Benford's post-Singularity novel

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 21:54:07 MDT

Might be of interest: BEYOND INFINITY, by Gregory Benford (Aspect/Warner,
March 2004). A reworking of his novella quasi-sequel to Clarke's `Against
the Fall of Night', with the Diaspar/Alvin details morphed and the setting
upgraded to take in branes, ekpyrotic universes, and in the remote
background the Quickening followed by the Singularity followed by the
emergence and transcension of the Singular.

p. 242: `Another legend. The Singular is a construction, emerging from an
event the Ancients termed the Singularity. First the Quickening
precipitated changes in what some humans made of themselves. The
Singularity was one of the more successful of those leaps, and it created
the Singular.'

`What is it?'

`It is what part of humanity became. A structure made of folded space-time
itself. Some humans augmented themselves to beyond the
others'--your--perception. They they, with others from far stars, made the
fold... It was an act that transcended out space-time. Somehow those
Ancients went beyond out infinites. They were--or are--both part of the
Singular and its cause.'

And so on.

Damien Broderick

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