is the 4th novel written by Greg Bear in the setting he introduced in the novel Queen of Angels an Earth which has been transformed by nanotechnology In internal chronology, it is the second of the 4 novels, so I chose to read it right after finishing Queen of Angels Slant is, in a word, excellent Where the story in QoA occasionally dragged, Slant s story is a high energy, fast paced page turner The story takes place several years after the events of QoA Three of the main characters Slant is the 4th novel written by Greg Bear in the setting he introduced in the novel Queen of Angels an Earth which has been transformed by nanotechnology In internal chronology, it is the second of the 4 novels, so I chose to read it right after finishing Queen of Angels Slant is, in a word, excellent Where the story in QoA occasionally dragged, Slant s story is a high energy, fast paced page turner The story takes place several years after the events of QoA Three of the main characters from Queen of Angels return in Slant Mary Choy, the transform public defender Martin Burke, a pioneering but disgraced therapist and Jill, the world s first and foremost sentient thinker AI As the story unfolds, Mary and Martin each find themselves investigating symptoms of a potential epidemic Jill, meanwhile, has been contacted by Roddy a thinker that is apparently not based on the algorithms that gave Jill sentience, and a complete mystery to Jill The 4th main storyline follows Jack Giffey, a highly competent saboteur who feels driven to take down Omphalos a building designed by an elite society to store its members cryogenically frozen bodies.I found each of the main storylines compelling, and Bear does an excellent job of weaving them together Giffey s story, in particular, kept me glued to the pages as it describes his high tech, nanotechnology fueled attack against Omphalos.Great story, great ideas, great read I am looking forward to reading Heads the third novel by internal chronology

  7. says:

    Slant is set in an all too possible future United States where people are constantly hooked often physically into an advanced version of the Internet and it is routine to undergo mental therapy, mediated and maintained by nanobots that float freely in one s bloodstream till the end of their days Dataflow rules all, and people are generally consumed by information Immortality is within reach or so a group of wealthy Untherapied aristocrats believes.There is a lot going on in Slant, and Slant is set in an all too possible future United States where people are constantly hooked often physically into an advanced version of the Internet and it is routine to undergo mental therapy, mediated and maintained by nanobots that float freely in one s bloodstream till the end of their days Dataflow rules all, and people are generally consumed by information Immortality is within reach or so a group of wealthy Untherapied aristocrats believes.There is a lot going on in Slant, and that can be as much downside as bonus It takes a while to get into the main storyline The perspective jumps from character to character to character throughout the book, and this is especially confusing throughout the first Part At first the threads are unconnected is Bear simply weaving a setting for us to enjoy Laying out themes to ponder and a cautionary tale of what humanity might become in fifty or fewer years But sure enough, eventually the threads criss cross, then merge into a focused storyline, which covers the latter third of the novel.Overall, this is a solid piece of science fiction that s worth a read But, I would advise being prepared to read in larger chunks at first, you will need to in order to keep the plotlines straight later, you ll just want to keep reading to find out how it all is going to play out

  8. says:

    SLANT is well written and has lots of cool futuristic lingo which takes forever to figure out, plus an ensemble cast of characters whom I constantly had to try and remember each time there was a POV shift.Greg Bear makes an interesting sociological observation about how pornography and the instant gratification mentality so prevalent today is a risky, and potentially destructive one.But I found my interest lagging toward the end I ended up reading really, really quickly through the big climax c SLANT is well written and has lots of cool futuristic lingo which takes forever to figure out, plus an ensemble cast of characters whom I constantly had to try and remember each time there was a POV shift.Greg Bear makes an interesting sociological observation about how pornography and the instant gratification mentality so prevalent today is a risky, and potentially destructive one.But I found my interest lagging toward the end I ended up reading really, really quickly through the big climax chapter so that I could get to the end, see what became of each character, and then move on to my next book.If you re a huge Greg Bear fan but haven t read SLANT, give it a read It does have a lot of sexy scenes It also forecasts where technology will be in another fifty years or so, particularly how nanotechnology will have evolved and infiltrated its way into our culture how our culture will become everinterlaced with media and the endless stream of data, and how companies like Disney will be making the ultimate virtual reality porn I found this look into the future to be the most enjoyable aspect of SLANT, rather then the plot itself

  9. says:

    Brilliant and scintillating possible future that seems all too tangible a reality when read a decade after its first publication Depending upon your own personal slant, you will either be horrified or anticipatory of the technology presented in this story.Possible futures based upon current world trends fascinate me Books written when certain types of technology are in their infancy those that seem to be a self fulfilling prophecy 10 years later on are a fantastic read, almost a horror story Brilliant and scintillating possible future that seems all too tangible a reality when read a decade after its first publication Depending upon your own personal slant, you will either be horrified or anticipatory of the technology presented in this story.Possible futures based upon current world trends fascinate me Books written when certain types of technology are in their infancy those that seem to be a self fulfilling prophecy 10 years later on are a fantastic read, almost a horror story where you can see a tangible reality forming Some readers will find it difficult to read but the trick is to suspend your need to understand every nuance immediately Either understanding will come later or you will get bogged down in something created solely to lend a depth of reality and a specific tone to the overall story unfolding.Different in style but along a similar predictive future theme I also enjoyed and recommend David BrinEarth

  10. says:

    This was really bad ok a couple of good ideas but dreadful prose and completely unlikeable forgettable characterization And his BIG idea is just WRONG the writer talks about autopoietic systems, but he has confused these with morphogenetic processes He has obviously read a tiny bit of science, and got the wrong end of the stick and since this is the entire point of the book its a tiny bit disturbing that the writer doesn t understand what he is attempting to write about em This was really bad ok a couple of good ideas but dreadful prose and completely unlikeable forgettable characterization And his BIG idea is just WRONG the writer talks about autopoietic systems, but he has confused these with morphogenetic processes He has obviously read a tiny bit of science, and got the wrong end of the stick and since this is the entire point of the book its a tiny bit disturbing that the writer doesn t understand what he is attempting to write about embarrassing mr bear I wish SF editors employed a tame science grad to filter the shit that gets through

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