Characterizations are at best shallow We never come to care enough about any of the characters to develop an emotional connection much ess feel anything when they die or get any insight into the human condition In short this is one big empty book that goes nowhere except exactly the place we are told it s going very early onBear simply appears to have mailed it in when he wrote this one Take a pass on this one and ook into some of his other work instead Aliens The Majors Daughter launch a covert attack on Earth with no motive ever provided Humans are defenseless and are unable to provide even token resistance Earth is destroyed These are not spoilers because there s really nothing worth spoiling This book manages to take the opening few scenes of Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and drag it out over 400 pages without the humour or the Vogon poetry Overall a tiresome and forgettable read With its pacing and readability The Forge of God reminded me of a Michael Crichton novel the kind of science fiction story where scientific plausibility reigns and the narrative structure keeps you reading This is a good novel I enjoyed the heck out of it Reading this book however incited musings on the various incarnations of science fiction its characteristics and purposes Musings followThe Forge of God was recommended to me by the kind of reader who dismisses Ray Bradbury and Phillip K Dick because the science in their stories ranges from unconvincing to non existent This reader would not consider Vonnegut a science fiction writer I suppose if pressed he d call these authors fantasy writers Basically this fellow has no use for your so called science fiction unless the science determines the fiction Now I appreciate the heck out of a science heavy science fiction story I value plausibility to an extent and my brain definitely revels in some technical scientific information about physics astronomy geology bring it on But the science fiction that makes my mind bend does not necessarily possess this characteristicI have a special and abiding affection for science fiction thatets the science work in service of the story instead of making the story revolve around the science Authors Miss Shumway Waves a Wand like Bradbury Dick and Vonnegut do not spendoads of time trying to convince their readers of the scientific plausibility of the worlds they ve created I suppose they assume their genre allows for this kind of suspension of disbelief Science does not comprise the soul of these author s novels anyway it is merely the precondition of the action It is the agar in the petri dish not the culture that develops on it The preoccupation of this kind of author s story comes principally in human interaction and the examination of what it means to be human especially when human imits and capabilities are challenged means to be human especially when human imits and capabilities are challenged fiction premises present wonderful observation grounds for this kind of uestion because so often they involve artificial intelligence alien intelligence or human beings in non terrestrial environments For my taste what authors On His Majestys Service like Bradbury and Dickack in scientific rigor they than make up for in the keenness of their psychological insights into human behavior and the depth of their ontological inuiries regarding humansWhich brings me back to Greg Bear His story is neat as in tidy and as in cool It s clever built Different Class like a page turner short chapters freuently shifting points of view and especially fine are the chapters where his scientific minded characters dissect the central uandaries of t The difference between a 4 star book and a 5 star book is vast definitely than the span of one star Bearbears comparisons with Stephen King in his ability to draw huge inferences in character from descriptive narrative passages the actions of his characters and interior and exterior dialogs as well as relationships between characters For this reader they share a knack for initiating caring about what s happening to the characters and the magical gift of crafting a new world th A really great concept marred by heavy handed yet poorly detailed plotting For a world wide crisis one gets only momentary highevel glimpses of how most of the world is taking it the conceptualization of politics and diplomacy and government is pretty simplistic and for all the talk of characters intelligence none of them seem that bright which may actually be the point The most distracting thing for me was noticing how no matter how #often they were referred to as intelligent and competent there was not #they were referred to as intelligent and competent there was not woman in the entire book who acted independently or whose inner thoughts were exposed or who served any other purpose than to comfort support distract or sleep with the male characters except possibly the president s wife It s the sort of thing I accept as part of older SF but seems The Essential Good Food Guide less excusable in recent decade. Llebei op eigen manier goed met ons Of slecht Een van de twee maar welke roept een netwerk in heteven dat allerlei mensen verbindt en onopvallend aat samenwerken om de mensheid te redden maar is daar nog tijd voor en zo ja wat blijft er van ons ov.
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THAT IT FELT LIKE AN ARTHURit felt ike an Arthur Clarke story You know complicated science great concept crappy two dimensional characters I didn t In Defence of Dogs like or dislike one character They were there only to showcase the idea and the science Geologists happen across aarge rock structure in Death Valley that wasn t there before While investigating they discover an alien It can speak English having earned it from our radio waves in space and it says it is a hitchhiker with another entity that will destroy Earth Meanwhile a similar thing is happening in Australia but the message is one of peace The humans investigate and earn the the situation gets out of control It s much complicated than #this but I don t want to give anything awayI wasn t a #but I don t want to give anything awayI #Wasn T A Fan #t a fan the writing style but then again I m not a fan of Clarke s either The story could also shed about 10% of the filler and be much better If you The City in Mind like ACC youl probably Revenge (The Red Ledger like this as well I was really disappointed by this I had picked it up because I had reallyiked other Greg Bear novels Eon Eternity and Legacy So I was expecting something fantastical on the same scale as those areInstead it was a dull romp through 1980s paranoid Earth Pages and pages of the government trying to keep extraterrestrial contacts secret from the populaceThere was one very annoying No One Wants You literary device used throughout The novel is told from a 3rd person omniscient viewpoint And every time a major character appears to have figured something important out just as it would be revealed we switch to another character for several pages Seemsike desperation to keep the reader interestedThis reminded me a ot of Arthur C Clarke s Rama books no contact with the aliens just observations of their technology No supraluminal travel so everything takes ages No explanation of what the aliens possibly up to three factions but it was never clear are really up toI m amazed I made it all the way through I kept hoping something interesting would be revealed but it was not to be Wow Not one of Greg Bear s finest I would say Although the ast third does try to make up for the plodding two thirds Like most sci fi written in the past talking about the future that is now our past it has a few stumbling blocks where he didn t get it uite right Forge of God was written in 1986 the cold war was still on with no end in sight computers were just starting to reveal their usefulness as personal computing platforms and modern data storage techniues were coming to Penguins Poems for Life light Set in 1996 he gets a surprising number of things right personal computers small enough to carry around to hotels and airplanes optical storage media as a standard and flat panel screens On the other hand there are a couple references to the Soviet Union and Marxists as adversaries to the US that are kinda grimace worthy True to Bear fashion however the akwardness of the future come and gone is pretty easily overlooked as he focuses mainly on the people not the tech and the ways that theirives and character are changed over the course of the novel Basic premise two alien bogeys are discovered on earth The occupants of one anded in Australia say they bring enlightenment for all of humanity and start teaching those who l isten about advanced physics etc The second craft anded in Nevada ejects a dying alien who Divine Beauty livesong enough to claim that the planet eaters have come to destroy Earth and there s nothing that anyone can do about it There s also a third but we never really find out about it because the Evil Soviets are hiding itSo what happens A group of scientists are wrapped up trying to figure out what s going on and who to believe a group of government officials are trying to decide how much and what to tell the rest of the world and eventually the planet is destroyed in prose at times so moving and evocative that I don t recommend reading it alone in an empty apartment Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone like I did I put the book down and picked up my cat so I could hold in my arms a breathing fuzzy reminder that the planet does in fact still exist So where does it go wrong Well there s a storyine about a dying scientist the point of which I m still trying to understand As a friend to one of the main and most developed characters it could have been a great vessel for exploring the fragility of human Down to the Sea in Ships life and the upcoming confrontation hel have with his own mortality but instead it just kinda peters out As I mentioned earlier it starts out kinda plodding and slow It falls victim to the Heroes Phenomenon there are a Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, lot of characters we don t know why they re in the story and we re not terribly inclined to pay attention to them Eventuallyike Heroes it does all come together and make sense but I was Dog Years left wondering if there isn t a better way to get there Alsoike the ast Harry. Geologen op studietrektocht in Death Valley in Amerika ontdekken een 150 meter hoge uitgedoofde vulkaan die er een paar dagen eerder nog niet was Daarnaast vinden ze een bizar voorwerp Of is het een wezen Op andere plaatsen op de planeet worden ander. Potter I really could have done without epilogue The story itself sets up enough information as to what s going to happen afterward we really don t need to be sets up enough information as to what s going to happen afterward that we really don t need to be a couple hundred years into the future to have it spelled out to us Not to mention it was probably the amest part of the book I would say that his ater works are definitely better than this although I can see the promise here for those I rate this book so high because of the end really the meat of the story Perhaps it would have worked better as a short story truncating the beginning and focusing in on the main #events as they happened greg bear is one #as they happened Greg Bear is one the popular science fiction authors that I have been neglecting I have only read his best known book Eon prior to this one Perhaps that is just as well as I have uite a few to ook forward to I The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur like sci fi books set in the present day in this case 1996 they tend to be immediately relatable They also tend to be about First Contact the meeting of mankind and extraterrestrials Do you have a name the President asked Not in youranguage My name is chemical and goes before me among my own kind Ah I ove such alien weirdness The Forge of God seems to be all about First Contact during the first half of the book until some unexpected turns of event divert the storyline into an apocalyptic territory A crashed alien spaceship disguised as a volcanic cinder cone is found in the desert near the town of Shoshone USA at the crash site some geologists find an alien in very poor health Around the same time another faux cinder cone is found in an Australian desert no alien found but some robots make contact instead The alien in the US bears a message of doom the robots in Australia bring glad tidings for mankind WTF Soon the human characters discover something off about the alien and the robots and things escalate uicklyThe plot of The Forge of God is very intriguing and I had no idea where the story will go I ove the way science is woven into the fabric of the story rather than simply dumped as blocks of info Biology geology physics and astronomy expositions are cleverly used to make the story much believable as advantage sci fi has over fantasy for me The mystery of who or what the alien and robots are and what their agenda is fascinating Greg Bear makes effort than most sci fi authors to develop his characters However for sci fi this can be a double edged sword Sometimes the epic sci fi storyline dwarfs the characters and the readers become interested in the events in the story than the struggles of the characters It is not enough for characters to be believable and realistic they also need to be interesting to stand out in a sci fi epic I think this is the single flaw of this book Bear spends a Kuduz lot of time developing characters and they do seemike real people but unfortunately not interesting people It also does not help that there are too many point of view characters and most of them remain flat in spite of the author s valiant efforts Arthur C Clarke never bothered much with characterization he played to his strength of plotting and storytelling and the style works very well for himThe above mentioned gripe aside The Forge of God is a tremendously good read The ending really is a humdinger I wish I can tell you something about it without spoiling the book horribly OK I m going to put something behind this spoiler tagged paragraph view spoilerIt s the end of the world dudes The disintegration of the Earth is described here in amazingly visual details The description of the world s end through the eyes of several characters some ocated on Earth and some on a spaceship is wonderfully vivid hide spoiler 40 to 45 stars Excellent gripping story Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1988Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1988Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1988 Having read and enjoyed several other Bear books I had high hopes for this one Sadly Forge of God is perhaps the only book I ve ever read that has iterally nothing to redeem it I cannot figure out why Bear bothered to write this story It seemed to have nothing to say no commentary to impart and no excitement to bring while at the same time depicting a human race that faced with ultimate destruction fails to attempt even the smallest action in their own defense Humanity is depicted as sheep being herded to slaughter with only the merest hint of retaliation being given The plot The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, line is nothing but a simpleinear march to the earth s destruction Humanity The Taste of Ashes learns of the threat does absolutely nothing during the middle 23 of the book following which the earth is blown to bits Given theack of big picture response you d think perhaps Bear wanted to explore the end of the world scenario on a personal evel However the. E eigenaardige vondsten gedaan andere bergen en rotsen gevonden die er niet horen Spoedig blijkt dat er twee buitenaardse krachten in het spel zijn die elkaar bestrijden en die iets van ons willen maar wie is vóór ons en wie tegen of menen ze het