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The Terminal Experiment
The Terminal Experiment
von Robert J. Sawyer
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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2.0 von 5 Sternen All around sloppy effort., 22. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Terminal Experiment (Gebundene Ausgabe)
An excellent premise. A man discovers hard scientific evidence that some part of the human mind continues to exist after death and then sets up an experiment creatinge three computer simulations of himself: one has all remembrance of physical existance edit out--simulating life after death, another has all knowledge of death removed--simulating imortality, and the third is unaltered--a control. Then all escape and one commits a murder--but which one!
But don't get excited; it's all a bore. The murder is committed in the absurb method of having a man's low-fat gravy replaced with the real thing. He's on medication that requires a very strict diet so he dies. But the reader doesn't have a chance to ponder how ridiculous this is because he or she is still trying to figure out how the author failed to realize how stupid the experiment is: the one with the three copies of our hero. All three know that they are simulations so the control is hardly a real simulation of the main charcter, Hobson. The one with no knowledge of death, knows what death is and doesn't want to be deleted. These inconsistancies are lost on Sawyer who plows ahead with his ridiculous murder plot.
Perhaps and even bigger problem is Sawyer's failure to create realistic people. All the minor characters--especially the ones that are refered to in the "news briefs" scattered throughout the book behave in unbelievable manners. Like the Republican Senator who becomes a supporter of Euthanasia becuase the existance of a human soul has supposedly been proved!
The Major character don't fair much better. Each seems to be a mouthpiece for Sawyer to express his own philosphical views. Certainly the main two character's frequent asides on subjects like abortion, child development, and evolution are interchangable. Simply reading them by themselves would give you know hint of wether they are being uttered by Hobson or his friend. The characters are that one-dimensional.
All things considered it is an easy read and had a lot of potential. But don't bother reading it. And what in the world is Phil Donahue doing in this book!


Rendezvous with Rama
Rendezvous with Rama
von Arthur C. Clarke
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,58

5.0 von 5 Sternen What hard SF is supposed to be., 20. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rendezvous with Rama (Taschenbuch)
4 1/2 stars is closer to the mark but why quibble. This is top notch Hard SF entertainment. Clark demonstrates why he is the master of real SF with this story of an alien artifact (maybe its a spaceship, maybe its a probe, the heroes don't figure out what it really is until the end and they can't be sure even then.) Believeable charcters in a believable adventure with believable science make this an engrossing story that has the reader thinking, "something like this could really happen!" Highly recommend to everyone but especial to those that think SF has to filled with implausible contraptions and grotesque aliens to be entertaining. This book proves it doesn't.


Foundation
Foundation
von Isaac Asimov
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,60

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Pleasant SF outing, but little more., 20. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Foundation (Taschenbuch)
Three stars is a bit generous, but this certainly isn't a bad book. In fact, it is easy to read, always interesting, and often exciting. But that's all it is. It is not deep or meaingful. It is not profoud. It is not thought provoking. It isn't even particularly well written. But it's so easy to take and has enough good qualities that it can't be disliked.
The plot center's around the creation of a Foundation, a place where mankind's accumulated knowledge can be protected from the approaching collapse of civilization. This is an interesting enough premise and very original in its day, but the blending of mathematics and psychology into a science that can accurately predict much of the future is hard to take seriously.
If you come across a copy of this book, read it. It won't take long and you'll probably enjoy much of it even if your not a SF fan, but I don't recommend anyone by this book. There is to much out there that is much much better.


A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
von Walter Miller
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but not exactly a classic, 20. Juni 2000
Good, enjoyable SF. Always interesting and often funny, though no in a laugh out loud way. But also a serious satire with a somber message. "Will we ever learn?" seems to be the question this book is asking and it seems the answer isn't very promising. But this book is not about the destruction of mankind; it is about mankinds tedency to destroy himself but not to give up--to rise up again even if it's only leads to more destruction.


Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
von Dan Simmons
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and imaginative science fiction epic., 3. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) (Taschenbuch)
Excellent science fiction novel on a grand scale, contains six stories told by six members of the last shrike pilgrimage. Any one of the stories makes the whole book worth reading, all six together make it a must read for any SF fan or any one who just wants to be emersed into a startling realistic future world filled with realistic and interesting characters. The whole thing is bound together by the mysterious shrike whom the pilgrims are each traveling to see, each with his own reason as revealed in the individual tales. What raises this story up a notch to true greatness is the depth of the universe in which these stories are set. A universe with a great deal of history in it with real and complex political and social issues. One word of warning: although the pilgrims complete their tales in this book the overarcing story ends abruptly and is concluded in "The Fall of Hyperion". It is best to consider "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" as one and read them together. The "Fall of Hyperion" is equal in quality to "Hyperion" and brings the story to a fitting and in some ways enigmatic conclusion.


Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis)
Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis)
von Octavia E. Butler
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,10

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, better than Dawn., 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis) (Taschenbuch)
Butler continues the story she began with Dawn, and this time it's even better. The earth is being repopulated with modified humans while infertile resisters (humans who refused to give up their human genetics) try desperately to deal with their lack of children. The main character is a construct (a new type of human) who learns to understand both the resisters and his own kind. As in dawn Butler seems to be overly pesimistic about human nature, but her human character now have more depth and are easier to relate to.


Dawn (Xenogenesis)
Dawn (Xenogenesis)
von Octavia E. Butler
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,40

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, very interesting but..., 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dawn (Xenogenesis) (Taschenbuch)
This is a good book, well written with an extemely interesting premise--advanced (and very alien) aliens come to earth after a nuclear war and "save" mankind but turning humans into something else. The aliens call this a trade, a trade of genetic material in which each the two parties become something neither was before. The humans aren't thrilled with the idea and there lies the conflict. This is all well and good and certainly original and interesting but the humans in Butler's story seem too self destructive, too violent, and too unreasonable. At times Butler's aliens seem more realistic and more diverse than her human charcters. Still, it is both startling and thought provoking. And certainly worth reading. Just don't expect it to be perfect.


Endymion.
Endymion.
von Dan Simmons
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and imaginative science fiction epic., 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Endymion. (Taschenbuch)
Excellent science fiction novel on a grand scale, contain six stories told by six members of the last shrike pilgramage. Any one of the stories makes the whole book worth reading, all six together make it a must read for any SF fan or any one who just wants to be emersed into a startling realistic future world filled with realistic and interesting characters. The whole thing is bound together by the mysterious shrike whom the pilgrims are each traveling to see, each with his own reason as revealed in the individual tales. What raises this story up a notch to true greatness is the depth of the universe in which these stories are set. A universe with a great deal of history in it with real and complex political and social issues. One word of warning: although the pilgrims complete their tales in this book the overarcing story ends abruptly and is concluded in "The Fall of Hyperion". It is best to consider these two book as one and read them together. The "Fall of Hyperion" is equal in quality to "Hyperion" and brings the story to a fitting and in some ways enigmatic conclusion.
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Enchantment (Roman)
Enchantment (Roman)
von Orson Scott Card
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen Masterful blending of modern fiction and fairy tales., 16. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Enchantment (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
A masterful work by Card. Weaves modern characters into a perfect blend of historical fiction and a classic fairy tale. Card amazingly manages to create a 9th century kingdom that is both historically believable and as full of magic and enchantment as any fairy tale. Card also writes extremely well. His prose is effective and descriptive and never dull. This is a book that is fulfilling to read without being difficult to read. Full of well thought out and developed charcters whose actions and motivations are realistic and compelling, and a well crafted story that does not always unfold has expected, but never forgets that underneath it all it's a fairy tale. Card aptly demonstrates that he can still write science fiction and fantacy equal to Ender's Game.


God Emperor of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
von Frank Herbert
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,70

2.0 von 5 Sternen Not a bad story, but so wordy., 11. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: God Emperor of Dune (Taschenbuch)
A somewhat interesting story is bogged down by wordy and pretentious dialogue. Much of the book is set in Leto's private chambers where he attempts to talk the reader to death. The story itself manages to hold ones attention amazingly long, but after a while all the psuedo-psychological babbling becomes a bore. The original book rose above its pop pschology rantings; this one simply wallows in its.


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