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Flies from the Amber Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451454065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451454065
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,832,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel is a fantastic romp, one filled with many wonderful turns of phrase, and one which relativity plays a part. Remember Disney's The Black Hole? Well, this particular take on objects hanging at the edge of the singularity, where NONE COULD POSSIBLY BE, is captivating. If you enjoy hard science fiction, Wil McCarthy is a writer you should add to your stable of go-to authors.
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Great book. Why? Because the characters are believable and real, the science is pretty far out, but - again - believable and real,

and because it'll satisfy your need to see some folks get through a pretty sticky situation.

McCarthy's a grea SF writer. This seems like early stuff. Get to know a simpler, lower-key McCarthy here.

Read it!

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This is a great story about a humanity that has overcome war to colonize the stars. I always find the prospect of a universe bound by the laws of relativity a somewhat depressing concept. And yet, the humans of the story go on with their lives and toil enduring decades of travel between destinations. What is more amazing than their discovery of alien artifacts is their daring and ingenuity that allows them to grasp a technological prize and overcome one of the great obstacles nature has placed on matter. The hard sci-fi part of the book is very well written. The book may seem slow in the beginning, but read on. I think you will also find it is worth it.
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Although I was hoping for more about the "flies", the story about the human colonies and their differing viewpoints was very interesting. I enjoyed the love elements, too.
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Wil McCarthy has become one of my favorite authors. Thisbook is a really good example of why. First, the 'hard' science in the book. There are no 'violations' so to speak of the known laws of physics. The speed of light is not violated, as all the transport is sub light in speed. One character walked away from a marriage for an eighty year voyage. The transport becomes part of the human story. Even when humans are surviving to a thousand years, what marriage can withstand an eighty year hiatus?

As far as the main story, just wow! Aliens suspended in time deep within the gravity well of a black hole, an ancient war that spans millennia, some puzzling and impossible artifacts that can only be made with intelligence, but no intelligent aliens have been found. Lots of good science and scientific speculation.

I am reading the Android's Dream by Wil McCarthy, and it is a hoot AND a serious novel as well. Mr. McCarthy has my respect and gratitude for providing some seriously entertaining SciFi, which is all I ask.

Regards,

John Price
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