|It's been a long time since I read hard science fiction, and keeping up with the science and technology was quite hard. But Stross's vision is as interesting in political theory as scientific. It juxtaposes two cultures, one more advanced that is making no government work (the anarchist's dream), and one that has reverted to almost a feudal society. Everything changes by contact with the Festival, not a society at all but an information-gathering colossus with amazing technology they share in return for stories.|
The man characters are appealing. It is a real brain-stretcher of a book.
|Publication||Ace (2004), Paperback, 352 pages|
|ISBN||0441011799 / 97804410117|