By Neal Stephenson
El planeta Arbre estuvo al borde del colapso hace miles de aÃ±os. Los nuevos intelectuales, los avotos, se reunieron en monasterios para iniciar un nuevo tipo de vida de reflexion sin elemento religioso alguno. El ritmo de evolucion y cambio de los avotos es lento, mientras el planeta sufre todo tipo de transformaciones. Ahora, casi cuatro mil aÃ±os despues de l. a. Reconstitucion y los angeles fundacion del sistema cenobitico, el Poder Secular parece ocultar que hay una nave alienigena orbitando el planeta. Descubrirla, establecer contacto y comprender a esos extraÃ±os seres procedentes de otro lugar es el gran trabajo que espera al protagonista, fra Erasmas, discipulo del heterodoxo Orolo.. / Anathem, the most recent invention through the hot York instances bestselling writer of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a powerful production: a piece of significant scope, intelligence, and mind's eye that ushers readers right into a recognizableyet unusually invertedworld. Fraa Erasmas is a tender avout dwelling within the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, shielded from the corrupting affects of the surface ""saecular"" global through old stone, commemorated traditions, and intricate rituals. Over the centuries, towns and governments have risen and fallen past the concent's partitions. thrice in the course of history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and lack of awareness has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic neighborhood. but the avout have consistently controlled to conform within the wake of disaster, changing into out of necessity much more austere and no more depending on expertise and fabric issues. And Erasmas has no worry of the outsidethe Extramurosfor the final of the bad instances was once lengthy, in the past
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What's the matter, Dr. " Ignoring the query, Forester peered sharply around the room. The few pieces of furniture were shabby but comfortable. A book printed in the strange characters of some ancient language of the first planet lay open on a little table, beside a tobacco humidor and a bottle of wine. Ironsmith himself, in unpressed slacks and open-collared shirt, looked guileless and friendly as the room, and Forester could see no evidences of his dealings with that inquisitive machine. " he insisted anxiously.
Swarming about the task in ever greater numbers, they began to remind him of some social insects. They worked silently, never calling to one another - for they all were parts of the same ultimate machine, and each unit knew all that any of them did. Watching, he began to feel a vague impact of terror. For they were too many. Glinting with bronze and frosty blue, their hard black bodies were too beautiful. They were too sure, too strong, too swift. Unlike any actual insects that he had ever watched, they wasted no time and no effort.
One was stirring a battered pot, which reeked of garlic. Ironsmith sniffed appreciatively, and the three made room for him and the child to sit on driftwood blocks by the fire. She leaned to warm her hands and Ironsmith smiled genially at the three, but Forester paused in the doorway, incredulous, as White presented the bold little band. For he could see no weapons; the three were only ragged vagabonds, in need of soap and barbering. The gaunt man stirring the pot was named Graystone. He rose stiffly, a gaunt and awkward scarecrow in rusty black.
Anatema by Neal Stephenson