Hannu Rajaniemi. Invisible Planets. (Reach for Infinity).

reachRajaniemi tips the wink to the inspiration for this story by dedicating the story to Italo Calvino, and a quick Wikipedia Enlightenment leads the reader to his Invisible Cities novel.

Rajaniemi follows the conceit of a conversation between two people, but his characters are spaceship AIs, and their conversation around inhabitants of various planets leads to a reflection on humanity. It’s a good read, and I wonder, what this Calvino’s book being ‘structured around an interlocking pattern of numbered sections, while the length of each section’s title graphically outlines a continuously oscillating sine wave, or perhaps a city skyline’ and with Rajaniemi being one of these clever bods who knows about String Theory, whether there’s something very clever and mathematical hidden in the story.

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