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Product Details

  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Argo-Navis (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786753668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786753666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great character development, exciting and entertaining.
HAL
It is a good story but leads you in a direction that the rest of the book doesn't follow and would fit better somewhere in the middle.
Michael Schatzki
I want to hang out with the remoras...... I want Mr Reed to write more books for this series.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ThunderHammer VINE VOICE on December 12, 2013
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This is a large collection of previously published stories set in Robert Reed's Greatship world. The Greatship is an incomprehensibly huge ship (it has the mass of Uranus) that enters our galaxy seemingly abandoned. Humans discover it and claim it and embark on a journey through the Milky Way, allowing alien species to also settle aboard the ship. This is all set far in the future when humans are immortal and possessed of almost limitless technological abilities.

So that's the backdrop. The stories are not so much about the ship as the passengers and leaders on the ship. Some are better than others, but mostly it's a matter of whether or not you like Robert Reed stories set in such a universe.

I did not encounter formatting or typographical errors (on the Kindle), as others have complained, but I did skip a few stories that I had already read elsewhere.

My personal favorites are The Man with the Golden Balloon, Mere, and the Caldera of Good Fortune.

I would argue that the entire collection is worth it just for The Man with the Golden Balloon, a story that starts out with spelunking through unexplored regions of the Greatship and turns out to be about the rise and fall of civilizations and a being that sets himself up as a god, and somehow comes full circle with some truly surprising twists. Read that story first (the stories are not connected significantly and can be read in any order), and then decide if you are interested in further Greatship adventures. I think you will be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Hovda on March 29, 2014
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If you consider yourself a serious reader of science fiction, this is a mandatory read. There are too many original ideas here to let this one go by. Mr Reed's creation sets a perfect stage for exploring a diversity of alien life and the mysteries of the great ship itself. You're wasting your time reading this review. Make your reservation and join the interstellar tour.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Tingle on December 9, 2013
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But some of the stories are so typo-filled that enjoying (and understanding) the work becomes an exercise in patience and puzzle-solving. I would have given 4 stars if some effort had been made to proofread.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schatzki on February 16, 2014
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I really liked this book so I gave it five stars. But for it to earn five stars, you have to skip the last story in the book.

For me, the best part about science fiction is universe creation. Fantasy writers usually create a completely "other" universe for their stories. "Hard" science fiction writers create universes by establishing a set of alternate premises, usually set in the future, and then try to figure out how humans (and other species) would function in the universe where those premises exist.

This is a book of short stories about "The Great Ship." The Great Ship is a sphere, the size of the planet Neptune, that earthlings find abandoned and wandering through space. Humans claim it and set off on an around the galaxy tour at one third light speed, picking up thousands of intelligent "tourists" along the way. All the stories are linked to the ship and some characters reappear in several of the stories, giving the whole thing a sense of continuity.

The three key universe building premises of this book are (and this is not a spoiler, the author lets us know about them early on) that (1) our galaxy is populated with thousands of space faring, intelligent species, many of whom have been around for millions of years before humans showed up, (2) that humans and most of the other species have figured out how to alter their DNA such that they are self repairing, almost impossible to kill, and thus virtually immortal and (3) that machines are, for the most part, self repairing.

The best thing about the book is the author's approach to how humans and other species deal with, and function within, a universe where they almost invariably will never die.

My biggest problem with the book is the last story.
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This book of short stories, like almost everything Robert Reed has written, is brilliant. Unlike the vast majority of science fiction writers, including many who are quite famous, Reed is a genuinely superb writer--on par with writers of "serious" fiction. He's only gotten better over the years--again, unlike many of his contemporaries. I recommend this book highly, but I'd suggest reading Marrow and Well of Stars first in order to fully appreciate it. More novels, Mr Reed!
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Also consider that an additional Group of Beings that are people too, but not our species. In fact the number of other Species is perhaps in the Billions. And up to billions of members in each species, most of whom are immortal,and that is only the organic organisms. There are ### A.I's of all kinds. This Ship is on a cruise of our Galaxy for fun and adventure for the next 500 Billion Years. Sign me Aboard !
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I like the Great Ship stories and I like Robert Reed's writing. This was almost too much of a good thing though and I got kind of tired by the end. Also, like others have said, there were a lot of typos in this ebook that got to be pretty annoying after awhile.
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By Ryan W on July 8, 2014
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I thought it was ok. I expected more of a continuation on A Well Of Stars but the connection was made only briefly at the very end. This is a collection of short stories about characters and events that took place on The Greatship prior to the ending of the last book in the series. The author does ok at piecing the stories together in a cohesive way but I found myself needing to reorient after every bridge which I found disruptive. Still, some of the content is very fascinating the stretches the imagination and keeps the pages turning.
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