Echopraxia

Echopraxia

Book - 2014
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A follow-up to the Hugo Award-nominated Blindsight, Echopraxia is set in a 22nd-century world transformed by scientific evangelicals, supernatural beings and ghosts, where defunct biologist Daniel Bruks becomes trapped on a spaceship destined to make an evolutionary-changing discovery.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2014.
ISBN: 9780765328021
076532802X
Branch Call Number: WATTS P
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 23 cm.

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callig
Sep 25, 2018

Christchurchlib's review, "this could serve as a companion volume to Blindsight", is expressing its similarity in the most complimentary way possible.
Blindsight, Part II is more accurate--- same plot, and very similar characters (more neo-vampires). Still chock full of science ideas. Sometimes his dramatizations work, emotionally illustrate his ideas, but here... well, "overwrought" does capture the tone. I couldn't finish it.
Still, if you're a science buff, this author has more ideas, and vivid explanatory power, than a boxcar load of his competitors (he even offers a bibliography of sources).
In this particular case i think he should've repackaged his ideas into essay form.

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hollymassie
May 02, 2017

This book was just...overwrought.
Ugh. Wanted to like it. If you like sentances like, "Three trillion nodes and a ten-thousand-link search radius was a pretty impoverished echo of the actual Quinternet, but you could still dig for a thousand lifetimes and never reach its edge."
You will love this book.
Oh. And Vampires have a lot of teeth. And are scary. Repeated ad nauseum.

ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2016

Daniel Brüks is obsolete. He's a field biologist in a scientific community that's gone computational, an atheist in a faith-based society, and a mortal man trying to survive in an increasingly post-human civilization. Boarding the Rapture-guided ship Crown of Thorns, Brüks joins the hive-like Bicameral Order of monks and a genetically engineered vampire who are following in the footsteps of the Theseus mission, which vanished years ago after reaching the edge of our solar system. En route, Brüks and the crew discover a post-biological organism that challenges everything they know about the nature of life in the universe. Echopraxia serves as a companion novel to the Hugo Award-nominated Blindsight, although this book can be enjoyed without having read its predecessor.

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Flatcoatsmith
Apr 15, 2016

This non-sequel to Watts mind-blowing BLINDSIGHT further explores the questions of intellect, technology, knowledge, survival and identity.
The book stands alone, however i recommend reading BLINDSIGHT first. Enjoy the ride and the chilling revelations herein.

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