By Charles Stross
Dies ist die Geschichte der schleichenden Machtübernahme der künstlichen Intelligenz: Beginnend im heutigen ny schlägt Charles Stross den Bogen weit in die Zukunft und zeichnet Schritt für Schritt nach, wie die Maschinen Bewusstsein entwickeln und die Herrschaft an sich reißen. Nach "Singularität" und "Supernova" liefert Stross damit seinen großen Roman über die Zukunft unserer Zivilisation.
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I look at my life sign monitor . . “Wait . ” There are still only four life signs. Chauney races up to the next floor and breaks out a window. McClean and LeForge are now in the street. Snipers are firing down at them from the roof of an adjacent building. “You were right,” I tell her. ” 65 CHAPTER TWENTY Chauney launches a grenade at the snipers across the street and the roof explodes. The top corner of the building shatters into ice cubes that rain into the street. The building really is made of ice!
The saw bullets are useless at this distance in the open. The advantage of saw-shots is that they ricochet when they hit hard surfaces, and cut through everything of a softer material (such as wood or flesh), and they do not lose momentum no matter how many walls they bounce off of or how many people they cut through. They can self-propel themselves for two minutes, then the blades will stop moving and they will drop to the ground. The bullets look like two miniature circular saws, a smaller one stacked on top of a slightly larger one.
41 CHAPTER TWO We suit up for the journey. “You’re not going to need any weapons,” McClean tells LeForge and Chauney. ” “Maybe you’re right about the friendly fire, Corporal,” I say, “but those slag-shots weren’t ours. ” “Suit yourselves,” he says. The machine guns are all iced over. We’ll have to use slag-shot rifles. Slag-shot rifles don’t shoot regular bullets, they are designed to shoot transforming projectiles, about the size of tam-pons. There are several different types of projectiles used for a variety of situations.
Accelerando by Charles Stross