The Crystal Spheres
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
This is one of those stories that reminds me of the best of Clarke or Asimov, a big idea of the universe and human destiny. It is a short story that you'll read quickly but it's a tale that will linger fondly in your mind.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
I'm generally not a big fan of modern SF (or what passes for it), but this one was good. The premise of the story was very intriguing, but it could have been developed a little more. Nonetheless, it was well worth the time investment and I want to read more of the author's works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2015
This is a Hugo Award-winning short story from (I think) 1985. Like many good short stories, it has a strong theme or central idea while the characters are deliberately left sort of vague. It's a far-future story that addresses the question of why we haven't detected any ET "neighbors." I found the story thought provoking even though it was written over thirty years ago.

There was also a short "Author Note" after the story that added interesting insights about both the story's theme and the associated debate within the astro-biology community during the period in which Brin wrote the story

I did encounter one apparent typo (which I thought was weird): "case" where I'm pretty sure "cast" was the intended word. Perhaps that was a leftover artifact of whatever software was used to generate the Kindle version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
I really liked how the Main character was written and while I found some of the sociology unrealistic, I really loved the ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
David Brin is an excellent story teller who, in this tale, explores one potential reason for "the great silence." His characters are well developed and believable.
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on July 11, 2014
My first David Brin. Good short story.
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on January 13, 2014
A wonderful and clever answer to the great question -are we alone? But which came first? The sphere or the intelligence?
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on December 30, 2013
Completely new idea, very rare in the SF world. Would have liked the story to be a little longer, hopefully there will be another
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on December 23, 2013
Fermi Paradox - if there is life out there, why don't we have any signs of it. Ok, not precisely, but close enough. This is a rather imaginative explanation for why they haven't come to visit. Existence is another explanation. I recommend both books.
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on December 14, 2013
The pace of this story really fit it's format length. I was able to read this during a single weekend. The subject matter was also very unique. It wasn't your topical science fiction story. The author's POV regarding humans place on the universe and the existence of ET life is interesting and adds to a certain sadness to the conclusion of this story.
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