The Freeze-Frame Revolution

Peter Watts
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The Freeze-Frame Revolution


This is a really interesting hard science fiction story about an AI ship powered by a singularity which travels the galaxy building a superhighway of wormhole gates, and the crew, who come to realize and resent that they are not getting to live a real life. The story details the way that the humans try to put together a rebellion against their AI, despite being awake only a few days every several thousand years, and being under its constant audio and video surveillance.

It explores themes of isolation and human connection, what constitutes really "living", and whether consent is true consent if the person giving it is unable to understand what they're consenting to.

For those who adore puzzles, the book has a built-in encrypted puzzle Easter egg which leads to a bonus story set in this universe.

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