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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (June 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2013
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C74OY7M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Suspending disbelief is good and appropriate when reading science fiction, but again (as in Betrayer Of Worlds) I cannot credence the organism's claimed capabilities. The clustered nanobots become remarkably brilliant and quick in their thinking and their physical actions, yet the nanobots are smaller than biological cells, and plants / animals (e.g., weeds / insects) are mentally- and physically-unremarkable cell clusters. And my skepticism about nanobot potential distracted me from enjoying this novel.
Our intrepid authors have managed to spin a yarn that combines great characters with fun science and an entirely plausible future for a "Dammit! I have to stop reading for a minute to walk the dog" kinda book.
This sucks because now we have to sail westward just so I can nag them to write another.
I hate California...
First, if you have a deficient sense of humor or no appreciation of science, don't buy it.
Second, the higher your IQ the more you are likely to enjoy the story.
Third, the higher your FQ, Fannish Quotient, the more you will get out of this story, especially if your FQ involves intimate knowledge of Los Angeles fandom.
Fourth, the higher your HQ, Humor Quotient, the more you will like this story. Do expect puns and a few dogs with a long case of the shaggies.
Fifth, very little suspension of disbelief is required if you have some honest knowledge of nanotechnology and the makerbots concept.
Sixth, it is NOT a Niven story with the scenic scope of Ring World or the Shipstar stories. The scope is smaller. (Pun intended.) The story runs away with you rather than the setting almost overwhelming the story. (Not that the latter is always a bad thing. With a Niven story that's emphatically the case.)
Be willing to be entertained. Be willing to laugh and chuckle, often. Be willing to pause briefly to think about what you just read. All this will help you get through the story feeling like you got more than your money's worth out of it. And it has, one might say, a cast of trillions. So if you have a rich sense of humor and some appreciation of the scientific setting, go for it. You'll probably come away satisfied. For some this might be a lunch. For others it's a five course gourmet dinner. I kind of got lost at the third course level. I've gafiated too long now.
Of course it's five stars. It's actually maybe closer to 4.75. But, whose quibbling about that?
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The critics said it was better that Lucifer's Hammer, I would say it is as good as Lucifer's Hammer.
solar system? Who would use it and how? Much speculation has been about artificial intelligences , computers , developing
consciousness. Would a group of nano robots , or 'bots , acting in conjunction with each other develop a group
mind? This book explores these questions. It is packed with S-F references and gives a nod to S-F pioneers
like Robert Anson Heinlein in the plot of the story. The characters are larger than life and the action is brisk. The book
and characters could easily have been elaborated on and the book should probably be at least twice as long ; editors
and accountants may have been involved in abbreviating the manuscript. I'd love to see the longer version. Indeed
during the book one of the characters derides the editors that fifty to seventy-five years ago had the nerve to cut work
by R.A.H. Many S-F fans think that such actions were akin to flushing the Mona Lisa. Editors used to be
frustrated authors that can't write , but need an income. If perfection arrived on their desk they would still have
to change it just to justify their job/existence. Perhaps there are other books to follow this one up.
Another worthy read co-written by Larry Niven and Mathew Joseph Harrington.
The four main characters are as resourceful, opinionated and smug as any protagonist produced by Heinlein in his later years. They effortlessly dispose of all opposition, play endless one-upmanship games, discuss sex with a strange combination of coyness and prurience, and constantly crack up at each other's (poor to adequate) attempts at humour. The also spend a lot of time preaching to each other on whatever topic is currently exercising the author(s): we learn that cats are great; science fiction writers and fans are great; Robert Heinlein was omniscient and infallible; the French are really, really bad (apparently they eat cheese, surrender a lot, and needlessly put little crossbars on their 7s); and that Global Warming is a hoax (not just Anthropogenic Global Warming, but Global Warming in general). Oh, and actually the Global Warming hoax perpetrators took over the whole of science in 1987 and thwarted research into faster-than-light travel (really).
There are two story arcs. One is a deeply unpleasant and simplistic effort to "improve" humanity without humanity's knowledge - oh, and to incidentally eliminate sheep and goats (really). The other (the "Goliath stone" of the title and cover art) foozles along intermittently and goes nowhere.
If this is intended as satire, as I've seen suggested, then it's a poor effort. If it's intended as serious science fiction, then it's a catastrophically poor effort.
Geniale Ideen, die auch sprachlich gelungen umgesetzt werden.
The story centers around nano-technology. Not sure that the science is exactly right, but at least there is no FTL or time travel. But, how do you program a nanobot or a huge collection of then to do really complex stuff like decoding/re-writing the human genome? Never mind, it's a really good story with a surprising and happy twist at the end.
This book, while being based on a good idea, is littered with, which can only be described as slap stick, stand up comedy laced with cheap political expressions and characters constantly laughing at their own jokes.
It is simply annoying to read.
A pity, really, since the parts dealing with the "aliens" is actually quite interesting.
The Fate Of Worlds, by the same pairing of authors, was quite good in contrast.