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The Stars Are Also Fire de Poul Anderson
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The Stars Are Also Fire (1994 original; edició 1994)

de Poul Anderson

Sèrie: Harvest of Stars (2)

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Humans and their genetically altered descendants struggle to find their place in a universe controlled by a benevolent artificial intelligence in this brilliant classic of future speculation On a far-future Earth, a linked system of artificial intelligences called the cybercosm runs the planet and the universe far more efficiently than any flesh and blood ruler ever could, in essence rendering the human race obsolete. On the Earth's moon, genetically engineered Lunarians carrying the DNA of Dagney Beynac--a descendant of the legendary Anton Guthrie, founder of the powerful and visionary Fireball Enterprises--struggle to preserve their lives, their freedom, and their satellite's resources in the face of threats posed by encroaching humans and controlling machines. Over a span of five centuries, tensions have increased in the wake of the political and technological revolutions that reshaped their universe. And suddenly radical change is in the offing once more, as a secret kept hidden since the earliest days of Lunar colonization is about to be revealed--one that could effectively shut down the cybercosm and plunge the universe into chaos.   Poul Anderson advances the worlds-shattering circumstances he so brilliantly introduced in Harvest of Stars, creating a vision of the future that is at once astonishing, provocative, and troubling. A true science fiction classic, The Stars Are Also Fire explores deep questions about the nature, complexity, and worth of humankind in an unforgettable novel considered by many to be Anderson's masterpiece.… (més)
Membre:Mr.Halloween
Títol:The Stars Are Also Fire
Autors:Poul Anderson
Informació:Tor Books (1994), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 413 pages
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Etiquetes:Sci-Fi, 1st, E, $23

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The Stars Are Also Fire de Poul Anderson (1994)

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Nicely paced and plotted story with a nicely converged past and present timeline, but like much scifi of this period, it comes to the end trying to resolve metaphysical issues while trying to stay true to it's philosophical materialism and so is ultimately unsatisfying. ( )
  nimrodxi | May 4, 2014 |
Billions and billions of years ago when I first bought and read Harvest of Stars and its sequel The Stars Are Also Fire, I loved those books. I can't remember or imagine why. Before embarking upon a reread I could remember nothing about either book, and that's usually a bad sign--that it didn't make a lasting impression, even though plenty of books--often much shorter and read even longer ago--made a bigger impact.

Usually though, even if I've outgrown a book, I can remember and understand what I once loved in it. Even if I don't remember the book at first, I can get glimmers why. For the life of me I don't get why this book once appealed to me. I didn't connect with the characters and this time around I found the novel tedious, preachy, bloated. With Harvest of Stars I thought it might be the libertarian themes that attracted me--I was a newly minted libertarian back when I first read this and it was fun, even a thrill, to see my beliefs reflected back at me in fiction. Doing a reread of a lot of such books this year, I find few hold up well. It's not that I've changed in my worldview, it's that I have a lot less patience for being preached at even when I agree with the views presented. A liberal friend of mine says if anything she holds books that fit her worldview to a higher standard, because if it fails it's like letting the cause down.

I guess I'm with her in this, but even books of libertarian science fiction by L. Neil Smith, James P. Hogan and J. Neil Schulman I didn't love as much as I once did upon reread were memorable and engaging in ways this one wasn't. It was just soooooooooo slow and after reading a hundred pages, seeing there was still 400 plus pages to go I could only whimper... That makes it quite a bit worse actually than Harvest of Stars, which if it had some of the same flaws, didn't make me so impatient to be done. I should add, I still found The High Crusade a blast, and am enjoying my reread so far of Three Hearts and Three Lions. So it's not that I wouldn't recommend Poul Anderson--just not this one. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Jul 20, 2013 |
A gripping and nuanced exploration of humanity's long-term options. Anderson convincingly shows how human imagination and dogged stubbornness eventually knock down the most daunting obstacles. Along with "Harvest of Stars," this is a must-read for anyone interested in technology and politics. ( )
  KevinCudby | May 29, 2013 |
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  acherm | Jun 19, 2008 |
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Humans and their genetically altered descendants struggle to find their place in a universe controlled by a benevolent artificial intelligence in this brilliant classic of future speculation On a far-future Earth, a linked system of artificial intelligences called the cybercosm runs the planet and the universe far more efficiently than any flesh and blood ruler ever could, in essence rendering the human race obsolete. On the Earth's moon, genetically engineered Lunarians carrying the DNA of Dagney Beynac--a descendant of the legendary Anton Guthrie, founder of the powerful and visionary Fireball Enterprises--struggle to preserve their lives, their freedom, and their satellite's resources in the face of threats posed by encroaching humans and controlling machines. Over a span of five centuries, tensions have increased in the wake of the political and technological revolutions that reshaped their universe. And suddenly radical change is in the offing once more, as a secret kept hidden since the earliest days of Lunar colonization is about to be revealed--one that could effectively shut down the cybercosm and plunge the universe into chaos.   Poul Anderson advances the worlds-shattering circumstances he so brilliantly introduced in Harvest of Stars, creating a vision of the future that is at once astonishing, provocative, and troubling. A true science fiction classic, The Stars Are Also Fire explores deep questions about the nature, complexity, and worth of humankind in an unforgettable novel considered by many to be Anderson's masterpiece.

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