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"Anderson, far more than many newer science fiction writers, takes the trouble to envision a genuinely strange, complex future for mankind."—The Washington Post
Posted January 26, 2006
I like this book because the author dares to make you suck up the fact you're not invincible, immortal, or have magic powers. No, you can't break lightspeed and ye can't jump back or forward in time. Instead you make this wonderous world where your inventions do all the work. Then you get spoiled, play lots of games, get bored, look at shadows, then quit. It's real quiet on earth without people. Nothing goes extinct, everything's in harmony, and so on. Our hybrid selves are so human, they don't give a hoot that humans are extinct down the road. Well, one of them considers not letting the earth get blown up at least. More interesting is the other node thing that brings humans back. An extinct species being recreated by the thing it created a billion years ago is something else. Still more interesting is the implication that the thing we invented is learning how to be a proper god by minimizing it's 'divine interventions'. It wouldn't want us to get bored again, would it? Maybe I spoiled the story, but there's your meaning of life and why does God let bad things happen stuff balled into one answer for you. :) My respects to Mr. Anderson. Mayhap he has a few more answers now, but I like to think he had the right of it before departing this earth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2001
Anderson has a very interesting idea here: about computers scattered all over the universe talking to each other, he just doesn't have much of a story. Jumps in computer technology are interspersed with little, unsatisfying 'meanwhile-back-on earth' subplots that end abruptly and have no real rhyme or reason. He was still doing the set-up for the plot, assuming there ever was one, halfway through the book when I bailed out at the prospect of another barbarian story. In the spirit of Samuel Goldwyn telling us to call Western Union if we want to send a message, write nonfiction if you want to discuss an idea.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2000
My problem is not with the content of this book. Anderson's story is enjoyable, thought-provoking, and it moves fast. The author has spent a considerable amount of time THINKING and his ideas make for an exciting story. The ending possibly could have been more satisfying, but it made a point, nonetheless. My problem with this ebook is the FORMAT. When I spend nearly $20 on an ebook, I expect it to look like more than a poorly downloaded URL. The format of this ebook is very unprofessional and there are some errors in the text. Those might be in the printed copy, as well. However, TOR--the publisher--doesn't have to pay for the paper, printing, and binding of an ebook. You would think that they would put a little effort into making the e-edition acceptible. Think again. Buy the print edition.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2000
Poul Anderson is normal an excellent author to read. However, I didn't find this book especially enjoyable. It is a bleak future where man is the only intelligent species in the galaxy. To explore space a person has his mind downloaded into a probe because there is no way to break the light barrier. Upon their death a person is downloaded into a massive planet wide artificial intelligence where they become little more than databases for the AI to access. This book is infinitly more frightening in its outlook on the future than any apocalyptic or end of days bookin that man does this to himself whether than having it done to him my a god, nature, or highly advanced beings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2011
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