The Observers
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The Observers

by S. Gill Williamson
     
 

In Jurassic time, when dinosaurs reigned supreme, an alien civilization of tiny micro-robotic natural historians arrived on Earth. Enmeshing the entire planet in a web of sophisticated sensors and using computer and information technology perfected over billions of years, they have recorded, catalogued, and studied everything that has happened since their arrival.… See more details below

Overview

In Jurassic time, when dinosaurs reigned supreme, an alien civilization of tiny micro-robotic natural historians arrived on Earth. Enmeshing the entire planet in a web of sophisticated sensors and using computer and information technology perfected over billions of years, they have recorded, catalogued, and studied everything that has happened since their arrival. Reclusive in the extreme, they have never interfered with Earth's history.

Never until now.

Matthew Crigler, a young professor of geophysics, is the first human to be directly contacted by the aliens. He becomes trapped in a strange plan to help them gradually introduce themselves to the human race. The power of the microrobots to acquire at will information about what is going on in homes, offices, and top secret government labs soon becomes apparent to Matthew. Their ability to make sentient virtual copies of life forms, including humans, brings into question the very meaning of life and death. The increasing awareness among humans that the past is not a matter of speculation and the present is without privacy leads to a series of social transformations that greatly alter the human race.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595394784
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.41(d)

What People are saying about this

Vernor Vinge
"One of the intriguing things about our era is that so many ancient imponderable questions about identity, mortality, self-awareness, are becoming concretely ponderable. Of course, in some cases the resolution may be "This question is ill-posed"!

The Observers gives us a chance to look at these questions and possible consequences of dealing with them. As the years pass (barring physical disaster that trashes technology) such stories should stay at the leading edge of insight.

Beyond even the questions of identity and self-awareness, The Observers also takes on questions about the universe as a whole. In the last chapter, The Observers brings up an interesting possibility: We, and creatures like the Observers, and all their successors, may not be (or should not be) passive players. In this view, we may be building heaven. Success in that endeavor is not a sure thing and it may forever be a work in progress (thus explaining the Problem of Evil), even involving the creation of successor universes in which higher goals are accessible."--(Vernor Vinge, Author)

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