Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept On a desperately overcrowded future Earth crippled by climate change the most unlikely hope is better than none Governments turn to Big Science to provide them with the dreams that will keep the mas

  • Title: Proof of Concept
  • Author: Gwyneth Jones
  • ISBN: 9780765387363
  • Page: 281
  • Format: ebook
  • On a desperately overcrowded future Earth, crippled by climate change, the most unlikely hope is better than none Governments turn to Big Science to provide them with the dreams that will keep the masses compliant The Needle is one such dream, an installation where the most abstruse theoretical science is being tested science that might make human travel to a habitableOn a desperately overcrowded future Earth, crippled by climate change, the most unlikely hope is better than none Governments turn to Big Science to provide them with the dreams that will keep the masses compliant The Needle is one such dream, an installation where the most abstruse theoretical science is being tested science that might make human travel to a habitable exoplanet distantly feasible.When the Needle s director offers her underground compound as a training base, Kir is thrilled to be invited to join the team, even though she knows it s only because her brain is host to a quantum artificial intelligence called Altair.But Altair knows something he can t tell.Kir, like all humans, is programmed to ignore future dangers Between the artificial blocks in his mind, and the blocks evolution has built into his host, how is he going to convince her the sky is falling At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.
    What is Proof of Concept POC Definition from Techopedia A proof of concept POC is a demonstration to verify that certain concepts or theories have the potential for real world application In a nutshell, a POC represents the evidence demonstrating that a project or product is feasible and worthy enough to justify the expenses needed to support and develop it. What is proof of concept POC Definition from WhatIs A proof of concept is not intended to explore market demand for the idea, nor is it intended to determine the best production process Rather, its focus is to test whether the idea is viable giving those involved in the proof of concept Proof of Concept Definition and Best Practices Sep , What Is a Proof of Concept An effective proof of concept proves the goal of a proposed project is viable, and will be successful The value of a POC is it can help a project manager identify gaps in processes that might interfere with success That s not all a proof of concept does. proof of concept in a sentence Sentence examples by This is not surprising, since the current implementation is a proof of concept , aimed at showing that such a language can be implemented From Cambridge English Corpus Most are small proof of concept trials with few exceptions, most trials enrolled subjects. Know the Difference Between Proof of Concept and Prototype Jan , A Proof of Concept POC is a small exercise to test the design idea or assumption.

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    About Author

    1. Gwyneth Jones is a writer and critic of genre fiction She s won the Tiptree award, two World Fantasy awards, the Arthur C Clarke award, the British Science Fiction Association short story award, the Dracula Society s Children of the Night award, the P.K.Dick award, and the SFRA Pilgrim award for lifetime achievement in sf criticism She also writes for teenagers, usually as Ann Halam She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and two cats called Ginger and Milo curating assorted pondlife in season She s a member of the Soil Association, the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Frack Free Sussex and the Green Party and an Amnesty International volunteer.


    Proof of Concept Comment

    1. 2.5 stars One of those books I really want to like than I actually did I love the concept, the characters have great potential, and I like some of Jones wordsmithing.Bute concept was not as well explored as it could have been the characters did not come alive and remained quite two dimensional and the clever wordsmithing did not make up for the sort of confusing muddle of a story.So I didn t hate it, but I could have given it a pass and not missed anything.

    2. For such a short novella, Proof of Concept is packed to bursting with plot threads, thematic questions, and worldbuilding elements The story takes place in a fascinating dystopian world where pollution and global warming have pushed the world s population into giant hives separated by toxic Dead Zones where impoverished non citizens try to eke out their short existences MegaCorps have a chokehold on culture and politic, and even scientific endeavor must be turned into pop culture and seek the ap [...]

    3. short novel that is packed with ideas and ends in a very interesting way begging books set in the same universe in a future earth on the verge of definitive catastrophe, the super rich want to flee it for pristine planets and the new physics information space gives them a chance to do so if theoretical ideas about instantaneous translation can be put in practice and so an experiment is funded in a deep cavern isolated from the rest of the earth things happen though not quite as expectedwhile no [...]

    4. Although it is only 176 kindle pages long, Proof of Concept feels like a novel length read Not in the it s just slow and boring and feels like it s taking forever way that one might assume, either Instead, Gwyneth Jones does a great job of giving the reader so much story in a relatively short amount of pages As soon as she establishes the setting, she s off and running The pace is fast, the dialogue is good, and there s enough death to make a sci fi horror hound happy.Gwyneth Jones explores seve [...]

    5. 2.5 stars This was a disappointment, honestly Rushed, didn t establish the world or characters very well, and the ending came out of left field I think this would have worked better as a novel, as there would have been time to establish the world and set things up so that events felt truly shocking and meaningful As it is, I was just kinda confused and stopped caring by the halfway point.

    6. 30% in, and I have no idea what s going on The narrative is all over the place, the dialogue is clunky, and the story just isn t capturing me This is a short read, but I m giving up after two chapters Thanks to Tor for the NetGalley ARC, but this novella just isn t for me.

    7. This review is going to have to be spoilerific so I can talk about this book.SPOILERS AHEAD.This has an interesting idea that is poorly realized.The global ecosystem has pretty much collapsed, so some scientists convince the ultra wealthy One Percent to build an underground lab to test some next gen physics that will enable humanity to travel faster than light apparently by teleporting via quantum entanglement.The Needle, as it s called because something something needle in a haystack , is the t [...]

    8. Received to review via Netgalley publication date 11th April 2017I m not sure if it s my reading comprehension or the book at fault, but I did have some trouble understanding the technology and political background to this There s stuff which is obvious overcrowding has forced people into hive like cities, people want to go to nearby habitable planets and then there s the science and the politics of funding the venture and whatever all that means.However, on the personal level it worked Kir s co [...]

    9. A rare miss for the tor novella line.Earth is a disaster, ravaged by over population and climate change Humanity lives in decaying hive arcologies amid the poisoned and dying planet A project that promises to be the first steps towards getting the masses of humanity off planet via FTL is started deep under the Earth in an abyssal cavity and some of mankind s best and brightest are recruited, including our view point character, a young girl with a quantum computer embedded in her brain.Sounds awe [...]

    10. I found the amount of in universe jargon used for worldbuilding was just about impenetrable Your mileage may vary, but I prefer actual story and less futuristic technobabble.

    11. I m underwhelmed I struggled to connect with this novella from the start maybe I m just overtired jetlagged, but it felt chaotic The twist was telegraphed early, but there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary contortion and obfuscation that reduced the focus on the personal drama and flattened the characters It s not a bad book, but it just didn t work for me.Full review less whelmed the I think about it

    12. Proof of Concept by Gwyneth Jones is a science fictional novella put out by Tor I picked it up based on a recommendation from a friend, and the vague belief that maybe I d like Gwyneth Jones now that I was older.Proof of Concept had some interesting ideas in it but they did not overall make up for certain less interesting aspects of the writing and story To start off, I found the start difficult to follow The actual opening scene was OK, as far as these things go, but the subsequent section whi [...]

    13. Gwyneth Jones s novella Proof of Concept is a densely packed narrative, weaving multiple thematic threads together into a single coherent story The protagonist, a young woman named Kir, was chosen from a life of brutal poverty to be the host to an AI called Altair serving as the biological platform for a software too complex to run solely on inanimate hardware That brutal life was the result of being an outsider, a scav, in a world ruined by ecological collapse leading to a severe population cri [...]

    14. Proof of Concept Tor , by Gwyneth Jones, features another portrayal of an overcrowded, crumbling Earth Here there s a seemingly hopeful twist, as scientists are trying to find a way to get people off the planet to a habitable world One such researcher is Kir, who works out of an underground bunker with a group of other scientists Kir is brought on board because her brain is the home of Altair, a quantum artificial intelligence implanted in her when she was a child When people start dying, Kir te [...]

    15. Novella that s pretty weak tea it s part of a series by TOR that s been stronger with other authors The size is always problematic for me neither a short story nor a novel and often featuring the weaknesses of both So, for me, this one just didn t work The lead Kir was okay as a scavenger child in a degraded and worn down future Earth, but the story would have been better with about that part of her life Most cities have been abandoned for huge structures called hives that exist independently f [...]

    16. This was very underwhelming I don t even know where to start, honestly Here s a list off the top of my head since I didn t take any notes 1 One dimensional characters Lots of Mary Sues and Gary Lous running freely here.2 Not enough world building Likene We re dropped into a world that is supposed to make sense because it s Earth, but doesn t At all.3 For a science fiction book, it didn t explain the science properly Which, actually renders the book kind of pointless.4 Why are we spending so much [...]

    17. There is a really fascinating take on environmental degradation overpopulation that underlies the world building However, the science they reference is way above my head, and they have so much terminology that flies by With a novella it s even harder because there s just so little space within.Perhaps if this was a full length book, I would have gotten out of it But character wise, I couldn t connect with Kir either She was a potentially riveting character, and with a supercomputer in her head [...]

    18. Locked away in an underground bunker a massive cave for a year long experiment to find the secret of star travel, Kir, a young scientist with a super computer in her brain tries to figure out what s really going on.Is it me I read a lot of science fiction, but there were times when I simply didn t follow this Not sure it makes me like it if it makes me feel stupid And I REALLY wanted to like it The blurb for the book explained things fsr clearly than the text did Sadly the jargon, somewhat hazy [...]

    19. Proof of Concept ebook by Gwyneth Jones However much time and money I spent on this book was a waste of both Yes, you did hear me correctly It s not very often I pan a book, but this book deserves it The characters are flat, and not really developed at all The plot is often confusing, and not well managed It was just barely interesting enough that I finished it But just barely I think the author has some real potential, and would love to see her develop her story telling skills Until then, take [...]

    20. I tried really hard to like this The concept was cool, the class division was neat, but on the whole, it felt cold.My big problem is view spoiler the ending comes in the last couple pages, as if the author wrote herself into a corner, and didn t know how to adequately wrap things up Doesn t help that the plot alluded to on the back cover is stretched so thin as to nearly non existent hide spoiler I ll see what the author does next before I decide to stick with her.

    21. Bloated despite being short obvious poorly developed full of possible accurate technobabble that fails to enhance the narrative or provide interest and set a couple centuries from now but feeling as if it would have to be fifty to seventy years from now, there was just nothing I enjoyed about the novella It was short enough that, since it was the only book I had with me on a work day, I ended up reading it all, but only because it was my one choice for a book.

    22. Interesting concept but it was immediately bogged down in the execution.I found it very hard to become engaged with this novel A lot of sci fi ideas are thrown at the reader in the opening, which wouldn t be a problem if it wasn t for the jargon This is done at the same time as the establishment of characters and plot.If people are willing to stick with it, I m sure things will become clearer As a rule, I don t stick with it I received an advanced reader s copy of this novel in exchange for a fa [...]

    23. On a desperately overcrowded future Earth crippled by climate change, the most unlikely hope is better than none Back cover blurb That hooked me into an intelligent, interesting novella whose heroine is a brilliant survivor with a strange companion I m delighted to discover this author and look forward to seeing her other stories.

    24. There are a lot of interesting ideas in this novella However, the curiously passive main character makes much of the story uncompelling For a rule breaking scientist, she doesn t seem to much like figuring things out.

    25. I don t know how I feel about this novella One the one hand I liked the characters and the set up On the other hand I found the plot hard to follow possibly because I kept getting interrupted while reading this and the science very techno babel y

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