A work of SpeculativeFiction by Creator/CharlesStross. Set as a future history of the 21st century, it follows three generations of a family as humanity approaches a technological singularity.

[[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/accelerando/accelerando-intro.html Can be read here.]]
!! This series provides examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: In several manners of speaking.
* ApocalypseHow: A variation on Stellar, in the sense that the solar system isn't destroyed per se, just converted from dumb mass to computronium by the Vile Offspring. The (trans)humans who weren't active (or involuntary) participants got the hell out while the getting was good.
* AugmentedReality: Pretty much everybody.
* BilingualBonus: Aineko's name is derived from 愛猫 ("''aibyō''") which means "pet cat". The second character, 猫, the character for cat is also pronounced "''neko''". If you say "''aineko''" it's also like saying "A.I. neko" since it is also an ArtificialIntelligence.
* BrainUploading: A large part of ''Accelerando'' is from the viewpoint of characters who uploaded themselves as a way of saving space on an interstellar journey
* CatsAreSnarkers / CatsAreSuperior: Aineko lives for this.
* DeusEstMachina: [[spoiler: Aineko, by the end of the book -- and arguably a good bit earlier.]]
* FantasticReligiousWeirdness
** ''Accelerando'' does strange things with the intersection between shari'a and corporate law.
** To say nothing of the difficulties inherent in facing Mecca to pray while you're in space. Praying to an ''image'' of Mecca is evidently an acceptable compromise.
* GenerationalSaga: ''Accelerando'' has three generations of protagonists.
* InvisibleAliens: In ''Accelerando'', they built Matrioshka brains and subsequently vanished. This is, it turns out, the natural course of development for intelligent life: they hit the Singularity, upload their minds into/get consumed by artificial intelligences, and spend the rest of their history centered around a single star, because traveling to another one is just too costly to be worthwhile. Needless to say, humanity faces the same fate.
* MultipleChoicePast: Sirhan has a real one, courtesy of his mother. That is to say, his personality is a merge of at least four different childhoods, grown in parallel.
* NonHumanSidekick: Manfred's cat who is a combination of a TalkingAnimal and RobotBuddy and, it turns out, [[spoiler:is behind almost everything.]]
* OhCrap: When the protagonists realize why the Vile Offspring are resimulating individuals from human history.
* OneWordTitle: ''Accelerando''.
* PatchworkStory: ''Accelerando'' started its life as nine short stories.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Accelerando'' copies a few well-known lines from TheMatrix and {{Film/Aliens}}.
* TheSingularity: The entire point of ''Accelerando''. ''Glasshouse'' on the other hand stars the people who survived it and decided it had been a really bad idea for the most part.
* SpaceElevator: Used by the Matrioshka brain in ''Accelerando'' to disassemble the inner solar system.
* StarfishAliens: The extraterrestrial entities encountered by the passengers of the ''Field Circus'' are almost incomprehensibly different from humanity - one of them isn't even a "real" alien at all, but instead a corporate scam disguised as a digital upload of a naturally evolved organism. The only reason that Amber and Co. are able to communicate with them is because of the hyper-sophisticated translation software they have at their disposal - and even that sometimes fails to get the job done.
** Although not "aliens" per se, the Vile Offspring can also be said to qualify for this trope.
* TranshumanTreachery: The Vile Offspring became so technologically and neurologically divergent to humanity that the humans had to flee the solar system to avoid being being used as Matrioshka Brain feedstock -- along with the planets of said system.