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Neverness [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

David Zindell
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A science fiction novel in the mould of Frank Herbert's "Dune". This is the story of Mallory Ringer of the Order of Pilots whose quest for immortality leads to his near death and resurrection as a half man half bio-computer.


  • Taschenbuch: 388 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publ.; Auflage: New edition (2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0586205365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586205365
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,4 x 11,4 x 5,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 519.389 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'Zindell makes you think' New Scientist 'Philip K. Dick would have been proud to conjure up such philiosophies' Manchester Evening News 'A thick, lush, vivid, panoramic view of evolved humans in an evolving universe far in the future' Twilight Zone 'Excellent hard science fiction ... a brilliant novel' Orson Scott Card, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction


A science fiction novel in the mould of Frank Herbert's "Dune". This is the story of Mallory Ringer of the Order of Pilots whose quest for immortality leads to his near death and resurrection as a half man half bio-computer.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein "unbekanntes" (?) Kultwerk der SF 4. April 2005
Vergleiche sind i.A. banal und verwirren mehr denn Sie helfen, dennoch: Neben Frank Herbert's "Wüstenplanet" kenne ich nichts vergleichbares im Bereich der SF.
Die Welt, die Zindell vor seinem Leser ausbreitet ist an Details, Komplexität, Provokation, ..Menschlichkeit kaum zu überbieten. In einem fantastischen Spannungsbogen führt er den Leser mit den Augen seines Protagonisten durch eine Welt, die fremdartiger, vielfältiger und überraschender, vertrauter kaum sein könnte.
Und doch bleibt der Mensch und seine Fähigkeiten stets im Fokus der Handlung. Der Mensch und seine ewige Frage nach dem "warum", das Leben/Leiden/Lieben unserer Existenz, gleichwohl ob vor 20.000 Jahren, in irgendeiner unbestimmten Zukunft oder eben heute, jetzt bildet das bestimmende Thema und hebt das Buch - obwohl ein hervorragender Vertreter des Genre - weit über dieses hinaus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Sci Fi 23. Juni 2000
Von Rebecca - Veröffentlicht auf
David Zindell is one of those authors whose works are just too subtle, complex and intelligent to capture mass market attention. However, I believe that the "Neverness" series will eventually be recognized as one of the great sci fi epics of all time. I have read "Neverness" several times and I always find something new. Aside from the fascinating characters and imaginative plot, Zindell raises compelling questions about consciousness, death, selfhood, love, cruelty, and the purpose of life. Through Zindell's many references to scientific, literary and religious thought (from Schoedinger's Cat to William Blake to Hindu mythology), we eventually come to realize that the technology may change, but the questions humankind asks the universe remain the same. This book is challenging and not for everyone: you need to be the kind of person who enjoys a long, complex story that makes you think.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen a great start 17. September 2002
Von Glen Engel Cox - Veröffentlicht auf
Zindell's first novel, and it is epic SF in the grand tradition. Epic? Yes. It is long (552 pages in the paperback edition), set on a grand scale (the main character works his way up from an initiate star pilot to godhead), full of esoteric musings on the nature of mathematics, life and love. Gee, sounds a bit like Dune, doesn't it? The comparison is apt. Each chapter here starts with a quote, mainly from a fictitious book; the plot involves both personal mysteries as well as scientific mysteries; the plot centers around the only son of a "ruling" dynasty; and there are guilds and trades with strange and bizarre powers. But Zindell, for all these similarities, has not copied Herbert. He's also thrown in quite a bit of Aldiss, Heinlein and Sturgeon. This is not a novel for a first-time SF reader. It's like modern jazz, in which the latest work is composed of variations on previous themes, and while the new listener might be able to enjoy it, chances are that they will have a difficult time understanding it.
The real problem with Neverness, however, is in its pacing. Some episodes seem to drag on interminably, while others fly past at the speed of light. Part of this is due to the fact that at least one section had been published previously as a stand-alone short story, and it may be true that other sections were written to stand alone as well. But, even given the above, this is an impressive achievement as a first novel. There's a lot of imagination here in world- and culture-building, and the writing, while not spectacular, isn't dry or stilted either. With some more maturity as a writer, Zindell could be a major contender.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking 24. Dezember 2000
Von DavidNewYork - Veröffentlicht auf
"Neverness" is an awesome book, by which I mean you will simply be in awe of both the novel and its author. David Zindell has crafted a universe so entirely full of fascinating people, creatures, ideas and institutions that I can't even fathom how he could have kept everything straight in his head. (Think of a world as rich as "Dune" but set on Arrakis' opposite number: the frost-evoking world of Icefall.)
Zindell manages to discuss two of the weightiest questions known to man without sounding foolish: "Is there a god?" and "What is the secret of life?" Along the way, he throws in "How can we live forever?" and "How do I save the universe?" And even when Zindell's characters discover the answers to these questions, there are still more questions to be asked.
The breathtaking scope of Neverness (equalled, in my mind, only by the aforementioned "Dune" and perhaps Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep" and Asimov's "Foundation" series) inspires me to give the book a five-star rating, though it does have some flaws. For one, Zindell introduces a critical feature of Neverness's universe way too late in the game (a sort of Fermat's Last Theorem-type hunt). In other instances, he is inconsistent in describing his character's emotions. (One example: The protagonist is bereft when a dog dies, because he has neither seen nor even contemplated a dead creature before. However, this same man rather blithely accepts the fact that most of his class of journeyman star pilots will die before graduation.)
But, overall, if you like truly epic and philosophical literature, this is a book for you. I am eagerly looking forward to reading Zindell's three sequels.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read, worth your time and energy 3. Januar 2003
Von Travis Cottreau - Veröffentlicht auf
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The comparisons of Zindell's "Neverness" to "Dune" are
worth making and accurate. The two novels share a lot in common
and not just from the point of view that there are similar
characters in similar roles. In fact that is the weakest
It probably won't matter how long the books are read or who
reads them, they will probably never go out of date or become
silly like so many other novels in the genre. These two books
will endure. This is an amazing feat of vision and intellect.
Both books are written about the far future, so far that
everything is foreign to us: the technology, the environments,
the people, the gods, frequently the language. Even if this
is so, the author melds them together smoothly without missing
anything or confusing the reader (for long anyway).
"Neverness" and its "sequel" "The Broken God" are grand works
that encompass whole populations, planets, mythologies,
histories, philosophies, disciplines and their evolutions. In fact,
the author frequently wanders off on some philosophical
tangent. They are always deep, meaningful wanderings though,
and it's obvious that the author has thought about these ideas a great deal.
As a small point, I found that I didn't enjoy the time spend
with the Alaloi (the neanderthal's), especially after the time
spent in space exploring the solid state entity or the
destruction of stars in the Vild. A small price to pay to get to
the rest of the novel.
Zindell will discuss the meaning of life, the purpose of
life and man, he'll talk about the discoveries of many
scholars from a variety of disciplines (some of which are
specilizations of disciplines that he's created) on just these
topics. Never does it seem arbritrary, never does it seem
contrived. All the opinions and ideas seem like they have come
from long standing philosophies that have evolved over
centuries. I'm impressed that he's done this and before reading
it, I wouldn't have thought that it would be possible to be done
with such believability.
Certainly a great read and one of the gems of science fiction.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Memorable, sweeping sci-fi 9. November 2007
Von Ritesh Laud - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'd actually nearly finished reading Zindell's "Requiem for Homo Sapiens" trilogy before realizing that:
a) There exists a prequel known as Neverness that I should have read before the trilogy.
b) The reviews of Neverness here are for the most part very very positive.
c) The book had already been sitting on my shelf for a couple years. Oops!!

Well, when compared with the sequel trilogy, Neverness is clearly the work of a less mature Zindell but it makes up for that by moving at a faster pace and bringing the story to a somewhat better close. We also have to keep in mind that the brilliantly rendered setting explored in the trilogy was given 90% of its conceptual basis here in this novel. Zindell truly creates a new universe with Neverness, nearly on par with Dune. That alone makes it an astonishing effort in my mind, even though I would rate the story itself at four stars. It's a great story but there are quite a few holes in the plot, such as how exactly the Ieldra & the Elder Eddas are relevant to anything. Also, the many forays into mathematics were too obviously contrived and just came off as plain silly to me.

The book is quite long at 552 pages in the paperback version, but reads quickly and includes many memorable scenes. A couple that come to mind include the ultimate fate of Katherine, Mallory & Soli's pursuit of the Timekeeper, and Bardo's hilarious issues with tumescence.

I recommend Neverness highly. It pretends to be deeper than it really is (it can't compare to Dune IMO), but Zindell conceives and crafts such a beautiful alternate reality that it's really a must read for sci-fi fans.
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