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Unsong by Scott Alexander


Kabbalah is true, all patterns are meaningful, and the world runs on a combination of strained analogy and wordplay. Big Silicon Valley corporations copyright the Names of God and make a killing. International diplomats transform the ancient conflict between Heaven and Hell into a US-Soviet proxy war. An autistic archangel and his eight-year old apprentice laboriously debug the laws of physics. A group of billionaires hire a magical ship to go find God and tell Him what He’s doing wrong. Cells of militant Unitarians harbor dangerous placebo terrorists. And amateur kabbalist Aaron Smith-Teller, distant relative of nuclear physicist Edward Teller (“Not ushering in the apocalypse is not really a family strong point”) discovers a legendary Name of God and hatches a plan to usher in the Messianic age from his home computer, which goes exactly as well as you would expect.

A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Aug 23, 2016


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When is a bible like a Raven?

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Oct 21, 2016: Unsong is a pun lover’s dream. Lets just get that out of the way. If you don’t like puns, just walk away.

Still here? Good. Many of the puns in question relate to the Bible, and kaballah. You don’t have to know anything about kaballah, but some of the jokes make more sense if you do. The story has several seperate plot lines all in motion, and is slowly weaving them together. There are also regular extra bits and pieces, news [more . . .]

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Sing it, Scott

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Sep 30, 2016: One description of Unsong could be theology students as computer hackers, if the computer was a geocentric universe powered by the names of God and the hacking was essentially magic.

So: The universe is slowly falling apart, the devil is a major player in world politics (who is upfront about his wish to kill you now and then torture you forever), God is missing and the best chance humanity has to keep power in this new world (the names of God) [more . . .]

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