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The Quantum Thief
Transcript of The Quantum Thief
Dr Camilla Ulleland Hoel
ENG2502 "Science Fiction and Society"
April 24, 2014
The Fractal Prince
The Quantum Thief
The Causal Angel
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Arrives Too Late"
Le Bouchon de Cristal
"Isidore 'blinks, accessing the Oubliette exomemory. It lets him recognise the man's face like it belonged to an old friend" (32)
"The Gentleman passes the co-memory to him ... And suddenly he remembers" (35)
"The exomemory stores data -- all data -- that the Oubliette gathers, the environments, senses, thoughts, everything. The gevulot keeps track of who can access what in real time. It is not just one public/private key pair, it's a crazy nested hierarchy, a tree of nodes, where each branch can only be unlocked by the root node" (108)
The Great Common Task
an attempt to move beyond humanism,
to question what we think of as natual
“I am root, and the body us a world-tree, an Yggdrasil. There are diamond machines in its bones, proteomic tech in its cells. And the brain, a true Sobornost raion-scale brain able to run whole worlds. My own human psyche inside it is less than one page in a library of Babel. … I move through the dying ship, looking for the nanomissile, no longer a clumsy monkey” (27).