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The Fleet of Stars Mass Market Paperback – February 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest of Stars (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (February 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812545982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812545982
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Poul Anderson marks the 50th year of his science fiction writing career with the conclusion of his Harvest of Stars series (Boat of a Million Years, Harvest of Stars, The Stars are Also Fire, Harvest the Fire). While the writing is leisurely, the action bounces between the solar system and the stars as Anson Guthrie returns to action once again (or at least his downloaded consciousness does). It seems the artificial intelligence that half support and more than half control the Terran system are hiding something from humanity, and Guthrie is determined to find out what that is. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the fourth installment of Anderson's "Harvest of Stars" series (e.g., Harvest the Fire, LJ 10/15/95), Anson Guthrie returns from the distant planet Amaterasu to investigate fragmented rumors about what solar lenses have found in deep space. On Earth he joins Fenn, a former Earth policeman, and his Terran girlfriend, Kinna Ronay, to learn why the cybercosm thinks it's too dangerous for humans to resume space exploration. This hard-science novel effectively explores the relationships between men and machines, cultural differences, and rebellion. Highly recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Much in the same style as a Heinlein book in it's gruff long-lived hero, Anson Guthrie, the story may not please some who want up to the minute hard techno SF or a tight linear plot. The focus on the humanity of the characters, the way they think and feel at first seems distracting but leads you to give real thought to the conflicting philosophies that are presented by the various types of humans and the computer derived "protectors" that they have created somewhat in their image... In between you meet many various characters from different human and evolved animal societies and get involved in what their dreams,wishes, loves, and regrets are... I saw the books questions could be applied to our own here and now and what should be important for humanity to do... Should we be safe and save resources and stay here on our Earth or is there some reason or need to gamble and send man and not just robots to space.. This book explores all that and more without
pushing answers on you..It's also an entertaining big-question, old-style, many ideas at once SF story...not for everyone...but Poul Anderson sure does write characters you would like to know and can feel for... It moved me and made me cry at the end...and whatever a book's faults I guess that's an endorsement of the characterization...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
THE FLEET OF STARS, the final book of Poul Anderson's four-volume future history that began with HARVEST OF STARS, is perhaps the most successful. That's not saying much admittedly, but THE FLEET OF STARS leaves one with much fewer complaints than the previous books of the series.
THE FLEET OF STARS takes place over five hundred years after the previous book, HARVEST THE FIRE, and shows a far-future in which humanity is trapped in complacent irrevelance by the cybercosm, a collection of intelligent machines. Anson Guthrie, the libertarian icon and hero of the first book, leaves one of the distant planets he has colonized and returns to the Sol in download form to investigate rumors of a massive discovery by a gravitational lense.
This really is a mystery story, and although it drags often Anderson does manage to sustain suspense over what exactly the lense has discovered. The ending comes as something of a surprise. Unlike another reviewer, I felt the ending was particularly strong because it does answer the one question that the reader keeps in mind.
Although I cannot recommend this series, if you have already read HARVEST OF STARS and THE STARS ARE ALSO FIRE, it might be a good idea to read the latter two books of the series. While not as readable as airplane books or as substantial as real literature, this series does occasionally entertain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DickStanley. on September 6, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Several times in the middle, I got so tired of reading repetitive speeches by the unctuous know-it-all Chuan, that I almost quit. Glad I didn't, as the action finally picked up at the end with startling surprises that made me glad I finished it. I probably wouldn't plow through it again, but there are parts, especially in the last hundred pages that I won't forget.
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By A. G Provencal on February 8, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has some interesting parts, some good parts and some fun parts. But, the sum of these three does not equal a well written whole. This novel at 405 pages is at least 100 pages TOO long! It has at least two TOO many subplots. If this was the first writing of Poul Anderson that I read I would never want to read anything else of his. A good deal of the book is tedious reading. In contrast to this novel some of his short stories and novellas are very good.
The ending is ho-hum at best.
I finished reading this book largely out of a sense of duty. I don't like to start something and not finish it.
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