Mission to Minerva

Mission to Minerva

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by James P. Hogan

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Earth is adapting to a future of amicable coexistence with the advanced aliens from Thurien, descended from ancestors who once inhabited Minerva, a vanished planet of the Solar System. The plans of the distantly related humans on the rogue world Jevlen to eliminate their ancient Terran rivals and take over the Thurien system of worlds have been thwarted, but the


Earth is adapting to a future of amicable coexistence with the advanced aliens from Thurien, descended from ancestors who once inhabited Minerva, a vanished planet of the Solar System. The plans of the distantly related humans on the rogue world Jevlen to eliminate their ancient Terran rivals and take over the Thurien system of worlds have been thwarted, but the mystery remains of how it was possible for the fleeing Jevlenese leaders to have been flung back across space and time to reappear at Minerva before the time of its destruction. Victor Hunt and a group of his colleagues travel to Thurien to conduct a joint investigation with the alien scientists into the strange physics of interconnectedness between the countless alternate universes that constitute ultimate reality. When their discoveries lead first to bizarre communication with bewildered counterparts in other universes, and thence to the possibility of physical travel, the notion is conceived of sending a mission back to the former world of Minerva with the startling objective of creating a new family of realities in which its destruction is avoided. But Imares Broghuilio, the deposed Jevlenese leader, along with several thousand dedicated followers with five heavily armed starships, are already there. And they have a score to settle.

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Publishers Weekly
In Hogan's intriguing fifth SF novel in the series that began with Inherit the Stars (1978), Earth has reestablished contact with the Ganymeans, an alien race that manipulated proto-humans into homo sapiens on Minerva, a planet that once occupied the region of the present asteroid belt. After the Ganymeans migrated to the Giants' Star 20 light-years from Earth, a war on Minerva caused by intelligences from an alternate reality-one of an infinite number suggested by the Multiverse hypothesis-led to the planet's destruction. Now, several decades into the 21st century, people on Earth have developed a means of exploring these realities, including one in which Minerva still exists, and mount a rescue mission to prevent the war on Minerva. While the need to establish the backstory slows the book's first half, Hogan does an excellent job of extrapolating the science from current theories of quantum physics. The second half moves briskly and logically to a satisfying climax, though the villain is straight out of James Bond. Readers who like their science hard will find this one a diamond. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Latest in the Giants' Star series. Hogan (Martian Knightlife, 2001, etc.) begins with a long, dry and almost impenetrable summary of the series' backstory. The main narrative opens on Earth, where Dr. Victor Hunt, deputy director of physics for the UNSA (the successor to NASA) receives a call on his cell phone . . . from himself. Or, rather, from a version of himself who inhabits a parallel universe. He quickly realizes that only the Thuriens, giant inhabitants of the planet Minerva, can help him understand the exchange of information between two different universes. So an expedition from Earth is sent to Minerva, including senior UNSA scientist Christian Danchekker and his cousin Mildred, a liberal Australian political scientist Danchekker didn't at all want to spend more time with. After a quick journey, the scientists find themselves involved in exploring the nature of the Multiverse, in which all possible variations on our world coexist. Various paradoxical events begin to occur as they set up the powerful Thurien machine meant to explore the problem. They eventually realize that alternate versions of themselves are emerging into the current reality, interacting with them, and then returning to their own world lines, unaware that anything strange has occurred. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the FBI is after Hunt for having dropped an insider trading hint to one of his friends based on information learned from his alternate self. Hogan plays interesting games with ideas from the cutting edge of physics, but his characters are predominantly mouthpieces and his plot moves at a glacial pace. For die-hard fans only.

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Giants Series, #5
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James P. Hogan is a science fiction writer in the grand tradition, combining informed and accurate speculation from the cutting edge of science and technology with suspenseful story-telling and living, breathing characters. His first novel was greeted by Isaac Asimov with the rave, 'Pure science fiction . . . Arthur Clarke, move over!' and his subsequent work quickly consolidated his reputation as a major SF author. He has written nearly twenty novels including Cradle of Saturn and Bug Park (both Baen), the Giants series (Del Rey), the New York Times bestsellers The Proteus Operation and Endgame Enigma and the Prometheus Award Winner The Multiplex Man.

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Mission to Minerva 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Draconigena More than 1 year ago
As with all of Hogan's books, I enjoyed this a lot. For any reader new to Hogan's works, however, I would suggest they bone up on quantum mechanics because the first half of this book is steep in theory and you don't really get to the meat of the story until about half way through the book. Hogan fans will love it. Casual SciFi readers, however, might find themselves in over their heads with extremely technical leading-edge theory discussions.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone one described James P. Hogan as the author who put science back in science fiction. Well he sure lives up to that billing here. True, some of the quantum physics can get a little dense, but overall, the author does a good job of extending his Giants series of novels.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On earth, deputy director of physics for the UNSA, Dr. Victor Hunt receives a call from an older Dr. Victor Hunt inhabitant of a parallel universe. Victor knows that only the Thuriens of the planet Minerva, who once occupied this solar system, can interpret this odd exchange between two Hunts residing in differing universes................. UNSA puts together a team to journey to Minerva to obtain assistance. The scientists soon explore the Multiverse, in which all endless deviations of ¿this¿ world exist. However, problems have surfaced causing paradoxical events that cross the multiverse for instance on the earth¿s moon a human skeleton in a weird spacesuit was found. Knowing that something is wrong, the earth scientists deploy a Thurien machine to investigate the phenomena of apparently their counterparts crossing into this reality for a time....................... MISSION TO MINERVA is a complex tale that is not easy to grasp because scientific theory is a major element that at times overwhelms the fiction. When James P. Hogan goes into overdrive explaining what is going on from a theoretical perspective, the audience will be fascinated but the plot stalls and for some it will be boring. Newcomers to the Giant Stars tales are provided with an introduction from the ¿past¿, but that too is imbued with much of the latest in physics making that is somewhat difficult to follow. Still worth reading for those who prefer the over the edge science as the solid foundation to their sci fi, but this novel clearly need a week to complete the project............. Harriet Klausner