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Second Ending

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published 1962 by Ace Books (first published 1961)
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prcardi
Storyline: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 4/5

This is one of those science fictions works whose predictions of future technology were too tightly bound to the technology at the time. It may have seemed inventive and cutting-edge at the 1961; now it reads amusingly and archaically.

I know this wasn't the first post-apocalyptic novel or even the first post-apocalyptic science fiction novel. Perhaps it was the first post-apocalyptic environmental, Cold War novella. That it is a very shor
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Sean Brennan
Jul 07, 2015 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
This is a rather good story, about awakening from 'deep sleep' to discover that apart from the robotic staff at the hospital, there is no life remaining on planet Earth, is rather good!
Roddy Williams
‘NAMED BY READERS AS ONE OF THE BEST SCIENCE-FICTION NOVELS OF THE YEAR

The last man in a universe of robots…

Five miles beneath the surface, Ross was awakened from the deep sleep of suspended animation to find himself in an empty world. There was no noise, no people, and no motion save for the steady activity of the hospital robots.

What had happened to life? Was Ross the last human being in exisitence? Could he find another?

he didn’t know the answers but he did know that soon he had to find some
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Trcap
Oct 06, 2016 Trcap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Ammetto di non essere un grande esperto di fantascienza, non ancora, ma spero di diventarlo. Mi mancano troppe letture importanti. James White non lo conoscevo e credo non sia tra i più titolati, ma è un autore onesto e intelligente, non complicato, ma mai banale. Il libro è composto da due racconti lunghi o da due romanzi brevi che dir si voglia. Il primo è più brillante, ha delle trovate notevoli e una buona atmosfera, il finale è un po' fiacco e termina con un happy end da romanzetto ...more
Sbulf
Jun 12, 2013 Sbulf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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VITA CON GLI AUTOMI: 4/5
Affascinante seguire Ross nella sua lunga solitudine, tra un'ibernazione e l'altra, tra un secolo e l'altro, sempre affiancato da quei robot che però non possono minimamente sostituire gli esseri umani di cui sente, ovviamente, una certa mancanza.

PARTENZA DA ZERO: 2/5
Sarà che non mi piace la fantascienza militare. E' tutto un signorsì, agli ordini, tenente x, colonnello y, maresciallo blabla... Un libro da distribuire nelle caserm
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Gardy (Elisa G)
Un bel racconto lungo con una variante finalmente positiva degli androidi, volti fino in fondo al servizio dell'uomo. Senza ambiguità. Sicuramente non imperdibile.

Per quanto riguarda il secondo racconto del tomo, Partenza da Zero, potrei commentare l'ennesima rielaborazione del tema della "prigione senza mura" (in questo caso, un pianeta intero), ma il livello di trascuratezza, erroracci e mancanza di virgolettati chiusi dopo essere stati aperti rendono questa seconda parte quasi illeggibile.
Howard Kistler
The end of the world is handled with the usual optimism and creativity that you expect from White's work. The attempt to evolve grasses into a new ecosystem is clever, as is the co-evolution of the robots that attend the protagonist. I was a little disappointed that the hero didn't think to jumpstart evolution with the microbes that live in every human, but still the central conceit of the book works and is entertaining.
Ippino
Dec 17, 2014 Ippino rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Vita con gli automi: molto poetico e romantico, con una visione positiva, "asimoviana", del futuro.
Partenza da Zero: fs militare senza troppe pretese. Pochissima originalità, dai personaggi stereotipati e manichei, al piano di fuga fin troppo prevedibile. Non lascia il segno nel lettore.
Plucino
Jul 26, 2012 Plucino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando si dice aver imparato la lezione dal Maestro (Isaac Asimov).

Le 3 Leggi della Robotica di Asimov mescolate con tanta struggente poesia.

Inizio "classico"; il nostro eroe, Ross, si sveglia da un'animazione sospesa e si ritrova da solo. Ma quando dico solo, intendo veramente solo. Tuttavia c'è un'Infermiera...
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Shelves: scifi, scifi-fantasy
Ace Double Novel F173
1984 grade C+
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