• Title: Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology
  • Author: James Patrick Kelly John Kessel Ray Kurzweil Greg Egan David D. Levine Justina Robson Charles Stross Robert Reed
  • ISBN: 9781616960704
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • Digital Rapture The Singularity Anthology Presenting the posthuman future in its wildest science fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations this far reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity an er
    Presenting the posthuman future in its wildest science fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations, this far reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity, an era when advances in technology totally transform human reality The featured stories and essays travel from the alien far future of H G Wells and the almost human, near futurPresenting the posthuman future in its wildest science fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations, this far reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity, an era when advances in technology totally transform human reality The featured stories and essays travel from the alien far future of H G Wells and the almost human, near future of Ray Kurzweil to Elizabeth Bear s fusion of woman, machine, God, and shark and Isaac Asimov s evolution of ineffable logic Daring to peek over the edge of the event horizon as intelligence both figuratively and literally explodes, this collection also includes pieces by Nick Bostrom, Cory Doctorow, Robert Reed, Justina Robson, Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, and .Content Introduction Digital Rapture by James Patrick Kelly John Kessel The Last Question by Isaac Asimov The Flesh Excerpt from The World, The Flesh and The Devil An Inquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul by J D Bernal Day Million by Frederik Pohl Thought and Action Chapter Six from Odd John by Olaf Stapledon The Coming Technological Singularity How to Survive in the Post Human Era by Vernor Vinge Hive Mind Man by Rudy Rucker Eileen Gunn Sunken Gardens by Bruce Sterling The Six Epochs Chapter One from The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil Crystal Nights by Greg Egan Firewall by David D Levine The Cookie Monster by Vernor Vinge Cracklegrackle by Justina Robson Nightfall by Charles Stross Coelacanths by Robert Reed The Great Awakening by Rudy Rucker True Names by Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum The Server and the Dragon by Hannu Rajaniemi The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe by Elizabeth Bear

    One Reply to “Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology”

    1. A series of short stores about the mythical "singularity" where either humans will use technology to attain nirvana, or we will be enslaved or eliminated by superior technical life-forms. Meh. Some of the stories were excellent but some IMHO didn't really address the topic.

    2. It's been some time since I read Rewired and loved it, and thus it filled me with great enthusiasm to pick up this book. Now, speaking from the other side after having finished it, I can honestly say it doesn't match up. Why?First of all, it's a mater of personal taste, which I'm not sure how much belongs into a review. If there was a brilliantly told unicorn story that I wrote off based on my disliking unicorns or whatever, that would not be fair. So, to get this out of the way, I prefer storie [...]

    3. Some of these stories are waaaaay out there, but I think that's the point. I love the uncertainty over the future and whether or not the singularity may happen, and if so, whether it will be a hard takeoff or a soft takeoff.

    4. Great premise, stories and essays about the singularity, with a star-studded list of writers. It's well-organized too, by types of possible singularities and somewhat chronologically--the last story is "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe." I found it enjoyable, though not quite as much as I'd hoped. Everything except the introduction had been previously published, so I'd read more than a few stories already. The book started with some older pieces, one each from the 1920s, 1930s, 1950s, a [...]

    5. Kelly and Kessel have put together another great anthology, following up on Feeling Very Strange, which brings together today's top writers working in the slipstream genre. Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology collects stories from classic SF writers such as Asimov, Sterling, Pohl, and Vinge, alongside more modern writers like Rajaniemi, Doctorow, Bear, and Stross, providing a broad spectrum of views on the Singularity. Personal favorites in the anthology include "The Last Question" by Isa [...]

    6. Stories and essays by many writers, including Ray Kurzweil, Isaac Asimov ("The Last Question"), Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, and all the way back to Olaf Stapledon.Twenty years ago, Vernor Vinge wrote that "within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will end." That is a prediction of the time frame for the "singularity."This book features mainly fictional revelations of the singularity, with a few non-fictional essays o [...]

    7. This anthology explores leading voices on the singularity, including Vernor Vinge's essay and many science fiction pieces devoted to exploring the consequences of a post-human world. Most of the stories are great, and they challenge your notions about the future of humanity.While I think the collection deserves 5 stars, there is a story and an essay that I feel traveled too far to the fringes of pseudo-science to have much merit, and therefore detracted from the rest of the book.

    8. For my full review, see here:bookswithoutanypictures.wordprOverall, I enjoyed this “Digital Rapture” tremendously. It was the kind of anthology that could entertain, but at the same time made me think and ponder the possibilities that the future could hold. I recommend it.

    9. Although I enjoyed the majority of the stories within this compilation, I found that by the time I had read them all, and despite the fact the stories were quite varied, they all became somewhat "same-ish".The essays however I found quite fascinating, and they have prompted me to do further research into the science behind the genre.

    10. I found this a thought-provoking series of stories dealing with the implications of the Singularity. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this sub-genre of SF

    11. To much singularity at once. I read this alongside Rapture of the Nerds. I had to take a break from stories featuring anthropomorphic routers.

    12. This was one crazy, but mind-opening book. It was interesting to read so many different takes on "the singularity" written by people with great intelligence and imaginations.

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