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Iron Sunrise is a hard science fiction novel by author Charles Stross, which follows the events in Singularity Sky. The book was nominated for the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Hard science fiction, or hard SF, is a subgenre of science fiction characterized by an interest in scientific detail or accuracy. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... Charles Stross at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow Charles David George Stross (born Leeds, October 18, 1964) is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Singularity Sky (ISBN 0441010725) is a hard science fiction novel by author Charles Stross. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Winners of the Hugo Award for best novel. ...


Singularity Sky depicts a future where human societies have been involuntarily taken from Earth and widely distributed across the galaxy, seemingly at random, in the wake of a technological singularity which has led to the onset of strong AI, in the form of the Eschaton. Earth is the third planet in the Solar system. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ... When plotted on a logarithmic graph, 15 separate lists of paradigm shifts for key events in human history show an exponential trend. ... In the philosophy of artificial intelligence, strong AI is the claim that some forms of artificial intelligence can truly reason and solve problems; strong AI states that it is possible for machines to become sapient, or self-aware, but may or may not exhibit human-like thought processes. ...


The events in both novels take place consecutively some time after the immediate aftermath of the singularity.

Martin Springfield and Rachel Mansour return to Earth to recuperate following the events of Singularity Sky, however Rachel is quickly called upon to explain the administrative expenses she incurred during her previous assignment. Shortly thereafter she finds herself negotiating with a lunatic believing to be a reincarnation of Idi Amin and in possession of an armed nuclear device which, in the black humor typical of the series, he has threatened to detonate after receiving an eviction notice from his apartment. Singularity Sky (ISBN 0441010725) is a hard science fiction novel by author Charles Stross. ... Past Lives redirects here. ... Idi Amin on a ten-shilling note Idi Amin (May 17, 1924[1] – August 16, 2003) was an army officer and President of Uganda (1971 to 1979). ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ...


Meanwhile, a young and hopeful planetary civilization is murdered by the apparent use of a causality violation device which explodes their sun without warning, and their defense systems are automatically deployed against the homeworld of the suspected perpetrators of the atrocity. Although causality, the relationship between causes and effects, is often examined in the fields of philosophy, computer science, and statistics, it has a place in the study of physics as well. ... A relativistic kill vehicle (RKV) or relativistic bomb is a hypothetical weapon system sometimes found in science fiction. ...


Rachel and Martin set off to investigate these events and prevent the assassination of the remaining members of the civilization's murdered leaders, who can abort the retaliation strike. In the background the Eschaton continues to play its own game.


 
 

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