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Dark Light (Engines of Light) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ken MacLeod
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24. Oktober 2002 Engines of Light
The Second Sphere is thousands of light years away from Earth - if Earth still exists. For Matt Cairns and the cosmonauts of the Bright Star, this distant corner of the galaxy is their new home. But the Second Sphere is also home to other civilisations, lifted from their worlds by a race of god-like aliens. On Croatan, two of these civilisations live a precarious co-existence, separated by eons of technological advance. The arrival of the Bright Star is an event that may trigger disaster, for this is the first human-crewed starship to arrive at the ancient colony. And all the time, hidden among the stars, the gods are watching. They have always been watching. Find out more about this title and others at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orbit; Auflage: New edition (24. Oktober 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1841491098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491097
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 17,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 380.309 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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With his sharp, fast-paced, challenging novel Dark Light (sequel to the Prometheus Award-nominated Cosmonaut Keep in the Engines of Light series), Ken MacLeod reaffirms why he is science fiction's hottest new writer at the turn of the millennium.

From the days of the dinosaurs, mysterious aliens have been transporting earthly life forms across the galaxy to the worlds of the Second Sphere. Here, the descendants of humans abducted from the Stone Age and from colonial America coexist with dinosaurs--and with the saurs, their intelligent descendants, who are technologically superior to the humans. This arrangement is disturbed by the arrival of nearly immortal (but far from indestructible) humans from 21st-century Earth--men like Matt Cairns, who have no desire to let the secret of interstellar flight remain in the hands of the inscrutable, almost godlike aliens.

In addition to the Engines of Light series, MacLeod has written the Fall Revolution quartet: The Cassini Division (a Nebula Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist); The Star Fraction (a Prometheus Award winner); The Stone Canal (also a Prometheus Award winner); and The Sky Road (a Hugo Award finalist and recipient of the British SF Association Award). --Cynthia Ward -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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A modern-day George Orwell SFX A hectic ride, through slaloms of audacious complexity, irreverent ingenuity and paradox as purposeful as it is playful GUARDIAN

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Guter Science Fiction, mäßiger Ken MacLeod 14. Mai 2002
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Vorweg: Dark Light ist der zweite Teil eines Cyclus. Zwar lässt sich Dark Light - so weit ich das beurteilen kann - wohl gut lesen, wenn man den ersten Teil nicht kennt. Doch der erste Teil (Cosmonaut Keep) ist auf jedenfall ein empfehlenswertes Buch ...
Ken MacLeod gehört zu den interessantesten Science Fiction Autoren unserer Zeit. Das auffälligste Kennzeichen seiner Werke ist eine deutlich politische Ausrichtung.
Auch in Dark Light bilden politische Ereignisse wieder den Hintergrund für eine spannende Handlung. Nebenbei werden "neue" Formen gesellschaftlicher Organisation erläutert und bewertet. Und niemand schreibt wohl souveräner über fiktionale politische Coups als MacLeod.
Die Charakterisierung der Hauptfiguren (übrigens spielen hier andere Protagonisten die Hauptrolle als im ersten Teil der Serie) ist gelungen - auch hier besitzt MacLeod überdurchschnittliche Fähigkeiten. Doch wie in seinen Büchern üblich steht die Handlung klar im Vordergrund.
Bewusst oder unbewusst scheint MacLeod hier von Nivens Ringworld inspiriert zu sein ohne natürlich ähnlich pubertären Unfug zu verbreiten wie Niven in seinem so genannten Klassiker. Immerhin spielt die Auseinandersetzung zweier menschlicher Kulturen (mit nebensächlichen Rassenunterschieden) eine wichtige Rolle. Die Technologie einer dieser Kulturen - insbesondere Heißluft-Ballons - scheint direkt der Ringworld ensprungen. Diese Technologie enthält übrigens auch die unplausibelsten Konstrukte des Buches.
Das faszinierende Universum von Cosmonaut Keep ist natürlich auch das Universum von Dark Light und lohnt schon allein das lesen.
Diesmal erfährt man auch etwas mehr über die "Götter".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhat disjointed 25. Januar 2002
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Let me start off this review by saying that I really enjoyed "Cosmonaut Keep" both for the political intrigue typical of Macleod, and because of the fascinating circumstances in which it took place. It is therefore with some regret that I can only give the sequel, "Dark Light", three stars. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book, and by the standards of most science fiction it was a great book, but it really wasn't up to Macleod's usual high standards.
The plot picks up where "Cosmonaut Keep" left off: with the familiar cast of characters traveling to the planet Mingulay. Unfortunately, right off the bat the writing gets awkward. Gregor and Elizabeth, the two main characters from the first novel, have a role in the first twenty pages, and then completely disappear for the next 150. Now, I understand that Macleod is looking for an epic feel, with a large cast of characters, but it really interrupts the flow of the novel when two important characters fall completely off the radar.
As the novel continues, we learn of Matt Cairn's quest to solve the mystery behind the origination of the Second Sphere, and later, having received his answer, engaging in political-military intrigue to equip Mingulay to meet its fate. Unfortunately, Macleod's touch isn't as deft as it usually is in this area. The machinations of the characters seem more contrived than meaningful, and I was frequently left wondering why they were even bothering. Motivations in this novel are muddy to say the least. Also, Macleod on several occasions seems to be on the verge of delving into the nature of faith, but then he backs away, leaving interesting, but half formed, ideas on the page.
As I stated earlier, "Dark Light" is not a bad novel, and if you enjoyed "Cosmonaut Keep" you will definitely want to read it (if you haven't don't even attempt to start with this book, you'll be lost from the get go). However, it falls short of Macleod's previous writings, and is somewhat disappointing as a result. Still, it is does have some remarkable moments of adventure and imagination, and if you're looking for a quick, smart read, you won't go wrong with "Dark Light".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Needs more high tech to really work 11. Februar 2002
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The second of a purported trilogy, Dark Light seems merely okay, much like its predecessor, Cosmonaut Keep. I think its essential flaw is that it focuses too much on political theory and novel low-tech cultures and governments, whereas the triumph of MacLeod's best novels (The Stone Canal and The Cassini Division) are explorations of the merging of HIGH tech and unusual politics, and how the two act on one another.
Most of the high tech in Dark Light is of the pedestrian sort: FTL travel, longevity, powerful and enigmatic aliens. The meat of the book focuses on the city of Rawliston (whose tech is slightly behind modern America's), and the low-tech culture of The Great Vale, beyond the limits of the city. MacLeod introduces some gender-ambiguity issues in the people of the Vale which I found tiresome at best. He does better with Rawliston, with its "democracy through drawing lots" government, and suspicion of the human-navigated spacecraft on which our heroes arrive.
Dark Light turns of the focus of the novel squarely on long-lived Matt Cairns (whereas in Cosmonaut Keep his descendant Gregor shared the spotlight). The quest of Matt and his cohorts to learn why their ship was brought to this sector of space by the powerful aliens is the most arresting element of the book. Unfortunately the threads of this story are spread a little too thinly. There is finally a payoff, but it takes quite a while to get there, and too much time is focused on a supporting cast that didn't engage me.
Just as with the first book, I felt that Dark Light was a good foundation on which to build. Alas, it's this second book in the series should have done a lot of the building!
MacLeod seems strangely interested in human cultures trying to rediscover their past glories, but after three such novels (The Sky Road also had this theme) I feel like I get the idea. He's so adept at showing humans grappling with their FUTURE glories, I wish he'd go back to tackling that. Maybe the next book will finally bring such a payoff to this series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Lots of interesting speculation, requiring some patience 11. März 2003
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Those who have read COSMONAUT KEEP should find this a worthwhile continuation. I liked it better than the first book, myself, because of the increased political and theological speculation.
Especially fascinating is MacLeod's concept of the Gods and their relationship with humanity. Not highly recommended to extreme conservative religionists.
I did find myself mired down a couple of times in the political dissertations. However, MacLeod basically tells a good story. How good a story it is depends, I suppose, on the concluding book in the series. But these first two are interesting enough and I'm getting to better like the characters, and so I will be reading the final installment.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Will the real socialist please stand up? 23. März 2002
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Oh, those Brits! Having to contend with Banks, Reynolds and Mielville isn't enough. We must have this bloke inflicted on us as well. Surprisingly, unlike his earlier work, I have found 'Cosmosnaut Keep' and this volume, the first two in this series to be 'the real thing'. This is surprising as it is very heavily flavoured with the dead hand of (gasp!) Socialism, the conflict between the classes, the worker's ownership of the means of production and all that. Mind you, the terrain of these two books is so cluttered with all sorts of oddities, a second sphere of worlds seeded by 'ancient Gods', lightspeed travel, dinosaurs, saurs descended from dinosaurs, fun and games with sexuality and relatiosnhips, real live Neandethals. Hang on to your hat and open that volume. Remember 'A female man', 'The dispossessed'? Welcome to the world of immortal cosmonauts and spam in a can. Welcome to the darkness of light.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Since the gods are coming, proper socialism is critical 13. April 2002
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A group of ancient cosmonauts from Earth itself squabble amongst themselves and with multiple sapient races on a planet ten thousand light years from Earth. Obscure debates about the virtues of anarchy and socialism and whether a republican form of government is a step away from true democracy seem to interest them almost as much as the true meaning of the 'gods' among the asteroid belts.
Yet the gods are real--if not truly gods. They pursue their own motives and bicker amongst themselves, even as the humans squable on the planet below. They rain gifts on some, but Matt and his fellow cosmonauts wonder whether those gifts have strings attached--strings that may involve yanking occasional light-speed ships into far-distant wars. And suddenly the type of government on this obscure planet matters a great deal. Because if the gods can send humans on a far journey to war on other species, they could also send another species to war on the humans.
Author Ken Macleod has created an interesting world with a seemingly stable coexistence between multiple sapient species and between stone age and early industrial human societies. The space-travelling families who visit worlds once every couple of centuries provide a destablizing yet progress-rich catalyst to the planet dwellers below. Fans of political fiction may enjoy Macleod's concern for the battles between socialist causes. I suspect, however, that many U.S. readers, at least, will find this portion of the novel to be slow going without any unexpected insights.
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