Wednesday, 2013-07-24

Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross

Set in the same universe as Saturn’s Children, Stross does a neat end-run around the problems of slower-than-light interstellar colonization by killing off biological humanity and replacing us with our mechanical descendants. They’ve managed to progress beyond the feudal hellhole of the first novel and are now in the middle of debt-fuelled late-stage capitalism, complete with scams and frauds designed to get hold of “slow money” - the hugely valuable bitcoinage financing colonizing starships.

Entertaining if rather heavy on the settings to the detriment of the plot.