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Macro-Life de George Zebrowski
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Macro-Life (1979 original; edició 1981)

de George Zebrowski (Autor), b/w Illustrations (Il·lustrador)

Sèrie: Macrolife (1)

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Subtitled "A Mobile Utopia," this pioneering novel about the meaning of space habitats for human history, presents spacefaring as no work did in its time, and since. A utopian novel like no other, presenting a dynamic utopian civilization that transcends the failures of our history.  Epic in scope, Macrolife opens in the year 2021. The Bulero family owns one of Earth's richest corporations. As the Buleros gather for a reunion at the family mansion, an industrial accident plunges the corporation into a crisis, which eventually brings the world around them to the brink of disaster. Vilified, the Buleros flee to a space colony where young Richard Bulero gradually realizes that the only hope for humanity lies in macrolife--mobile, self-reproducing space habitats.   A millennium later, these mobile communities have left our sunspace and multiplied. Conflicts with natural planets arise. John Bulero, a cloned descendant of the twenty-first century Bulero clan, falls in love with a woman from a natural world and experiences the harshness of her way of life. He rediscovers his roots when his mobile returns to the solar system, and a tense confrontation of three civilizations takes place.   One hundred billion years later, macrolife, now as numerous as the stars, faces the impending death of nature. Regaining his individuality by falling away from a highly evolved macrolife, a strangely changed John Bulero struggles to see beyond a collapse of the universe into a giant black hole.   Inspired by the possibilities of space settlements, projections of biology and cosmology, and basic human longings, Macrolife is a visionary speculation on the long-term future of human and natural history. Filled with haunting images and memorable characters, this is a vivid and brilliant work.… (més)
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Títol:Macro-Life
Autors:George Zebrowski (Autor)
Altres autors:b/w Illustrations (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Avon Books (1981), Edition: First Edition
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Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia de George Zebrowski (1979)

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I picked this up as one of the few sf novels set in 2021; the other two (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and The Children of Men) are better, and also only half of this is set in 2021, the rest being in the year 3000. At the end of the first half of the book, the planet earth disintegrates due to some carelessly wielded new technology. I can say with confidence that this is the most pessimistic of all of the future 2021s I looked at. The rest of the book sees the remnants of humanity zipping between star systems on a converted asteroid, occasionally descending to settled planets to bonk some of the primitives and fight some of the others, and eventually achieve transcendence. The book seems to have a lot of fans who feel it had an important Message. Frankly it seemed to me much the same plot as the Cities in Flight series, with perhaps a little jazzed-up tech (but really only a little). ( )
  nwhyte | Jan 30, 2021 |
Starts off interesting but then in the second half it takes some time off to retell the most cliched story of advanced civilisation visiting a backwards planet you have ever read in your life after which it goes completely off-the-rails until the end. Do yourself a favour and stop at the end of part one. I rate the book highly mostly because it has some novel ideas. Pity about the delivery - the characters and plot are just a poor excuse to explore the space colony ideas. 5 minutes after finishing the book I can't tell you anything about the protagonist(s?). ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Excellent book with loads of ideas and thoughts. Suffered a bit from weak characterization in the early part but pulled this back in the second section. Just great and clearly ahead of its time. ( )
  eoinpurcell | Jul 25, 2010 |
George Zebrowski's Macrolife is concerned not just with the human species but what comes after the human species, not just with new methods of travel but a new way of life, not just with thousands or millions of years, but billions, and not just with this universe but what follows. -- Masterpieces of Science Fiction
Macrolife is a major vision of social intelligence transforming the cosmos. -- Ian Watson
  Rickmas | Jan 1, 2007 |
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Subtitled "A Mobile Utopia," this pioneering novel about the meaning of space habitats for human history, presents spacefaring as no work did in its time, and since. A utopian novel like no other, presenting a dynamic utopian civilization that transcends the failures of our history.  Epic in scope, Macrolife opens in the year 2021. The Bulero family owns one of Earth's richest corporations. As the Buleros gather for a reunion at the family mansion, an industrial accident plunges the corporation into a crisis, which eventually brings the world around them to the brink of disaster. Vilified, the Buleros flee to a space colony where young Richard Bulero gradually realizes that the only hope for humanity lies in macrolife--mobile, self-reproducing space habitats.   A millennium later, these mobile communities have left our sunspace and multiplied. Conflicts with natural planets arise. John Bulero, a cloned descendant of the twenty-first century Bulero clan, falls in love with a woman from a natural world and experiences the harshness of her way of life. He rediscovers his roots when his mobile returns to the solar system, and a tense confrontation of three civilizations takes place.   One hundred billion years later, macrolife, now as numerous as the stars, faces the impending death of nature. Regaining his individuality by falling away from a highly evolved macrolife, a strangely changed John Bulero struggles to see beyond a collapse of the universe into a giant black hole.   Inspired by the possibilities of space settlements, projections of biology and cosmology, and basic human longings, Macrolife is a visionary speculation on the long-term future of human and natural history. Filled with haunting images and memorable characters, this is a vivid and brilliant work.

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