Accelerando

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Stross, Charles. Accelerando. New York City: Ace, 2005. UK: Orbit, 2005. For numerous reprints and translations (reviews and award nominations), see Internet Speculative Fiction Database, as of July 2023 at link here.[1] For electronic versions, ISFDb refers users to "Charlie's Diary" — Stross's blog — as of 2023 here[2](with commentary).

Identified in a brief but thorough Wikipedia entry as fix-up of interconnected stories: "a series of novelettes and novellas, all published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine in the period 2001 to 2004. According to Stross, the initial inspiration for the stories was his experience working as a programmer for a high-growth company during the dot-com boom of the 1990s"[3] — which Wikipedia article, do see (including for additional on-line versions, at least as of July 2023).

See Accelerando for (quotes from the Wikipedia article on Accelerando or linked to it):

• AI and "uploaded brain-scans of the California spiny lobster" (sic! "Lobsters," June 2001).
• Massive uploading to the Internet of "the entirety of the 20th century's out-of-copyright film and music" ("Troubadour," October 2001).
• Memory storage in "cyberware," defined as "the hardware or machine parts implanted in the human body and acting as an interface between the central nervous system and the computers or machinery connected to it"[4] ("Tourist," Feb. 2002).
• An alien "router," in an extended sense of the current technology of a router as "a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks"[5] ("Halo," June 2002).
• The alien router in space, visited by a "spacecraft [... that is] a Coke-can-sized mass of computronium propelled by a Jupiter-based laser and a lightsail," with "computronium" defined as "a material hypothesized [...] to be used as 'programmable matter,' a substrate for computer modeling of virtually any real object."[6] Onboard the spacecraft are a major character (Amber) and "62 others [who] have uploaded themselves to become the virtualised crew. [...] Amber and a few others make the decision to travel deep into the router's wormhole network. "Amber and a few others make the decision to travel deep into the router's wormhole network" ("Router," Sept. 1002).
• Amber et al. in "a variety of virtual spaces" functioning as threatening cybernetic enclosure" ("Nightfall," April 2003 [note "Nightfall as the title of Isaac Asimov's much reprinted short story from Astounding, Sept. 1941]).  
• Uploading of "virtual states into new bodies" and "bailiffs" (or "Bailiffs"), "sentient enforcement constructs" that can "repossess" such embodied virtualized people ("Curator," Dec. 2003). 

In his blog (in a section quoted in large part in the Wikipedia article), Stross says,

We are, in fact, living through the earlier moments of "Accelerando", [...] set in the predictable near-future. But "Accelerando" as a whole doesn't seem to be coming true, and a good thing too. In the background of what looks like a Panglossian techno-optimist novel, horrible things are happening. Most of humanity is wiped out, then arbitrarily resurrected in mutilated form by the Vile Offspring. Capitalism eats everything[,] then the logic of competition pushes it so far that merely human entities can no longer compete; we're a fat, slow-moving, tasty resource -- like the dodo. Our narrative perspective, Aineko, is not a talking cat: it's a vastly superintelligent AI, coolly calculating, that has worked out that human beings are more easily manipulated if they think they're dealing with a furry toy. The cat body is a sock puppet wielded by an abusive monster.

The logic of exponential progress at a tempo rising to a vertical spike is a logic that has no room in it for humanity.[7]


RDE, finishing, with thanks to Benjamin J. Robertson on the SFRA ListServ, 22Jul23