Echoes of Earth (Orphans Series #1)

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In the early 22nd century, humans' electronic reproductions, known as engrams, have been sent on fact-finding missions throughout the known universe-searching for signs of alien life.

But what they find exceeds their wildest dreams-in nightmarish proportions.

"Includes one of the most heart-stopping moments I've encountered in a novel in ...

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Overview

In the early 22nd century, humans' electronic reproductions, known as engrams, have been sent on fact-finding missions throughout the known universe-searching for signs of alien life.

But what they find exceeds their wildest dreams-in nightmarish proportions.

"Includes one of the most heart-stopping moments I've encountered in a novel in years." (Jack McDevitt)

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Sean Williams and Shane Dix, co-authors of the popular Evergence trilogy, have joined talents again in Echoes of Earth, the story of a crew of engrams (electronic duplicates of real crew members) aboard a survey ship that discovers advanced alien intelligence. The engram crew is one of many sent throughout the universe to look for life. After centuries of searching, the engram crew of theFrank Tipler watches as huge orbital towers are built around a remote planet's equator by strange spindle-shaped entities. Upon further inspection by engram Peter Alander, he finds the towers contain miraculous gifts from a benevolent alien race, from a faster-than-light ship to a map of the universe to immortality. But when Alander takes the ship and returns to Earth with the great news, he finds Earth gone.
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Includes one of the most heart-stopping moments I've encountered in a novel in years.
Jack McDevitt
Includes one of the most heart-stopping moments I've encountered in a novel in years.
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Let it be known from the start, this book is true hard science fiction—that is, the science depicted within is technically correct as an extrapolation of present-day knowledge. This characteristic places the novel within the long tradition of Anderson, Asimov, Brin, and Clark. Sent out to explore the universe, the protagonist is a software personality (engram) based on Peter Alander, a human living light-years away back on Earth—interesting in concept but not compelling in execution. When the Alander copy and its fellow crewmembers discover a treasure-trove of alien knowledge, they are faced with the question of whether this knowledge should be shared with their prototypes and the rest of Earth's inhabitants. Williams and Dix are known for their examinations of complex issues, and in this first volume of their Orphan trilogy, they take a long look at what it means to be human. It takes the reader some effort—and a feeling for present-day science—to enter Peter Alander's world, but a thoughtful reader who perseveres is presented with ideas worth contemplating. The characters, however, are wooden and lack credibility, which will prove off-putting to some readers. This novel will appeal to senior high readers who enjoy challenging, science-based SF. Glossary. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2002, Ace, 413p,
— Marsha Valance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441008926
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Series: Orphans Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

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    You will be stunned. The personalities are real, flawed, and engage your hopes, and your anger at their failings. The story line is astoundingly complex, and intellectually challenging. The varying levels of scientific sophistication in the several human and alien civilizations challenge the mind, and are based on plausible and sober projections of known trends in science. I was just flabbergasted to find such sophistication in a science fiction novel. The much touted 'Foundation' trilogy, by Azimov, is intellectually thin, with wooden character development, in comparison with the plot, personalities, and layers of conflict, doubt, and confusion to which the protagonists in Echoes of Earth must react. There is no puerile Hollywood ending. Read this for realistic (plausible) projections of future science, human evolution, and a rip-roaring mystery. Goodness me. What a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    Why?

    I just finished reading 'Orphans of Earth', the second in this series and after both books asked myself, 'Why?' Why would Williams & Dix, two of my preferred authors, write such disappointing junk? I have certainly enjoyed their books in the past. I read a lot of science fiction and these books are not IMHO up to the standards the authors have set for themselves in the past. Why would I continue to read these books? In hind sight I should have quit when I first commented to my wife that I felt like I was wasting my time. The potential was there but this series just doesn't deliver. There are too many really good books to read with too little reading time available to wade through this kind of stuff. I see there is a third one now ...NO WAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    A multi-faceted thriller that will leave you wanting more!

    The authors have created a spellbinding tale that draws you into the characters quickly and deeply. The plot is crafted in such a way as to lead you to conclusions that make the true outcome even more enjoyable. And the ending is complete enough to give closure, yet open enough to see many future possibilities. Truly an outstanding read.

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