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Seveneves: A Novel de Neal Stephenson
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Seveneves: A Novel (edició 2015)

de Neal Stephenson (Autor)

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Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
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Títol:Seveneves: A Novel
Autors:Neal Stephenson (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 880 pages
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Seveneves de Neal Stephenson

  1. 40
    Anathem de Neal Stephenson (Mind_Booster_Noori)
  2. 40
    Red Mars de Kim Stanley Robinson (psybre)
    psybre: Each book contains detailed methods and thinking that goes into solving space-colonization and space disaster issues. They also infuse the issues with politics.
  3. 20
    The Forge of God de Greg Bear (JGolomb)
    JGolomb: All life on Earth is ending, and humanity runs for the stars
  4. 10
    The Martian de Andy Weir (hoddybook)
    hoddybook: Engineering solutions in stressful conditions.
  5. 10
    Reamde de Neal Stephenson (bookfitz)
  6. 00
    The Calculating Stars de Mary Robinette Kowal (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: When disaster hits and earth becomes uninhabitable, what happens next? Kowal's book is set in the 1950s, but should still satisfy the same itch that Seveneves does.
  7. 00
    Lucifer's Hammer de Larry Niven (Cecrow)
  8. 00
    Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia de George Zebrowski (tetrachromat)
  9. 11
    Schismatrix Plus de Bruce Sterling (szarka)
    szarka: Seveneves and Sterling's Shapers-Mechanists stories are both concerned with what happens to humanity over long spans of time.
  10. 22
    Ringworld de Larry Niven (JGolomb)
  11. 01
    The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains de Nicholas Carr (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both books are about social media and connectedness turning people into bad decision makers.
  12. 12
    Aurora de Kim Stanley Robinson (JGolomb)
    JGolomb: Earth looks to space to save humankind. Seveneves is much better.
  13. 03
    The Foundation Trilogy de Isaac Asimov (BeckyJG)
    BeckyJG: Both are narratives with a big, optimistic vision of the future of humanity.
  14. 011
    The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings de J. R. R. Tolkien (JGolomb)
    JGolomb: While not fantasy, Stephenson's work does an amazing job of building Middle-Earth-like mythology.
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Anglès (198)  Alemany (2)  Francès (1)  Finès (1)  Danès (1)  Totes les llengües (203)
Es mostren 1-5 de 203 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A fantastic hard sci-fi thriller with satisfying twists. You could gripe about the end, and people do. But not me. ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
The first two-thirds are a brilliant exploration of the engineering, te chnology, and adaptability required to save a sliver of humanity from global disaster by building a "Cloud Ark" centred on the ISS. The character development and narrative drive are lacking, but the technological wizardry is excellent. This would have given it 4/5 stars but.... the final third is a sudden jarring jump to 5000 years later, with new characters, a whole slice of genetic determinism, and a dated Cold War vibe that made it unreadable for me. ( )
  SChant | Nov 10, 2021 |
This book took me an awfully long time to finish, and not just because of its hefty page count.

Neal Stephenson's writing style is certainly something. At times enthralling; other times, highly tedious.

The first section had me hooked, despite some questionable choices in the character narratives (such as very matter-of-fact descriptions of who was banging whom). I lost steam in the middle, becoming frustrated by interpersonal dramas and the stodgy pacing. At this point it became clear to me that vast swathes of the book were an academic exercise, which seemed incongruous with the petty human squabbles that came to dominate the plot; if this is a moral about how humankind will always have assholes, it's heavy-handed and trite.

Had the book ended two thirds through, with the seven Eves landing at Cleft, I would have given a more favourable review: it reached a satisfying conclusion. But the book just went on... and on...

The fact I still had several hundred pages to go at that point utterly undermined the tension that was being built. I was sure that at least some characters would survive, or else what was the rest of the book full of? Verbose descriptions of printer paper?

I had wondered why the final section wasn't spun off into a sequel, but the truth is: it only holds up as an addendum, as you'd have to do a lot of work to make that world plausible to a new reader. This is one of the real strengths of Stephenson's writing - by that point, it feels entirely plausible. It has just the right mix of current real world technologies, along with intelligent speculation, that builds layer upon layer of a coherent but utterly fantastical scenario. The Pingers, however, seem utterly absurd... I'd trade 100 pages of pointless exposition for a morsel on those mutants - I feel like they demanded a better explanation than he gave, but the fact that he left the details very minimal was probably a wise decision.

Honestly I would love to read more stories set in this rich world, as long as they're not written by Stephenson.

...who am I kidding, I'd pick up a sequel if there was one...

Worth the effort? Yes, but ultimately: a frustrating book. Moments of sheer brilliance murdered by verbosity. ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
This book finally answers the burning question about what would happen if you sent Malala Yousafzai, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and Clair Underwood into space in a three-part somewhat unrelated series that probably should have been two (or more) books. O, it was also a good metaphor for Donald Trump's rise in America at one point but that was like 600 pages ago so I forgot it. Really though, the book is classic Neal Stephenson (i.e. good and interesting), but it's definitely not my favorite effort by him. It actually may be my least favorite book of his but it's nonetheless enjoyable if a bit of a slog. There's also some weird anti-US government bureaucracy/pro-Communist dictatorship flavor for a bit but I'll chalk that up to my hyper-awareness of such things and also relative lack of countries who can reliably fling things into space. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Like so many people, I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of this book. I wouldn't say I loved it, for I'm not particularly attached to hard-edged sci-fi like Seveneves. I found the story fascinating and did learn some things about orbital mechanics, but it did drone on and on and I found myself begging for the abridged version more than once.

Once I hit the turning point around the 2/3rd mark, any connection I had with the story that was pulling me along was suddenly gone. I tried for another 50 pages or so to keep it up, but my interest had vanished. This one is a did-not-finish. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 203 (següent | mostra-les totes)
"Seveneves" is as hard as "hard science fiction" gets: cool bits of science and speculation about the future of technology, space and culture, with a plot and dialogue bolted on to make it more enjoyable to follow. That said, Stephenson's speculation is fascinating. He's got a lot to say about the physics of whips, glider transportation, military robotics, and everything else that can be crammed into his premise.
 
"None of this makes Seveneves the kind of hard SF in which you see a writer dutifully populating his universe with characters who have feelings even though you can tell he just wants to write about giant space gadgets. Stephenson’s people are vivid and terrified: they bicker and cry and perform heroic deeds."
afegit per bookfitz | editaThe Guardian, Steven Poole (May 13, 2015)
 
"No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them."
afegit per bookfitz | editaKirkus Reviews (Mar 15, 2015)
 
"Stephenson’s remarkable novel is deceptively complex, a disaster story and transhumanism tale that serves as the delivery mechanism for a series of technical and sociological visions."
afegit per bookfitz | editaPublishers Weekly (Mar 9, 2015)
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Stephenson, Nealautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hawker, BenResearcherautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Tobin, PaulResearcherautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brooke, PeterNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Damron, WillNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Galamb, ZoltánTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Johnson, AdamDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Knowles, JonathanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kowal, Mary RobinetteNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pearce, ChristianIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Romero, Pedro JorgeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stingl, NikolausTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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“I pronounce a curse,” she said. Luisa let out an exasperated sigh. “This is not a curse that I create. It is not a curse on your children. No. I have never been as bad as you all think that I am. This is a curse that you have created, by doing this thing that you are about to do. And it is a curse upon my children. Because I know. I see how it is to be. I am the evil one. The cannibal. The one who would not go along. My children, no matter what decision I make, will forever be different from your children. Because make no mistake. What you have decided to do is to create new races. Seven new races. They will be separate and distinct forever, as much as you, Moira, are from Ivy. They will never merge into a single human race again, because that is not the way of humanity. Thousands of years from now, the descendants of you six will look at my descendants and say, ‘Ah, look, there is a child of Aïda, the cannibal, the evil one, the cursed one.’ They will cross the street to avoid my children; they will spit on the ground. This is the thing that you have done by making this decision. I will shape my child—my children, for I shall have many—to bear up under this curse. To survive it. And to prevail.” Aïda swept her gaze around the room, staring with her deep black eyes into the face of each of the other women in turn, then looked into the window and locked eyes with Dinah.
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