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Eternity Artifact (edició 2006)
de L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Autor)
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The Eternity Artifact de L. E. Modesitt
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Good 'ancient aliens' book. Not very kind to religions. I liked how the writing style changed as the book moved from character to character. ( )
Very boring scifi. Modesitt can suck the fun and excitement out of even the most amazing alien tech.
I generally find things to like about Modesitt's novels. Typically his characters are forced to make hard decisions and then live with the consequences of those decisions. Typically he pays attention to economics and how they shape a society and the lives of its citizens. Typically his characters have to deal with their fare share of drudgery and boredom rather than bouncing effortlessly through an unending succession of fantastic adventures. On the other hand, there have been times when in reading his novels it felt to me like he was telling more or less exactly the same story over and over and over.
This one felt different: a bit less rigorous, but quite a bit more fun. That's a tradeoff that I was happy to make. I liked and cared about the characters that I was supposed to like and care about. There were a few basic plot aspects that left me perplexed, but I didn't really care.
Written from the standpoint of multiple first persons -- Goodman/Bond the armorer tech/spy; Fitzhugh the professor; Barna the artist and Chang the pilot. everything a science fiction book should be --from the discovery of the Danann world to the artifact they discovered, to the various hypothesis postulated and to the space battles. Couldn't help but root for Fitzhugh and Chang to get together in the end as well.
This is the second time I have read this novel and I liked the first time but I like it better after reading it a second time. Modesitt always offers subtle questions about deep subjects beneath a veneer of dramatic action. This novel is very good.
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5,000 years in the future, humankind has spread across thousands of worlds, and more than a dozen different governments exist in an uneasy truce. But human beings have found no signs of other life anywhere approaching human intelligence. This changes when scientists discover a sunless planet they name Danann, travelling the void just beyond the edge of the Galaxy at such a high speed that it cannot be natural. Its continents and oceans have been sculpted and shaped, with but a single megaplex upon it--close to perfectly preserved--with tens of thousands of near-identical metallic-silver-blue towers set along curved canals. Yet Danann has been abandoned for so long that even the atmosphere has frozen solid. Within a few years Danann will approach an area of singularities that will make exploration and investigation impossible. Orbital shuttle pilot Jiendra Chang, artist Chendor Barna, and history professor Liam Fitzhugh are recruited by the Comity government and its Deep Space Service, along with scores of other experts as part of an unprecedented and unique expedition to unravel Danann's secrets. And there are forces that will stop at nothing to prevent them, even if it means interstellar war.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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