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- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (April 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J90EISC
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Echoes of Earth (The Orphans Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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So once again, it's the future: 2165 or around about that. It appears that by 2050, Earth had become all peaceable and stuff and also monstrously prosperous, thanks to technology. So everyone became real keen on exploring space. 'Cept that it would be really expensive and not terribly feasible to send human crews blasting around for hundreds of years to reach our nearest neighbors. So engram crews were sent instead: super-complex software recreations of actual people, or bodiless clones, if you will. This meant that the ships just basically had to be flying computers with some nanofacturing capabilities to build stuff at the destination. Also the engrams could basically ride along in stand-by mode, more or less sleeping, so as to not, you know, flip out through the sheer boredom of the long voyage.
Well, at this here one distant destination, many light years away, and a hundred years after launch time, one engram does wig out over the basic disconnect over "my memories tell me I am Peter but really I know I am a computer program in a VR environment". So his crew dumps him in an android body on the planet's surface and tells him to just kind of putter about at the base camp there and stay out of their way. They get no transmissions from Earth, so obviously something happened during the trip and the home planet cannot or will not talk to them (although of course any real-time communications would be out of the question due to the years-long time lag).
A coupla years later, the engrams are just minding their business and building robo-facilities and exploring and stuff, when, within a day, a bunch of linked orbital towers get connected via space elevator to the surface.Read more ›
In 2050, Earth begins to send out 1000 exploration ships containing engrams, cybernetic personality simulations, rather than actual humans. All the engram crews are based on only 60 personalities. One of these engrams, based on Peter Stanmore Alander, is particularly unstable, but all break down within a few decades.
The engram ship Frank Tipler has the mission to Upsilon Aquarius. In 2160, the ship reaches its target and the engram crew begins their mission to study the solar system. They had lost communications with Earth shortly after they left, but are confident that Earth will contact them later. Alien ships suddenly enter the UA system and build 10 orbital towers -- beanstalks -- and an interconnecting ring in only a few hours as the engrams watch. Peter Alander, who has been permanently assigned an android body to slow down his personality deterioration, enters an alien device at the bottom of one tower and is carried up to orbit. There he encounters the Gifts, 11 artificial intelligences who control the advanced technology provided by the aliens as gifts to the less advanced humans. Among these gifts are devices to communicate and travel faster than light.
The Gifts are programmed to obey only one person -- Peter Alander -- among the crew; the aliens, who the engrams call Spinners, apparently want the Gift recipients to absorb the new technology slowly to reduce cultural shock.Read more ›
I read this book all the way through but, while it was interesting, I can't say that I liked it very much by the time I got to the end. Intellectually stimulating perhaps, but not emotionally satisfying. Some readers will like it a lot, I'm sure, but I had a very mixed reaction to it. At this point, I'm not sure if I will read the next book in this series or not. I can't give ECHOES OF EARTH a strong recommendation. Proceed at your own risk.
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This is very good original Sci-Fi. You are immediately immersed in futuristic technology that allows starships to reach distant "Goldilocks" planets at sub-light speed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Severian
This book was hard to follow, with pages of dialog going by before a character would take action. Also, the main character was a weak and petty individual who I was hoping would... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Hard Sci-Fi Guy
I think that this book as interesting ideas and it is written well, but I could not read it to save my life. I had to put it down even after skipping more and more text. Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. Pesce
For me, this book recaptures what I particularly enjoy about Science Fiction; lots of mind expanding ideas set in the near future as humanity begins to explore our galaxy. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Neil G. Matthews
This book is full of half realized fantastical ideas that it doesn't back up at all.
It pretty much loses its own thread and concentrates on some kind of existential crisis... Read more
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Alright, let me be fair as I can be ... the writing (use of language, forms, syntax) was good if not great, but the story in general... Read more
Exploratory spaceships from Earth are crewed by digitised personalities. 110 years after it left, one such ship encounters alien ships. Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by average
_Echoes of Earth_ by Sean Williams and Shane Dix in the opening pages introduces us to the character Peter Alander, a member of the deep space survey ship _Frank Tipler_. Read morePublished on July 19, 2005 by Tim F. Martin
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