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Life on New Mars is tough for humans, but death is only a minor inconvenience The machines know their place, the free market rules all, and only the Abolitionists objectThen a stranger arrives on New Mars, a clone who remember his life on Earth as Jonathan Wilde, the anarchist with a nuclear capability who was accused of losing World War III This stranger also remembers one David Reid, who now serves as New Mars s leader Long ago, it turns out, Wilde and Reid had shared ideals and fought over the same womenMoving from th century Scotland through a tumultuous st century and outward to humanity s settlement on a planet circling another star, The Stone Canal is idea driven sci fi at its best making real and believable a future where long lives, strange deaths, and unexpected knowledge await those who survive the wars and revolutions to come The Stone Canal


About the Author: Ken MacLeod

Ken MacLeod is an award winning Scottish science fiction writer.His novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award, and been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.MacLeod graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics His novels often explore socialist, communist and anarchist political ideas, most particularly the variants of Trotskyism and anarcho capitalism or extreme economic libertarianism Technical themes encompass singularities, divergent human cultural evolution and post human cyborg resurrection.



10 thoughts on “The Stone Canal

  1. Pearce Hansen Pearce Hansen says:

    Pros Original, quality writing, with an eye for detail and a driving story arcCons None whatsoever The Stone Canal takes place in the same future universe Mr.MacLeod s previous novels have described a post Singularity Solar System infested with uploaded Fast Folk, anarcho capitalist escaped slaves in their extra solar breakaway republic, Marxist mercenaries and orbital armies protecting the nano technological clim


  2. Tim Hicks Tim Hicks says:

    I have to remember that this was written in 1996, when we were admiring Netscape 1.0 indeed it was probably written in 1995 I liked some of McLeod s later works , which is to be expected There are some interesting ideas here about humanity, robots, soul, etc but for me they were lost in a sludgy plot So is Reid totally evil, or a decent guy who s a tad paranoid, or evil but later not, or what I prepared to lose my su


  3. Chris Starr Chris Starr says:

    I want the time I spent reading this backJust not worth the time it took to read it I kept on hoping for redemption of the plot, but the end feels like it was just hurriedly put together to wrap things up and is totally lacking of any satisfaction.


  4. Kelsy Kelsy says:

    I had some trouble finishing the first book in the series but still had high hopes for this one, and itthan exceeded my expectations It feels like the author really fixed a lot of issues with pacing and character development that made the first book harder to read This is still an incredibly dense book full of tons of ideas, but it s done very well and the characters are so muchsympathetic that I felt very invested in thei


  5. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in December 2000.The two interlocking narratives which make up The Stone Canal concern libertarian anarchist Jonathan Wilde The earlier chronologically starts when he is a student at Glasgow University in the 1970s, and basically deals with his gradual development into a political guru as Western capitalism begins to fall apart in the twenty first century The other narrative is set in the


  6. Howard Howard says:

    Before reviewing Stone Canal, I have to confess that I really disliked Star Faction, its prequel The nuances of political ideologies and their almost ridiculous preeminence in his character portraits deeply distract me from the fabulous concepts he can bring to his stories In Stone Canal, I found the beginning almost unbearable an exploration of early friendship and political ideologies socialism, libertarianism, etc of the main


  7. Anatoly Anatoly says:

    Stuff happened More stuff happened Somewhatinteresting stuff happened near the end But what was the book about I found it hard to figure that out.


  8. prcardi prcardi says:

    Storyline 4 5Characters 3 5Writing Style 3 5World 5 5What a tremendous improvement over the first in the series, The Star Fraction Unlike the founding book of the Fall Revolution tetralogy, MacLeod had answers for my mental objections and criticisms Stop throwing out proper noun isms and show us what Libertarianism means in your world. Okay MacLeod gets right to that by plotting out such examples as private sector nuclear deterrence P


  9. Cliff Cliff says:

    The 2and in the author s Fall Revolution series I didn t realise this, or the earlier book, The Star Fraction, forms part of a series and I m not clear whether there are anybooks I mentioned this on Facebook sci fi page and had a reply saying that the individual making it didn t like that as you could end up reading a volume in the middle of a saga and having to buy earlier books in the series The thing with this is, however, that the bo


  10. Mark Isaak Mark Isaak says:

    This book explores two main themes the politics of anarchism, and the differences between human and machine I was not impressed with the anarchism theme the politics were hard to follow and did not always feel realistic The human machine theme, though, covers multiple perspectives, with human minds in virtual reality, human minds in robot bodies, artificial intelligences similar to humans, and artificial intelligences which evolve into a su


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