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  • Fantastic, funny, weird, romp through the post-singularity aftermath

    The singularity happened a generation ago. Most of humanity uploaded their minds into the clouds of computronium that have since consumed Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and are working on the gas giants. Their minds have mutated in strange and unpredictable ways. However, this story is told by the refuseniks who elected to stay back on earth for their own idiosyncratic reasons. Primarily Huw, a Welsh potter and failed polymath who is not on speaking terms with his transhumanist parents ever since they uploaded as soon as possible. The entire book is a breathless story of how Huw trudges around the post-singularity planet, only populated by the weirdos, luddites, clueless and refuseniks who now must deal with weakly godlike AIs spewing weirdness from the cloud of computronium. This book is as over-the-top funny, breathless and inventive as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but with more sly social commentary and a huge load of transhuman weirdness. After all, the entire premise is that the Singularity is the transhumanist's re-invention of some specifically christian end-time fantasies. I think it brilliantly skewers those beliefs and does so with a lot of (transhuman, probably purple and glowing) tongue in cheek. The audiobook treatment is also nice, once you have gotten to what I believe to be a Welsh accent, it makes for an entertaining and unique read.

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