The Gods Themselves
Only a few know the terrifying truthan outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun.They know the truthbut who will listen?They have foreseen the cost of abundant energybut who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival....more
By pure, I mean that there's a single, science-related "what-if," and that the story hinges upon that. (In contrast to, for example, a space opera such as Star Trek, in w ...more
Throughout the courses I took for my my undergraduate degree in Economics, we talked a lot about the driving forces behind the choices people make. One of the greatest is magic. We all want to find that magical thing that makes us not have to work as hard; magic makes life easier.
This quest for magic has helped us innovate on a grand scale and use the resources around us for our own benefit. Whether it's been good ...more
I normally really enjoy Asimov’s works. Foundation, especially, is one of my favourite SF novels. I am going to go against what appears to be the norm by not giving this novel four or five stars. It’s a novel I respected rather than enjoyed.
I can certainly r ...more
I am a physicist, mind you. The amazing thing abou ...more
Anyway, this book is one of the stronger contenders, as Asimov treats us to a graphic, no-holds-barred description of how a three-gendered species get it on. I found it convincing, and many people agree that i ...more
The concept is mind-boggling. Energy transfer between parallel universes, a universe which contains a three-gendered species, a convincing thermodynamic problem solved in a convincing way: it's all there for the aficionado of Hard SF. Also, the shortsightedness of governments regarding possible disasters, when there are goodies available for the taking by ignoring the dangers seem strangely prophetic in the face of the Climate Change ...more
29 May 2012
The title of this book is a part of a longer title, which is used to split up the three sections of the book: Against Stupidity the Gods Themselves Contend in Vain'. I believe that that is actually an Ancient Greek saying, which is not surprising at all. Nope, as it turns out I am incorrect (thankyou Internet), it was in fact a saying of a German Poet named Friedrich von Schiller, but it is not the saying or the meaning of the saying that I re ...more
Winner: Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel (1973)
Winner: Nebula Award Best Science Fiction Novel (1973)
Winner: Locus Award Best Science Fiction Novel (1973)
Voted to 1998 Locus List of "All Time Best" Science Fiction Novels (Pre 1990)
Bonus: alien "marriage" and reproduction so inventive it's not even sexy. But it is kind of sweet, and romantic in its ...more
The story could be cut into 3 distinct parts, the FIRST part had very interesting mystery and conflict and drew his characters quite well. I enjoyed it.
The SECOND part made the book difficult to put down, a very unique/difficult type of character was portrayed here and Mr. Asimov did a wonderful job giving life to them. I strongly felt this was my favorite part and sympathized greatly. I also found my self betting the pages what would be the conflict resolution, and th ...more
Some of my favorite quotes from this year come from this book:
"Now then, young man, don't ask me to stop the Pumping. The economy and comfort of the entire planet depend on it. Tell me, instead, how to keep the Pumping from exploding the Sun."
"There are no happy endings ...more
Ako jedan od najvećih majstora SF-a ovo sam smatra svojim najdražim djelom onda vas to mora privući.
Ne samo da ga sam smatra, nego ga mnogi kritičari i čitatelji smatraju jednim od najboljih djela žanra uopće.
The novel is divided into three parts. The overall story revolves around aliens from a parallel universe (the para-Universe) who exploit a difference between the physical laws in their para-Universe and our Universe: in our Universe plutonium 186 decays into tungsten 186 and in the para-Universe tungsten 186 ...more
The first section belabors very well a nice joke from Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions, proposing a change to the physics of the universe, building an elaborate Tesla-style economics on them, and then exposing how no one wants to alter the physics, even when faced with certain death, because that would require alteration of the economics.
The middle section switches to some weird aliens with trilateral sex lives, simila ...more
La descripción del universo paralelo es para enmarcar.
El algunos tramos, sobretodo al principio, el autor peca de un poco de utilizar tecnicismos en temas científicos que si se los hubiera ahorrado no hubiera pasado nada. Pese a que se entiende el conjunto, no hubiera pasado nada si hubiera simplificado un poco toda esa retórica.
Muy contento con la lectura.
I've always loved Asimov best out of the science fiction giants because of just how much science he puts into his fiction. The book doesn't disappoint in that area. The other thing I love is that even most laymen can understand the science he puts into his b ...more
"Cuando Los propios dioses se lleva el Hugo, el Locus y el Nébula, hacía 14 años que Isaac Asimov no escribía una novela de ciencia-ficción -exceptuando la adaptación de la película Viaje alucinante-. Todos los aficionados al género estaban ansiosos por leer la nueva obra del gran maestro y él les da exactamente lo que buscan: afronta sus carencias desde una historia original que no encaja en el universo de sus sagas; elabora un argumento de invest ...more
Üldiselt jagunebki teos kolmeks ülalkirjeldatud tükiks. Esimeses avastavad teadlased ene ...more
A evo zašto...
Pre dve nedelje počeo mi se javljati neki problem sa očima pa sam morao prestati ne samo sa čitanjem nego i sa drugim aktivnostima koje bi umarale oči (komp, tv... ). Sledi odlaženje kod doktora, ispitivanja, čekanje u čekaonicama i izrada prvih naočara.
Knjiga svo to vreme strpljivo čeka, a ja bukvalno izgaram od želje da sazanam šta se desilo na kraju (bio mi je ostalo još samo poslednji deo).
Inicialmente mis impresiones eran bastante negativas: son tres historias que giran en torno a un mismo eje; hay mucho detalle científico; bastantes diálogos extensos y, para colmo, la traducción del ejemplar que escogí dejaba bastante que desear, por lo que más de una vez hube de echar un vistazo al original inglés para enterarme detalladamente d ...more
Now as I sit trying to type about the book I'm at a loss on how to describe it without spoiling the experience of the book. It would also be hard to explain what it's about. That's where Asimov's skill seems to lie ...more
La opinión vino del camarada en un post que dio mucho de sí en los comentarios y se titulaba Primeras dos semanas con el Kindle, luego tuve la suerte de que me prestaran uno durante un par de semanas y ya no hubo lugar a dudas.
Así que comencé a leer este libro por error, pensaba que era uno que me habían recomend ...more
i really enjoyed the 3 sections of the book. it's told from the men on earth's side, the para-men's side, and then finally t ...more
The first segment introduced a bunch of very important characters brilliantly. I have to admit I found it hard to get into (physics is not my forte), I took notes and made some research on the internet to get a good grasp of the subject matter and I found that to be very enriching.
The second segment is hands down the best portrayal of an alien race I have ever come across. It is so di ...more
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te ...more