Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children #1)
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There are many cool ideas buried in here (A planet found bearing signs of artificial life, for example!), but 98% of the story revolves around the politics of a few family members. I didn't exactly find this riveting, or even particularly entertaining.
I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that Alastair Reynolds has managed to produce...more
I have been a huge fan of Alastair Reynolds for a long time thanks to his incredible Revelation Space series. Blue Remembered Earth is a very different type of novel from the series mentioned. This is a science fiction light novel told only the way that Alastair Reynolds can do it. This is an accessible starting point to those new to the masterful author. Blue Remembered Earth is tailored for a much larger audience as the science fiction is merely another character in the story, and not t...more
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While not space-opera galaxy spanning scale, the book encompasses much, and much of it is novel, well written, and (for me endearingly) optimistic. Personally I'm fu**ed off (yes I swore) with the current crop of apocalyptica. If I want anxiety, and fear, I nee...more
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Read my share of technical papers, as part of the day job. Concise, spare expositions that have data, assumptions, analysis and conclusions, all within the 7 page length limit. And I'll admit, sometimes my mind has wandered, placing these in stories fleshed with human participants and human emotions. One way to find more meaning in the cool things that science makes.
I'm back in that place, listening to the audiobook version of Blue Remembered Earth. Lots of cool stuff --- golem personalities, ne...more
A potboiler with a humanity-spreads-its-wings theme, filled with hard sic-fi babble about nanotech and human/machine interfacing. The future societies and governments Reynolds describes are quite creepy, built around pervasive electronic surveillance of the population backed up by psycho-mechanical limits on individual human behavior: solar system-wide communitarianism gone mad. There is one small surveillance-free zone on the dark side of the Moon, and, frankly, I found...more
I've always seen him as slightly uneven though, and although a brilliant story-teller, not always the perfect craftsman, and his characterization leaves at times things to which for.
(Usual self-repeat: I won't cover the story in this review, plenty of others do).
So let's start with the major let down: characterization. The main character (Geoffrey) starts out a whining...more
I liked it quite a lot though I liked In the Mouth of Whale more as i thought the Reynolds novel a bit too long for its content, while the characters do not come as distinguished as they could, especially Geoffrey and Sunday.
There is a lot of great stuff though - the world building top notch, Africa as a major power comes off naturally and pitch perfect, the Aquatics, the Moon, the Martians, the Mech, the AI phobia of the soci...more
1. Reynolds follows his usual, measured approach to technological advancement to some interesting ends.
2. There are a dearth of books that start with humanity puttering around the solar system that don't have people warping or worm-holing across the galaxy by chapter 4.
3. Giving the nature of the trilogy the next book may be much better.
Now the bad:
I found the book to just be meh with lots of components that seem poorly planned or undeveloped. The characters are more cl...more
Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds’ latest novel, is everything its mesmerizing title and equally captivating cover promises: a utopian science fiction novel showcasing an optimistic daydream of our future one hundred and fifty years from now, where our grandchildren have battled global warming head on and turned the world into a better place for all.
I say daydream because, ultimately, that is what Blue Remembered Earth is: Reyn...more
It would be unfortunate to expect this to be like other Reynolds works. It's more like a book from one of the established stars of 30 years ago. I've read a lot of those, and maybe that's why I liked this.
What Reynolds adds is a wonderful casualness about all the whizbang technology, and an offsetting realism in areas where there has NOT been...more
The setting, the language, the big, big wide view. It's a pleasure to sink into it.
It shares that period optimism and feeling of hope in the future, something that has been lacking in Science Fiction lately. Yet instead of the bland WASP future, Reynolds has extrapolated his future from what we know now, with some realistic science and the optimism I mentio...more
The only driving question for much of...more
Blue Remembered Earth follows members of the Akinya dynasty, specifically in this case Geoffrey and Sunday, as they go on what can best be described as a treasure-hunt throughout the solar...more
This novel spans more than a lifetime...more
Blue Remembered Earth was the first pick of our twitter book club (you can find us by searching for the hashtag #cifituits). During the joint reading, someone asked whether we considered this to be a typical Reynolds's novel. The short answer is, unfortunately, no. The long answer is a bit more complex.
Although many of the topics that are usual in the works of Reynolds (space travel, genetic modifications, brain implants, artific...more
Set about two hundred years in the future this novel provides a perhaps more realistic universe of human space exploration than a lot of contemporary authors, w...more
Reynolds nicely balances the various elements of the book. The story is a mystery of sorts, as two siblings uncover their grandmother's amazing secrets. It's also an adventure, a conspiracy tale, and a gripping look at a future all too possible. Reynolds has a wonderful grasp of the scientifically possible and probable, but also conjures up a world that is cleverly imagined. I don't kn...more
In The History of Science Fiction Adam Roberts writes, after Heidegger, that “technology, from windmills to hydroelectric plants, “enframes” the world in a certain way, allowing or shaping the ways in which we “know” the world around us.” Consequently, the science in science fiction is not much different from a classic thought experiment, an exercise in imagining our possible worlds and their technologically-defined archi...more
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