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"A totally new and original work that stretches his talents to their fullest. . .welcome back, champ!"--The Detroit News --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B009Y4JQFS
- Publisher : Spectra (November 19, 2008)
- Publication date : November 19, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 3358 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 434 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #238,472 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nemesis presents an unusual story, Earth is over-crowded and colony ships are leaving as soon as they can. This story follows Rotor, one of the ships, called Settlements, and some of the people aboard it. Advances in space travel have been occurring due to the Settlements research. The Rotor is the first ship capable of Hyper-Assistance, not a true ftl but better than a chemical boost. They also discover that Earth's Sun has a ... and around that ... there is a planet, a very strange planet that is not exactly inhabited, but also not lifeless. And then there's Marlene, a very unusual girl...
If you enjoy reading, haven't read this before (or even if you have!) pick up a copy and read it, you will not regret it!
Good and entertaining. Recommended SciFi addicts!
All the classic elements of Asimov are here. This is hard SF with astrophysics and other hard sciences playing a major role in the development of the plot. At times it gets a little bogged down with explaining scientific concepts and the characters seem like they are there just to bounce ideas off each other but if you have read and enjoyed Asimov or any other hard SF author before then you probably won't mind.
This is not in the same league as classic Asimov such as the Foundation series but it is still better than your average science fiction novel and worth your time.
Ok, I'm being a smartarse, but then, when discussing Asimov, that almost seems appropriate. Asimov was asked by his editor to write something that wasn't "A Foundation novel, or a Robot novel, or an Empire novel", and he, technically, did as she wished, but I doubt many Robots/Empire/Foundation fans will care much, and will, as I did, wallow in another masterful fantasy, which stands on its own in its own right, but will immediately be recognizable to fans of the great Robots/Foundation universe nonetheless.
Asimov describes a world 200-300 years from now, where the first steps towards extra-terrestrial habitation are being made. One colony decides to make a jump to a nearby hither-to undiscovered star, only to discover that the star is likely to put Earth in peril. All of which would lead to a simple resolution if only the colonists didn't hate Earthmen, and the people of Earth didn't hate the colonists.
Enter Marlene, a highly intelligent 15 year old colonist who is, by far, probably the best character I've seen Asimov paint. Can she save Earth? Does she want to?
To go into more detail would probably spoil the plot, but Asimov builds a convincing second solar system with an unfamiliar and original arrangement of planets and worlds, and as usual Asimov doesn't ever feel tempted to spoil the science for the plot, instead working it in and making the beauty of worlds light-years away real and solid. Indeed, in this respect it does differ from the other R/E/F novels: There's a "real" solar system here, not some copy of our own, but one where Asimov has clearly done the calculations and could probably have told you the position of each asteroid in the system if only you'd asked him.
As always, human failings come to the surface, and Asimov shows passionate concern about human prejudice, pride, and hatred.
The novel has faults: it does not exactly grab the reader by the throat, feels too long, and too much of it has been done before. Indeed, towards the end Nemesis begins to feel like a low-budget Star Trek episode. If Asimov had shown his usual tendencies towards cardboard characterization, this might have been not much better.
Fortunately, Nemesis is better: It is easily read, the characters are often wonderful, the science is at once both believable and interesting, and even Asimov's trademark conversations have a different degree of humour to them. It's certainly worth putting up with the lacking-something ending for what is otherwise a great read.
Top reviews from other countries
The concept, after reading modern masters such as Alistair Reynolds, seemed mundane and low impact. I found the storytelling hard going, laboured and overworked.
Somehow i found myself quite irritated at the endless conversations about minor plot points, rather like a crow bashing a nut on a rock repeatedly, only to find a tiny withered kernel inside, whilst listening to all my crow friends shouting "There's only a withered kernel in that one!", and knowing they're probably right, but hoping they aren't, then finally discovering a withered, tiny, unsatisfying little niblet to chew on. And this review is direct and to the point in comparison. Sorry to all the Asimov fans, but i feel very under-whelmed. Where's a new Richard Morgan when you need one?
The book itself is an Azimov classic. A stand-alone sci fi book not related to the foundation series. Highly recommended for any sci-fi buff.