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Newton's Wake: A Space Opera (Englisch) Taschenbuch – März 2005

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books; Auflage: Reprint (März 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 076534422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765344229
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,1 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 849.020 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Far more fun than deep space drama has any right to be...Just read the book. Then read it again. It's even better the second time." -SFX on Newton's Wake

"Stylish, witty, and engaging!" -San Diego Union Tribune on Newton's Wake

"For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very smartest kind of New Space Opera: a relentlessly engaged thinker about nitty-gritty political-economic-social matters who also operates on the Romantic end of the genre by imagining worlds that offer vast (and even godlike) possibilities for humankind...MacLeod returns to his story elements and concerns with a persistence that signals a stubbornly committed intelligence as well as a fertile and mischievous imagination, and every variation on his themes produces something worth re-reading." -Locus on Newton's Wake

"If you haven't yet read MacLeod's work, this is an excellent place to start." on Newton's Wake

"Exciting...Accessible to the average reader as well as the hardcore SF fan. This is a work sure to keep the reader on the edge of her seat." -Romantic Times Bookclub on Newton's Wake

"The kind of book that we wish would come to us more often in science fiction...Above everything, this book is fun." -Vector on Newton's Wake

"Ken MacLeod's novels are fast, funny and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these. A nova has appeared in our sky."
--Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars

"Science fiction's freshest new writer...MacLeod is a fiercely intelligent, prodigously well-read author who manages to fill his books with big issues without weighing them down."

"Engaged, ingenious, and wittily partisan, Ken MacLeod is a one-man revolution, SF's Billy Bragg." -Asimov's SF

"This man's going to be a major writer." -Iain Banks

"Prose sleek and fast and the technology it describes-watch this man go global." -Peter F. Hamilton

"MacLeod at his strongest: clever, passionate, and committed." -SFX on Dark Light

"Distinctive, politically challenging, both tantalizing and satisfying." -Kirkus Reviews on Cosmonaut Keep

"Rarely does a book demand so much of the reader-and then deliver." -Publishers Weekly on Cosmonaut Keep

"Stylish, witty, and engaging!" (San Diego Union Tribune)

"Far more fun than deep space drama has any right to be…Just read the book. Then read it again. It's even better the second time." (SFX)

"For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very smartest kind of New Space Opera… every variation on his themes produces something worth re-reading." (Locus)

"If you haven't yet read MacLeod's work, this is an excellent place to start." (

"Exciting…Accessible to the average reader as well as the hardcore SF fan. This is a work sure to keep the reader on the edge of her seat." (Romantic Times Bookclub)

"The kind of book that we wish would come to us more often in science fiction…Above everything, this book is fun." (Vector)


The Hard Rapture took Earth's best minds away. Now the rest are about to find out where they went ...Centuries ago, space settlers and soldiers fled to the stars from the sentient AI war machines that engulfed Earth. They colonised Eurydice, a planet whose rocks contain traces of its own war machines - some of which still guard a vast, enigmatic artefact on a remote tundra. When an expedition raids this strange artefact, the Eurydiceans discover that they weren't the last survivors of humanity after all. Their leisured lifestyle is about to be disrupted by new arrivals for whom Eurydice is a prize worth fighting over. And the long-dormant war machines are awakening ...Newton's Wake is a stunning stand-alone space opera, charting the struggle for human survival in a universe dominated by post-human intelligence. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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Von Ken Macleod bin ich eigentlich Besseres gewohnt; Dieses Buch ist mir inhaltlich viel zu wenig konsistent und die Motive der Beteiligten sind aus meiner Sicht fast durchgängig nicht nachvollziehbar. Vielleicht ist das ja so, wenn der Tod nichts mehr bedeutet weil man beliebig oft backups ziehen und wiedergeboren werden kann, da trinkt man halt mal Vormittags einen Tee miteinander und Nachmittags bricht man einen Krieg vom Zaun und bringt sich gegenseitig um. ( mit Waffen die man sich zuvor gegenseitig verkauft hat, aber das ist ja nicht Sci-Fi )
Ganz lustig, wenn auch vermutlich nicht für Jeden verständlich finde ich den Umgang mit den Schottischen Dialekt aber wie üblich bin ich der Meinung daß eine derart fortgeschrittene Menschheit in ferner Zukunft doch etwas mehr Grütze im Kopf haben und sich anders verhalten sollte als hier dargestellt.
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A mixed bag... 15. Juli 2004
Von Addison Phillips - Veröffentlicht auf
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Newton's Wake is billed as "A Space Opera", which I guess is supposed to explain why this is a bit of a creampuff of a novel. MacLeod is a deft writer, with a nice ability to turn phrases.
We are dropped into the action and MacLeod does a good job of the "slow reveal" of the characters and the circumstances. We get a good feel for this universe and the folks who inhabit it. We get a variety of characters who's basic humanity is challenged by circumstances: there were trapped as a program, head replaced with a metal head, social pariah, simulation of the original person, etc. And there are little touches (Ben Ami's play about Leonid Breznhev is a hoot).
But... I found some jarring elements here too. We don't get close enough to most of these characters to really care all that much about them. Perhaps it is supposed to be telling that there are no real "bad guys" or "good guys", but the author should have had some stance on the Big Issues he raises, like: if you die and a version of you is brought back to life, it is really you? What if the version of you that is brought back isn't really you, it's just a reconstruction of other people's perception of you? Those are truly interesting questions and MacLeod goes nowhere with them: he asks without developing either an opinion or going near the really thorny bits. We are told more often than we are shown the developments that really matter.
I was annoyed by some "reverse anachronisms" here: things from today that inappropriately show up in this far future time and don't fit. I found the debate about "Returners" vs. "Runners" was ultimately empty, as much of the plot was empty, because the author doesn't seem to feel the motivations. The conflicts in the novel are set pieces.
As a space opera, this is neither gonzo enough to be a really wild ride nor pithy enough to really deal with the fascinating issues the book raises. This is a good read and I'll be keeping an eye on MacLeod, though. Here's an author with some talent. But this won't be his best novel.
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Copies, Copies Everywhere! 24. Mai 2005
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This novel is of a galaxy full of post-human technology, mind back-ups in case of death (with the associated question of identity survival), faster-than-light space travel, Drexler cornucopia macines, and post-singularity war machines. Most of the book centers around Carlyle's Drift, which are a series of wormholes connecting places many light years apart, with Lucinda Carlyle the principle character here. Across interstellar space there are several human factions, in various technological levels, competing with each other, allowing an interesting plot. I won't write about this further as I hate plot spoilers

I will give you my impressions of the book, however. At times, particularly the later one third, the writing seemed kind of vague, sometimes it was disjointed, making it difficult to recall who was fighting who. Perhaps MaCleod was trying to cover ground too quickly. But in the end it all does make sense. It may be that the main message of the novel is that we will always find ways to kill each other, and justify it, no matter how far technolgy takes us. After reading this, you may wonder as I did, what is real and what is'nt? If you enjoy this kind of science fiction, check out the fine novels by Richard K. Morgan.
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Fun, thoughtful, and approachable 9. August 2004
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The war between Europe and the United States ended abruptly (although not before huge destruction) when the U.S. artifical intelligences jumped the firewalls and subsumed much of the human population. For moments, the hugely grown artificial intelligence was all-powerful, then, it vanished into infinity, too vast to be comprehended or even bothered by the petty wars and struggles left behind. Most of humanity was caught up in the 'rapture.' A few groups, though--America Offline descended from rural out-of-touch farmers, the Knights of Enlightenment--descendents of surviving Japanese and Chinese, Kemokratische Kommunistbund--northern Koreans cut off from computers by their governments isolationism, and a family of Scottish bandits (combat archeologists) who mostly control the tunnels between the stars. When Lucinda Carlyle of the Scots family stumbles across a planet settled by humans who had been on Mars at the time of the Rapture, everything changes. The inhabitants of Eurydice have access to the wormholes between the stars in a new way that puts the Carlyles to shame. But will the new variable in the equation mean war? And even in Eurydice, ancient rivalries between those who wanted to flee the solar system and those who hoped to save the humans forced into the artificial intelligence remain. Now, for the first time, it might actually be possible to realize that dream.

Author Ken MacLeod creates an intriguing universe and populates it with authentic characters and a touch of humor. He calls NEWTON'S WAKE a 'Space Opera,' and it does contain excitement, space travel, and youthful characters attempting to survive terrible mistakes and outrageous odds, but WAKE is much more thoughtful than an old-fashioned space opera. MacLeod asks fundamental questions about humanity, our future, and the nature of our goals--and provides only hints of an answer in the context of an entertaining story. Trust me, it works.

MacLeod is firmly tongue-in-cheek with his playwright, Benjamin Ben-Ami and his plays, including the 'Tragedy of Leonid Brezhnev,' 'The Madness of George II' and Jesus Koresh. I enjoyed the way MacLeod integrated his political beliefs into the story, unlike the more heavy-handed approach he had used in the earlier (but still enjoyable) books reviewed on this site. MacLeod is maturing as a writer, creating in layers now that make his work far more approachable, yet every bit as complex and thoughtful as his earlier novels.
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A bit overambitious, but highly entertaining 19. April 2005
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I did finish it though, which gives it some credit. MacLeod is part of a new breed of Scottish authors that manage to write for both an international and Glaswegian audience. It is as if they primarily write for their home market, but that their writing is so good that outsiders also read their books. Anyway, there is enough material here for everyones taste. Good things first. There are tonnes and tonnes of plots and subplots squeezed into a relatively thin volume - makes for exciting reading. The book is a thinly veiled satire. I do not think, for instance, that it is a conicidence that a band of street-thugs turned interplanetary entrepeneurs has the same name as a company closely affiliated with the present US administration. A company well-known for its bullish business methods.
I could fill the entire review with examples of subtle, and not so subtle, jokes about our present post-2000 "election" society. Hovewer, one group of survivors have created a kind of Hollywood society, where entertainment is the main business, and eternal youth and beauty is available to all. One playwright, somewhat similar to Shakespeare, produces plays about Breznev, Osama bin Laden, and David Koresh. In the descriptions of these plays MacLeod manage to cram more satire about just about the entire US than other writers need an entire book to do.
However, I think that MacLeod enjoyed writing this book too much - it is as he loved the details so much that he never really thought of a coherent story.
I think that if you borrowed the book from the library you might be happier than if you bought it.
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He can and has done better. 19. September 2004
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From the very beginning of this attempt at an epic space opera I was uncomfortable.

"As soon as she stepped through the gate Lucinda Carlyle knew the planet had been taken and knew it would be worth taking back." How do you assess a planet in an instant? You can't, of course and readers know that.

From the beginning the reader is assaulted with worm hole travel, faster than light space ships (flitters), nanotechnology, artificial intelligences that can store deceased humans for resurrection and a vast array of personal weaponry, battle suits and sentient technologies. It is as if the author set out to introduce every element of current, science fiction mythology.

This is all contained within a vast sociopolitical environment of competing cultures that appear to have evolved following a nuclear war intervened in by an artificial intelligence that scooped up the essence of the dying humans for virtual storage. Read it if you can't imagine it!

It is not a bad novel but it is a disappointing effort by a talented and experienced author. I don't know what his editorial advice was but they failed him in this effort. The novel is not without areas of brilliance and potential. There is a delightful piece of writing where a live dramatic performance is described with well crafted and evocative descriptions.

Some of the scenarios could have been developed into exciting and suspenseful episodes such as the exploration of the cavern while dying of radiation. Images of 'Raiders of The Lost Ark' flashed to mind only to be lost with a too sudden jump to the next world.

I can't give it any more than 2.5 or 3 due mainly to my high levels of frustration and disappointment as well as confusing scene changes, difficult dialogue (pseudo-Scottish) and simply too much material crammed in to let the story breath. There are at least a dozen stories interwoven through the novel but none get a chance to grow. Pity as each of them could have held their own.

MacLeod can do better and I am sure he will again - maybe he just needs to go back to basic story telling. He certainly has the ability but maybe hasn't given himself the time on this one.
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