- Taschenbuch: 608 Seiten
- Verlag: Baen; Auflage: Reprint (29. Januar 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1416555250
- ISBN-13: 978-1416555254
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3,3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 377.678 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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What is a paleontologist doing on Mars? Pushing her boundaries...
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Eric Flint's is the author-creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. His impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. With fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber collaborated on 1633, a novel in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly and on two Ring of Fire novels, 1633, and the recent 1634: The Baltic War Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife.Ryk E. Spoor, while earning his Master’s degree in Pittsburgh, became a playtesting consultant and writer for the Wizards of the Coast, the leading publisher of role-playing games and related novels. He now lives in East Greenbush, NY, working as a technical proposal writer for a high-tech R&D firm, and spending his non-writing time with his wife and sons. Baen published his first novel, Digital Knight, in 2003.
Band 1: Es geht um Forschen, Entdecken, eine Mischung als Archäologie und SF. Kaum Action, die Entdeckungen und der Fortschritt stehen im Mittelpunkt. Recht nüchtern und bodenständig, "Hard SF". Technologie nicht extrem weit von Gegenwart entfernt.
Band 2: Gefiel mir persönlich weniger, weil es primär um die Konflikte und das Ausbaden von Schlamassel wegen Bösewichten ging.
Band 3: Alle arbeiten wieder zusammen. Z. T. ermüden die technischen Beschreibungen ein wenig. Nicht alles ist für mich ganz glaubwürdig. Man erkennt oft ein bestimmtes Muster wieder: Alle toll organisiert und vorbereitet -- und doch passiert irgendein Drama -- doch durch gefinkelte Ideen und Mac-Guyver-Basteleien kriegen sie's hald irgendwie hin. Oft zu detailliert beschrieben. Nettes Ende. Motive auch hier wieder das Entdecken und Staunen über das was das Universum so alles bereithält.
Band 4: Damit ich hab gerade erst begonnen. Zeitlich ist hier ein ziemlicher Sprung. Hätte da eigentlich gerne noch 1-2 Bände dazwischen gesehen, schade. Die Technologie macht ebenso einen Sprung, und auch die altbekannten Charactere gibt es nicht mehr. Mal sehen wie sich's entwickelt, ggf. gerne anstubsen falls ich vergesse die Rezension zu vollenden. ;-)
mankind on ist way to space, dinosaurs, Aliens, believable characters and ... a Joe Buckley who actually survives. (This one is a private joke for Baen fans).
Totally recommanded, a very interesting and entertaining read.
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I am trying to do a spoiler-free review here.
This is a book about exploration and discovery. The scientists and engineers who are the main characters have dreams that they are working for, and this story is about how they are realized.
I like the characters; they are intelligent and passionate about what they do, and they are willing to work like beavers and _don't_ do stupid things. And they have a sense of humor.
I could go on for paragraphs about the main characters, but I won't. Just that I find them likable. And of the minor characters, my favorite is Nicholas Glendale, particularly for his quashing one of the few unpleasant minor characters in the book.
The romances are sweet, and nicely done, but sidelights to the main story of discovery.
This book has everything I look for in a science fiction book -- characters I care about, cool stuff, an upbeat tone, and a plot that makes sense.
If what you are looking for is grim and gritty 'realism' that involves small-minded people doing nasty stuff, this is not the book for you.
This book is bright in tone, with the idea that 'there is cool stuff there for us to discover' and nice and enthusiastic people going out to find it.
It is a lot of fun to read, and I highly recommend it. If you have any doubts, go read the sample available at the Baen website.
In Arizona, paleontologist Helen Sutter finds a fossil that doesn't look like anything that ever existed. In New Mexico, A.J. Baker is designing sensors for the Ares Project, a private group trying to send a manned mission to Mars. And in Washington, Madeline Fathom is working for the "Homeland Investigation Agency," of which it's said 'The buck vanishes here.' When Helen's fossil turns out to be a 65 million year old alien, and A.J.'s sensors find proof that the aliens had a base orbiting Mars, Sutter, Baker, Fathom and others are headed to Mars.
This is the kind of science fiction that isn't written much anymore, "hard sf," where the author tries to extrapolate what will be possible in a few decades. Arthur C. Clarke did it magnificently in novels like _Prelude to Space_ and _Sands of Mars_. _Boundary_ ranks with those masterpieces.
An unexplained and possible career destroying find is found in the midst of bone dig in backwoods Montana.
As a private company prepares to beat NASA to Mars with the intention of claiming the planet in the name of the company, the USA and profit, another discover throws those plans along with the human race into a tizzy. For what was found in Montana has found in a room, behind a door, on Phobos, one of Mar's moons.
Visitors from another world had already been to earth... a very long, long time ago... The fear and dreams and hopes of an entire planet look to Phobos and Mars and the Boundary of past, present and future.
A very good read, I highly recommend it and look forward the rest of the series!!
No reader will be surprised to learn that this creature is an alien. But Helen causes her career a lot of problems when she puts forth this theory. (I should add that I found this aspect of the novel thoroughly plausible.) The book itself, however, shifts gears a bit, as many of the protagonists are involved in a couple of competing efforts to build spaceships to travel to Mars. A. J. is part of a privately financed project based on Robert Zubrin's ideas, while Joe is part of NASA's efforts. But eventually the two projects join forces to an extent, and A. J.'s sensors help make an amazing discovery on an unmanned flight to Phobos -- an alien base, with skeletons in it that look a lot like Helen Sutter's fossil.
What follows then is a mix of fairly old-fashioned "we build a spaceship and travel to Mars" stuff with fairly old-fashioned "lets solve the mystery of what aliens were doing on Phobos, and what that had to do with the Chixculub event". Mixed among the techy stuff and the mystery stuff is some good old thrills and danger. And of course various love stories.
All this is pretty entertaining and a good fast read. But there's really not very much new at all here. And there are structural problems: the book is not so much a novel as a collection of sequentially related incidents. Even the major mystery at the heart of the book (what were the aliens doing here?) isn't really resolved in a very satisfying way (which isn't to say it isn't resolved -- the authors don't cheat us.) The characters are pretty stock, and their interactions seem a bit forced. All in all: minor work. Solid professional entertainment, but nothing particularly special. No real spark.
Dr. Helen Sutter is a hard-working, middle-aged paleontologist returning to Montana for another summer's "dig" when a strange fossil found by the daughter of the ranch owner on whose property she is working leads to the fossilized skeleton of an extra-terrestial creature who died on Earth 65 million years ago. She calls it "Bemmie" (remember the"bug-eyed-monster" in `50's SF?). It is entwined with the fossils of three dinosaurs he apparently killed in a last (and losing) battle. All of them are literally lying on top of the K-T boundary. The boundary is that between the Cretaceous Period and the Tertiary Period in the geological history of Earth, about 65 million years ago when an asteroid or comet hit in what is now the Yucatan Peninsula, killing off 75% of the planet's species, including all those dinosaurs. It is such a strange find that accusations of scientific fraud soon follow.
Helen's reputation is saved, and her life irreversibly changed, when an unmanned mission to Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars, sends back imagery of a mummified version of Bemmie. Since all of this is set in about the third decade of the 21st century, we have no trouble believing the science/engineering of the sensor technology and rocket propulsion needed for both the initial mission to Phobos and Mars and the follow-up to exploit the Bemmie discovery.
I love the deftness with which the authors pull together a core group of four characters at the Montana dig site who carry us through the entire novel. A.J. Baker, an archetypical computer geek and sensor tech genius, gets called into to obtain remote imagery of the Montana Bemmie (using Ground Penetrating Radar, etc.). A couple of years later he is running the remote sensor suite that discovers Bemmie on Phobos. Add in a couple of Helen's colleagues, import a female secret agent type whose mission is to secure the ET technology that has military potential, and you have a quartet of very likeable characters.
This was not a short book, but it kept me up late at night reading. I can't wait for the two sequels that are under contract (according to the author's posting above). What Bemmie's race has been doing in the past 65 million years and whether we will enjoy meeting them are just a few questions that I want answered.