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  • Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orion, London; Auflage: New Ed (13. Juli 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 185798997X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857989977
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,6 x 19,8 cm
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John Truck was to outward appearances just another lowlife spaceship captain. But he was also the last of the Centaurans - or at least, half of him was - which meant that he was the only person who could operate the Centauri Device, a sentient bomb which might hold the key to settling a vicious space war. M. John Harrison's classic novel turns the conventions of space opera on their head, and is written with the precision and brilliance for which is famed.

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M. John Harrison (1945 - ) Michael John Harrison is the author of, amongst others, the Viriconium stories, The Centauri Device, Climbers, The Course of the Heart, Signs of Life, Light and Nova Swing. He has won the Boardman Tasker Award (Climbers), the James Tiptree Jr Award (Light) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award (Nova Swing). He lives in Shropshire.

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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Florian Philipp Müller am 13. April 2009
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Ich kann meinem Vorredner nur zustimmen. Dies ist das bisher schlechteste Buch in der SF-Masterworks-Serie, und ich habe bei 1 begonnen. Uninteressante Charaktere, wenig Spannung, sehr vorhersagbares Ende, keine gelösten Fragen (aber auch keine Anregungen zum Weiterdenken).

Enttäuschend.

Ansonsten kann ich die SF-Masterworks-Serie allerdings nur empfehlen.
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1 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von N. Thek am 28. März 2004
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das dieses Buch in der Reihe "SF Masterworks" erschienen ist.
Ich kann jeden SF Fan nur davon abraten es zu lesen, es gibt viel bessere Bücher in dieser Reihe.
Die Geschichte ist irgendwie ohne Höhepunkte. Sie dümpelt vor sich hin und findet in einen absolut vorhersagbaren Schluss ihr Ende.
Es könnte auch ein Drehbuch zu einen drittklassigen Hollywood Action Film sein. Der Held ist ein vom Leben enttäuschter Frachtkapitän, der viel erlebt hat und sich durch Schmuggel und Handle über Wasser hält.
Nun wird er von den verschieden Mächten der Galaxie gesucht, da er als letzter Centauri (er ist Mensch/Centauri Mischling) der einzige ist, der das Centauri Device (eine grosse Bombe) bedienen kann. Wie zu erwarten gibts ein paar Verfolgungsjagden, ein paar Fallen, einige Freunde stellen sich nicht als Freunde, usw.
Der Autor (Harrison) schafft es aber ab und zu durch fantasievolle Locations das Buch vor der totalen Langweile zu retten. Deswegen zwei Sterne.
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A stimulating and imaginative novel. 26. März 1999
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This book shows the realistic dirty underside of the space opera story, written from the point of view of the disposessed of all history. One of the most powerful novels I've ever read - its images live on in the mind, and you can almost smell the reality of the future the author creates. Whilst the narrative is gripping, the underlying themes are attention-grabbing and, to put it mildly, the author's vision does not exactly see the world through rose-tinted glasses. It's a refugee's statement, and highly recommended.
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the centauri device 6. September 1999
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I found this book astonishing - completely unlike anything I had ever read before. Harrison has a remarkable, truly unique way of touching and revolting you at once - a very, very good book.
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Literary Devices A-plenty 21. Mai 2000
Von Jeremy Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr.Harrison (the author) has a brilliant talent for writing. His descriptions are perfect, lingering in the mind. His characters are well-defined so you can picture them in your mind. The plot is rather unlikely, with everyone meeting up every so often in the most unlikely places in a James Bond fashion. The book is rather like a Bond book, Fleming-style. It's highly original, and is almost space-opera at points. It's quite negative with a baffling ending, but comes highly recommended.
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Space Opera SATIRE! 27. Juni 2014
Von Mithridates VI of Pontus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I can only imagine the shock that readers received and still receive (according to amazon reviews) after diving into M. John Harrison’s The Centauri Device (1974) expecting a standard space opera. This is a subgenre where the anti-hero still has not found a firm place to roost… You know the rubric: Empathizing with the hero. Positivism. Saving the world. The good guys win.

I suspect the shock to the system that Stephen R. Donaldson’s leprous and bitter (and reluctant) savior Thomas Covenant in Lord Foul’s Bane (1977) and subsequent novels had on high fantasy was something akin to impact The Centauri Device‘s drug-addled, inarticulate, and passive spacer John Tuck had on space opera. To give you a taste: as Harrison’s plot spiral with vast strokes of almost grotesque satire towards the utterly nihilistic ending, Tuck doped-up on amphetamines becomes “quickly depressed—at first disturbed, then obsessed by the puzzling, fibrous consistency of the mud” (162).

While M. John Harrison himself might proclaim that “I find it deeply ironic—but absolutely predictable—that my best books are out of print while the crappiest thing I ever wrote—The Centauri Device-–tootles along under the rubric ‘masterwork,’” I found the novel a heady subversion of a lot of the tropes that we associate with space opera. It is even more ironic that The Centauri Device, “that reads like hate mail directed at space opera clichés” (Ken Macleod quoting Patrick Hudson) despite its satirical purposes was influential in revitalizing and inspiring new authors of the subgenre. The anti-space opera pastiche that eventually became passé?

Brief Plot Summary

First, the powers at play…

In M. John Harrison’s far future world the Israeli World Government (IWG), with is engaged in an endless struggle with the Union of Arab Socialist Republics (UASR) who control large swathes of the settled Galaxy. And both powers have sniffed out the discovery of a mysterious weapon, a relic from an extinct people, a relic from a past war that has the power to destroy the universe: the Centauri Device.

Earth has been irrevocably transformed by the “infamous ‘Rat Bomb’ wars of 2003-215″ (25). The remaining inhabitants UK, or rather “that 60,000 square mile complex of bunker-docks, keelyards, freight terminals, and warehouses that had once been called “Great Britain,” eek out an existence melting and selling the remains of the megaport, bathed in the type of “cultural decay peculiar to ports” (28). The power is centered around Chalice Veronica, the “intellectual pusher-king.” He lives in a massive warehouse plying his nefarious trade (drugs, prostitution, etc) in a series of giant abandoned fuel cisterns where “the longest-running part in the history of the universe was still in progress. People were born, people died there; some were said to have lived entire lives there” (33).

Various other powers operate across the settles regions of space including the mysterious Openers who inhabit the planet Stomach where the androgynous natives “distill a perfume from the wings of insects” (100). The Openers, in their central city of Intestinal Revelation, practice Openerism: an “eclectic” faith involving perverse rituals, and choirboys and organs, where transparent windows are inserted into the bodies of the faithful. Their Grand Master desires above all else to achieve “total transparency” (107)! A priest of the Openers named Dr. Grishkin, with his plastic windows that peer into the operations of his internal organs, has also heard news of the weapon.

And then there is the interstellar anarchist named Pater who resides with his son Himation out in the “interminable void” inside of a “spherical asteroid perhaps two miles in diameter at its equator” (69) filled with the massive hulks the most decadent spaceships that harken back to distant eras: New English Art Club, Driftwood of Decadence, Melancholia that Transcends All Wit, Atalanta in Calydon, etc. Even their hulls evoke the artifice of orientalist productions: “turquoise arabesques glimmered mysteriously down her [the Driftwood of Decadence] side; the smell of hot metal drifted about her like the musk of a sleeping, barbaric priestess; the light of plasma torches exploded soundlessly off her hull to fill the silo with a ceremonial aurora” (81). Pater spouts French and drifts from room to room of the vast complex musing on art and artifice and politics: “we live in a sick charade of political polarities; of death, bad art, and wasted time” (77). Pater too wants the Centauri Device, or at least, he does not want the others to have it.

And at the center of it all…

…is John Tuck, a spacer, who hauls freight, runs after Denebian whores, fights with his wife, drifts from port to port, almost perplexed or unaware of the world around him. But, he is the last descendent of the Centaurians, Tuck’s mother was a Centaurian drug addict port woman. Tuck is the only one who can activate the weapon. And everyone wants to get their hands on him! And as the battles rage, as the anarchist ships are blasted to pieces and the forces of the IWG and UASR hunt for him across space, he remains inactive, he cannot or refuses to acknowledge the implications of his position. SF’s most frustrating anti-hero.

Final Thoughts

The Centauri Device exudes a pungent charm. Gorgeous prose drifts languidly across the page and Harrison’s characters move “to the invisible rhythms of their ennui” (59), pieces in on the vast galactic tapestry where all the moves are preordained.

The character of John Truck is subversive to the extreme and bound to frustrate the average reader. He operates across a world familiar to many readers of space opera—the lushly realized sects, and decadent locals, space-battles, and pseudo-historical ramblings—but continues to act according to his immediate whims and desires.

The Centauri Device reminds me of Norman Spinrad’s superior The Iron Dream (1972). Both seek to subvert SF. Both critique SF’s treatment of ideology, and character…. Both infuriate the unsuspecting. Both are worth reading for fans of the more experimental SF (inspired by the New Wave Movement). The Centauri Device is literary, satirical, and incredibly seductive.

And for the curious, the complete list of spaceship names: Driftwood of Decadence. New English Art Club. Liverpool Medici. Gold Scab. Whistler. Seventeenth Susan. Solomon. Nasser. Strange Great Sins. Maupin. Trilby. Green Carnation. Les Fleurs du Mal. Madame Bovary. Imagination Portraits. Syringa. White Jonquil. Forsaken Garden. Let Us Go Hence. Melancholia that Transcends All Wit. My Ella Speed. Fastidious. La Vie de Bohème. Atalanta in Calydon.
A contemptuous slap down of the tedious conventions of far to many dreary space operas. 22. Oktober 2014
Von Paul Brooks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Centauri Device - M. John Harrison [0573 - 10-22-2014 - Novel - SF]

The novel "The Centauri Device" by M. John Harrison (b1945) was first published in 1974. To be perfectly candid the plot is quite thin and is, I believe, a deliberate and contemptuous slap down of the tedious conventions of far to many dreary space operas.

Our protagonist is one John Truck a low down, broken down drugged out spaceship captain. The Arab - Jewish conflict has morphed across the galaxy as both sides' lust for and look for the allegedly ultimate weapon: the Centauri Device. John Truck is the key to the "device" since he is the last of the Centaurans and only his genetics can control the weapon. Not much to go on here, but it is what it is. The author takes us, reluctantly so, on a stoners journey among the low life's of the galaxy until things get somewhat tided up at the end. In some respects forcing myself to finishing this novel was comparable to consuming a foodstuff I suspected was tainted but desired to taste no matter what.

As a Mr. Smith is quoted on the back cover of my Gollancz edition, "No one can use words like M. John Harrison". The author's ability to fashion descriptive phrases and terms is quite extraordinary. Here are a few I noted: "There is a kind of cold particular to the dawn. All night side losers know and revere it for its healing stimulant properties". P26; "he studied Truck, and it was like being measured by Death". P38
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