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The Gentle Giants of Ganymede (Giants #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,361 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Long before the world of the Ganymeans blew apart, millennia ago, the strange race of giants had vanished. All that remained of them was a wrecked ship, abandoned on a frozen moon of Jupiter. Now Earth's scientists were there, determined to ferret out the secret of the lost race. Then suddenly the Ganymeans returned, bringing with them answers that would alter all Mankind' ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 246 pages
Published October 12th 1984 by Del Rey Books (first published June 12th 1978)
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Aug 15, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I liked this book better than the first one. There was more character interaction. There were the aliens also that provided interaction. This book, unlike the first one, seemed less centered on science. There was still plenty of SCIENCE talk, but it seemed to flow so much better in this one. There were some interesting ideas floating about that posed some questions worth mulling over.

This was written back in the 70’s so it was certainly dated when it came to technology. The author’s idea of the
Aug 03, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing the story began in "Inherit the Stars," this is about the discovery of a corpse on the moon, dressed in a red spacesut, that happens to be 50,000 years old. Further research on the corpse, and the items found with it, and further discoveries elsewhere on the Moon, lead to the conclusion that there was a planet, Minerva, between Mars and Jupiter. The planet was dying; a rising level of carbon dioxide would soon render it uninhabitable. Various methods to fix the problem were considered ...more
Nov 10, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes the series in a different direction from what I expected. As always, with Hogan one gets more ideas than characters. (The author reminds me of Arthur C. Clark in that respect). Here the ideas involve around more in depth understanding on the nature of evolution, time dilution, and planet formation. One could read this story without having had read book one and would have no problem following the story.

Hogan's one of my favorite science fiction authors and with this second book in
Sep 07, 2010 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
How did they know the gravity beacon reconfigured itself in both software and hardware before they turned it on? (And if you want something to be super reliable, you don't give it extra potential fail modes.)

This series has gone from cute to silly.
Per Gunnar
This book continues where Inherit the Stars left off. However, this time the subject of the research turns up alive and, reasonably, well. Rather remarkable timing for them to return after 25 million years just when the humans starts to investigate their whereabouts but let’s not get picky now. It is Science Fiction after all. The book is still a lot about research and finding out what actually happened 25 million years ago as well as the more recent events 50 000 years ago.

Given that the Ganyme
This is the second novel in the trilogy. It pales in comparison to the first. Primarily because it doesn't really have a plot. Stuff happens, but there's not really a driving force that the characters are trying to achieve. The novel starts by meeting the Ganymeans, who were hinted at in the first book. It does tie up a lot of loose ends left from the first book involving man's history, but it's mostly about the Ganymeans and their interactions with humanity. It's ho hum in general.

On the plus s
Maria Beltrami
Gioiellino della fantascienza tecnologica e utopistica, in cui i terrestri hanno rinunciato alla violenza e di conseguenza non sparano a vista sugli alieni emersi dagli abissi del tempo e dello spazio, alieni che sono delle copie giganti dei figli dei fiori, con i loro abiti colorati, i lunghi capelli e le fronti cinte di face d'oro, e fa niente che le fasce sono i migliori precursori delle webcam che abbia mai trovato nella scifi del tempo.
Incredibilmente la traduzione è piacevole, e il titolo,
Terry Henderson
Feb 16, 2017 Terry Henderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Trilogy by James P Hogan are awesome. Excellent writer, excellent story. I highly recommend these. Starts with Inherit the Stars...
An enjoyable SF mystery story.

Inherit the Stars had been a pleasant surprise (I hadn't even heard of JPH before that), and GGoG continued along the same path. Like in Inherit, the writing style here was pretty straightforward and to the point, i.e. the characters didn't have personalities, their inner feelings and motivations were not elaborated on etc. This is not good or bad in itself, but has all to do with the author's capabilities. To me JPH doesn't feel like an author who should try that
May 08, 2009 Phillip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's been almost fifteen years since I read "Inherit The Stars." I wasn't certain since I had never read a book that had been defined as "hard science fiction." What I found was an intriguing detective story complete wtih a dead body, but the mystery was not whodunnit, but rather, how on earth was the body doing on the surface of the moon having died long before man evolved on earth.

Th resulting novel follows some intriguing lines of logical exploration that spiral methodically towards the solut
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is the second of the Giants novels, after Inherit the Stars. In the first novel, a body is found inside a space suit on the moon--and turns out to be 50 thousand years old. Later, on Ganymede, is found a derelict alien ship, with the remains of alien giants--and it turns out to be 25 million years old. These are the central mystery around which the story revolves, and the interesting part is the play of scientific ideas. In other worlds, the novel his hard science--pretty hardcore.

In the s
Dec 28, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many childhood sci-fi novels I've chosen to read again as an adult. I had finished reading Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and was so depressed, it caused me to think of the novels I had read in the past that gave me hope for the future, made me proud to be human. Then I remembered "Inherit The Stars" and devoured that in a couple days. Moved onto Gentle Giant's of Ganymede and just finished that. Today, my new Kindle Fire got delivered and this series was the first thing I transfer ...more
Mark Austin
May 27, 2016 Mark Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
Sep 24, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the Giants series is better than Book 1. As an aside, the books written in the 1970s foretell into the future about 45 years. Earth has advanced into going to the planets, and discovered hidden objects on the moon. They meet aliens and get along with them. However, men are still smoking at scientific meetings, have landline phones and are amazed at the advancement of the aliens because they have objects with them
that keep them in touch with each other at all times and a computer they c
While nominally a sequel to Inherit the Stars, the two books cry out to be read together in order to solve all the mysteries arising in Inherit. However, Inherit the stars is a better science fiction detective story. The science is fun in both of them, but there is little character development or conflict so the detection held the interest in Inherit, which I gave 5 stars. The solution to science mysteries are revealed in Gentle Giants, but not as a result of a logical sequence of detecting step ...more
Ben Eiynk
Good sci-fi, I love the 'Giants' books by Hogan. As I said before, they've aged pretty well, considering they're over 30 years old, the misogyny and constant smoking is quaint at this point. I'm intrigued by the whole 'subspace power grid' concept of the structure of the universe... Greg Bear went somewhere similar in 'Anvil of the Stars' and it all kind of smells to me similar to the 'ether' concept of the 19th century as an explanation for electromagnetic wave behavior. Still, there an overall ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The climax to the second Giants novel, similarly focused on rapid scientific discoveries as in Inherit the Stars, is admittedly impressive and awesome. However, it takes an exceeding amount of unorganized rising action to get there. Clearly set up as a cliffhanger prequel to the third book in the series, it still leaves some of the original Inherit the Stars prologue unsolved and doesn't even fully answer the question of "What happened to the Ganymeans?" However, the writing is compelling and th ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed the second book in the series, but not as much as the first. I find the authors over inflated love of humanity too distracting. There were many instances where the aliens, instead of referring to "the humans"simply instead would string several over complimentary adjectives together such as "the extraordinary, inquisitive, dapper humans....". there is also an amazing about of chauvinism, though there's even more Ib the next book. if you can get post these the dirty is good and you learn ...more
I loved an disliked this book at the same time It had a lot of what made the first book interesting, but I felt it focused to much on the daily interactions between the humans and the Ganymedes and those chapters felt very dated, which can happen sometimes with old sci-fi novels. overall i found myself getting bored with this book especially the second half, then the twist gets revealed and the book goes on for like 30 more pages of lead up to the twist that we already knew about, so that was po ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
With the discovery of the Lunarians in the first book of the trilogy, "Inherit the Stars", and now the further complication of another extraterrestrial race, the Ganymeans, the mystery of earth's past becomes much more exciting and complicated. "The Gentle Giants of Ganymede" is another James Hogan hard sci-fi masterpiece. If you enjoy a good technical mystery with lots of believable scientific details, you will like this book. Make sure you read the entire trilogy because book 3, "Giant's Star" ...more
Bogusław Muraszko
Druga część Gigantów no i nareszcie mamy KONTAKT. Ciekawie pokazana poprawiona wersja "historii" Ziemi i losów obcych. Da się czytać, pomimo braku konkretnej akcji. Za to mamy badania, analizy, dociekania, próby porozumienia z obcymi itp. Nawet takie "nudy" podane w specyficzny "Hoganowski" sposób dają się przeczytać. Dla miłośników wojen, strzelanin, mysliwców gwiezdnych to nie będzie dobre. Ale dla fanów trochę intelektualnych podróży, będzie w sam raz. Będę z niecierpliwością czekał na cześć ...more
Will Holcomb
Mar 01, 2015 Will Holcomb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One quote about Hogan says, "Hogan brings science back into science fiction." That is very true in this book. His coverage of genetic engineering, evolution, time/space dilation, anti-gravity, and other concepts is impressive. It does slow the book down but I don't think it takes away from the book. The story is very entertaining and compelling, but mostly the story gives hope there is a chance for humanity to grow past some of its current hurdles. Looking forward to the next book.
Mar 15, 2009 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
“The Gentle Giants of Ganymede” is a fast read that’s also a good demonstration of how scientists attack problems. I liked how the story and plot moved along also while also seeming plausible. The author has interesting ideas of how life and intelligence could evolve if there were no predators. Though written in 1978 the story does not seem dated other than that many of the people smoke, including on space ships, and that there were no women other than one of the aliens.
Craig Russo
Jul 28, 2013 Craig Russo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This story provides a lot of hope. Does that turn you off? I hope not. I will say that the author goes into some boring scientific analyses and the conclusions of some of those analyses were unclear even at the end of the book. Still, I'd recommend this book to those pure SF fans who read this review.
Sean Randall
Jan 19, 2013 Sean Randall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though there was little surprising for the majority of the novel, it was still very good - and in fact better than the first, I thought, familiarity with the characters allowing things to progress a little quicker.

Two revelations at the end, as well, which spiced things up nicely and as with book one, made me want to go get the next.
Seth Kaplan
Jun 02, 2013 Seth Kaplan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic 2nd book in Hogan's Giants series. A rare work of science fiction that truly concentrates on what might be in science and spends pages on pages proposing alternatives to our scientific understanding of the world. One reads it with a constant expectation of disaster to befall the plot, but whether that happens is what gets you to keep turning the pages...
Feb 15, 2011 Andypants rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: near-future
I really wish this book had more of the suspenseful scientific method back-and-forth of the first novel in this series. The author's political and teleological views come out much more strongly in this one, almost to the point of being a little preachy (and i even agree with the guy). That said, I'm sure I'll be reading more of his work.
J.F. Elferdink
Mar 20, 2013 J.F. Elferdink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Although a great premise for the story, The Gentle Giants fell short of being a page-turner due to the complex "scientific" discussions on the difference between the genetic coding elements of humans and the Ganymeans. Was the change deliberate or an evolutionary process? And what does the answer say about the origin of Earthlings? That's the reason to read the book.
Chris Gager
Not bad sci-fi in terms of ideas and speculations on evolution, space travel etc. Full of the usual "watch out for us homo sapiens" crap at the end. Lots of talk, talk, talk as the means of presenting the authors ideas. I figured out the genetic engineering "twist" about halfway through. And what's with all the smoking and drinking???
Jul 25, 2010 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was no interpersonal or inter-species conflict at all in this story, only puzzles to solve. And an over-optimistic Gene Roddenberry-esque view of the development of human nature. The book examines some interesting ideas.
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James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.

Hogan was was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and m
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