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Farthest Star (Cuckoo Saga)

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews

No one knew what it was--but everyone knew it was trouble.

Designated Object Lambda when it first appeared on the fringes of the galaxy, 20,000 light-years away, it was traveling at one sixth the speed of light.

The astrophysicists said that it was vast... lights . . and had the potential for utter destruction. So an existing space probe was reoriented to in
Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 1975 by Ballantine Books (first published 1975)
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Dec 09, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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There was much to appreciate here, but I didn't appreciate this book much.

Aliens that aren't just humans in disguise, some discussion of the psychological impact of a technology that replicates you over interstellar distances and a Mysterious Giant Object which gets more weird the more you learn about it are all good but it's all swamped by irritating problems of characterisation and plotting. The book isn't really a novel; it's a novella which subsequently got a serial of short story sequels,
Oct 20, 2011 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is being written in 2011, and I still recall being embarrassed by this book when I read it in 1975. I was embarrassed not by the content, but by my own preoccupations that caused me to miss what the book is really about. I got so caught up in the tachyon transmission way to explore the galaxy that I totally neglected to see that the book was about a Dyson sphere. In reading a review some months after I had read the novel, after that reviewer referred to the Dyson sphere by that name, ...more
May 31, 2014 Mike rated it did not like it
When you have a book written by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson you expeot something special, but unfortunately this isn't. The Star Trek transporter when the original does de-materialize is an interesting idea but that's not enough. I can't really say what's wrong with it, the plot isn't bad, the characters are okay for a 70s story, its just missing something which I can't put my finger on.

I really wanted it to be great, but it was just wasn't there.
Sep 02, 2015 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half was fairly interesting space exploration coupled with different alien races. The second half was confusing (and dull) planetary exploration that focused more on primitive characters.
So many issues brought up with regards to characters 'copying' themselves, but nothing was ever made of it.
This story really could have had more to it.
I vaguely remember reading this book when I was a teenager. I was very fascinated by the "teleportation" system and what it implied. But that's also about all I remember from it! I had to google for ages before finding the book again. I guess I'll have to re-read it.
May 20, 2007 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a whole semester to read even though it's only 246 pages long. It got really boring and ridiculous at times but still the technology in it was fun. Even bad science fiction is still enjoyable sometimes.
Feb 01, 2013 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 12, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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1977 grade C
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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