Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children #1)
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No no no no noooo! What is happening! This is not gothic space opera. This doesn't even have John Lee as narrator. What is the universe coming to!? Suffice to say, I did not spend a credit on the audio version. It st...more
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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
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
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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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
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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
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
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
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
The setting, the language, the big, big wide view. It's a pleasure to sink into it.
If I did not know that Blue Remembered Earth is the first instalment in a longer series, I wouldn't have managed to reach the end of this disappointing book. I'm a big fan of Reynolds, I was really looking for meeting new characters in a non-Revelation Space universe, but Reynolds' newest work lacks in so many departments.
First of all, despite many people defending him and claiming otherwise, it seems that the famous deal Reynolds cut with publishers played som...more
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
1. human/elephant direct brain/brain connection
2. simulated people derived from all their life information that are almost as real as the actual person
3. ability to inhabit an android on another planet so you can be there even though you're not there
4. ability to change into a whale and live as a whale and speak to humans, if you choose
5. aliens, alien technology, and an alien world
and so much more.
And there was a nice little genre-jumping mystery...more
Fair attempts were those last two books but Mr. Reynolds seemed almost to lack the necessary scope, passion and heart these last few years that made T...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
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