Published by Gregory Benford on November 7th, 2012

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  1. GCU Gray Area says:

    You’re still handsome, Greg.

    A super advanced society I doubt would be very large….if the statistics of american twen-cen educated couples are any indication of what might be. A society of super technological advancement somehow avoiding self-destruction or impairment might have a lot of folks, and hence the need to build something so large. Let’s hope not.

    Certainly the ‘esty’ region around the center of the galaxy in Sailing Bright Eternity is one of the best examples of a ‘big aweing object. A runner up is Thistledown in Greg Bear’s Eon. (Stephen Baxter, Peter F. Hamilton, and Iain M. Banks have taken this line further).

    The human characters seem really backward (like, pre-internet backward), let alone culturally and sexually. (They could’ve learned a lot more by being way more chill.) If such people are two centuries future, good christ there is no reason to care.

    Also, no need for this dipolar, and conflicting, deal of ‘maintaing humanity while yearning to be something more’. No need to define human. Define what is functional. Then embody it.

    In essence: I flipped through this book a lot, because I was bored by many things. The story was medieval in nature. Only the setting was technological. It wasn’t fantasy, but it wasn’t interesting.

    Comments related to questions asked in the AtGoogle talk dealie:

    On digital publishing: Capitalism has made people stupid. That this issue is almost twenty years old confirms it. But, yes, this will change.

    On ‘smart structures’: sing more efficient models and building techniques would enable more efficient structures, devices, etc. Again, Capitalism is the culprit. Well, human nature is the culprit….