%T Singularity Sky %T Iron Sunrise %A Stross, Charles
I am the Eschaton. I am not your God. I am descended from you, and I exist in your future Thou shalt not violate causality within my historical light cone. Or else.
This pair of novels by Charles Stross (a guest at the upcoming Continuum 4 in Melbourne in August) are post-Singularity novels featuring UN Contractor/Trouble Shooter Rachel Mansour dealing with a variety of odd things in an extremely odd universe.
The oddest is the Eschaton a post-Human entity whose origins are not entirely explained but is the nearest thing to a god like being running around. Even if it denies it.
Fast paced, good characterisation, well plotted and Stross is capable of descriptive text that is sheer poetry. The description of the iron bombed star in Iron Sunrise and its results are particularly evocative.
The jabs at milSF in Singularity Sky are remarkably accurate too.
Singularity Sky was a strong 1st novel and Stross is definitely an author to watch.
If you cannot see the causal relationship between "I have chocolate" and "Life is Good", you simply aren't trying hard enough. Pirates of the Burley Griffin