- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Gollancz; Auflage: Export / Airport Ed (27. Oktober 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0575074396
- ISBN-13: 978-0575074392
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 3,5 x 24,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 9 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.561.550 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Pushing Ice (GollanczF.) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Oktober 2005
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"Hard SF doesn't come much harder. Classic Reynolds." -- Jon Courtenay Grimwood THE GUARDIAN "Welding hard SF scenarios to deft characterisation, to create a wholly convincing vision. Arthur C Clarke in his prime couldn't have done a better job." -- Jonathan Wright SFX "As usual in an Alastair Reynolds book there are big ideas here, played out but not belaboured. A strong tale." -- Anthony Brown STARBURST "Pushing Ice is an excellent stage on which to investigate more rounded characters. Reynolds has a firm grasp of the wider opportunities of the genre." EDGE -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
Some centuries from now, the exploration and exploitation of the Solar System is in full swing. On the cold edge of the system, Bella Lind, captain of the huge commercial spacecraft Rockhopper IV, helps fuel this new gold rush by attaching mass-driver motors to organic-rich water-ice comets to move them back to the inner worlds. Her crew are tough, blue-collar miners, engineers and demolition experts. Around Saturn, something inexplicable happens: one of the moons leaves its orbit and accelerates out of the Solar System. The icy mantle peels away to reveal that it was never a moon in the first place, just a parked spacecraft, millions of years old, that has now decided to move on. Rockhopper IV, trapped in the pull, is hurled across time and space into the deep, distant future, arriving in a vast, alien-constructed chamber. And the crew are not alone, for each chamber contains an alien culture dragged into this cosmic menagerie at the end of time. The crew of the Rockhopper IV know a lot about blowing up comets, but not much about first contact with ultra-advanced aliens.They have two things to worry about: can they (and their new alien allies) negotiate their way through each harrying contact? And can they assimilate the avalanche of knowledge about their own future - including all the glittering, dangerous technologies that are now theirs for the taking - without destroying themselves in the process? Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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He manages to convey so much more in 500 pages (which I finished in the span of 2 days) than - say - Peter F. Hamilton in 2000... You have to pay some attention as much information is given in passing or has to be inferred, but this is to the books' credit, not to its detriment.
It starts of as an amalgam of so many things - alien artefact / first contact story, moving on with strong influences of some Arthur C. Clarke books, but it pulls through brilliantly into something I never saw coming, never forgetting the human touch (and reminding me that fights between women are scary!).
I even liked the ending (which I rarely do), because it stops where it ought to.
The story is rather simple. Some time in the future, around 2057, mankind has developed inter-planetary travel and is about to colonize Mars. Note: It's inter-planetary, NOT inter-stellar. To get resources for expansion special ice-pushers fly around in the solar system and "push" asteroids toward inhabitated areas to be catched and processed. That book is the story of one of those ships, the ship "Rockhopper".
One day, the Saturn moon Janus leaves its orbit around Saturn and begins to accelerate towards a star system far away. The ship Rockhopper is the only ship in range to intercept, and it is sent out to do so and to perform some analysis. The plan is: Intercept, make a five-day-analysis, then head back home.
Of course it's not that easy.
I won't tell what happens, that would be spoiling it. . But I will tell as much. First, there will be aliens, and humans know nothing in comparison to their achievements. Second, you will get a feeling of what "time" and "space" means on a cosmic scale. Third, reading the book WILL leave you with a tensed feeling, you will feel small, alone and insignificant in comparison to that universe and to time.
Still it's the story about the crew of Rockhopper, and what happens to them, and about how they are coping with the ongoings. It is always about them.
What I personally like most of Alastair is that he manages to get the feeling across. As reader you can actually glimpse of what it must be like to be confronted with things on a scale so much larger than anything we can usually imagine. You feel the vast emptiness of space, the incomprehensible distances of time, the insignificance of one single planet in space.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
A thing that bothers me is how someone can give less than four to five stars for this outstanding and concluded novel.
(I grow tired of those sequels where you can tell this was hacked apart by the publisher to grab more money faster)
In comparison it has so much more to offer than the usual throw-away space opera.
If you like to widen your horizon, grab this one. Hard SF inside, no ftl nonsense.
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This is a good book: it has an interesting story and well-developed characters, and it takes place in a hard sci-fi universe.Vor 11 Monaten von Ben O'Leary veröffentlicht
Es fällt mir schwer Pushing Ice zu bewerten. Auf der einen Seite ist es, wie von Reynolds gewohnt, eine sehr kreative (wenn auch leicht an den Rama-Zyklus erinnernde)... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2006 von Hador
Obwohl ich seit seinem ersten Buch ein eingefleischter Fan von A. Reynolds bin, muss selbst ich zugeben, dass sein neuestes Werk nicht aller Kritik erhaben ist. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. Dezember 2005 von navi_t