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The Solarians

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
For three hundred years the Solarians had isolated themselves from the galaxy with the promise to reappear one day to bring human victory. Now, with the very existence of the human race at stake in a war with the machine-like beings of the computer worlds, they re-emerged with a completely new social order. They possessed strange talents, such as telepathy and total recall ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published 1979 by Sphere Books Limited (first published 1966)
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Fred
Feb 26, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it
Solarians is a nice first novel from Spinrad. This is the kind of novel that wants to be experimental but to get published some standard conventions were still followed. Hero, conflict, victory, standard stuff. But Spinrad managed to slip in some "idea" content such as sexual mores, utopian ideals, and the most interesting part of the book, the role of logic and technology in future development. How wonderful for a piece of genre sf to have a premise of the dehumanizing aspects of technology. Th ...more
Josée Lepire
Dec 01, 2015 Josée Lepire rated it liked it
Le texte souffre de la traduction Marabout SF.
Sinon, l'histoire est intéressante, tout comme les rebondissements. Certains éléments placés pour provoquer la réflexion ont mal vieilli. Même si nos moeurs n'ont pas tant changé, la dualité logique-émotion, tout comme la défense - quoique faible - du couple ouvert a une odeur un peu hippie.
Les scènes de batailles galactiques sont ingénieuses et repose sur une logique que l'auteur applique avec cohérence.
Enfin, les Solariens s'expriment avec un peu
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V.W. Singer
Feb 19, 2014 V.W. Singer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, not every book has to be a masterpiece to deserve a good rating. Second, it is a mistake to read a book without some consideration of the period in which it was written.

However having said that, "The Solarians" is well worth reading. First of all, the settings and characters are, in my opinion, deliberate exaggerations, almost caricatures used to make the author's point. Also interesting is that this is Norman Spinrad's first novel.

[Warning - possible spoilers]

First the setting. Man has s
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Carlo
Il romanzo d’esordio di un venticinquenne a metà degli anni Sessanta: si spiegano in questa maniera con facilità le ingenuità nella costruzione della storia e gli sbandamenti idealistici che caratterizzano un libro che offre comunque un discreto intrattenimento contraddistinto da alcuni spunti brillanti. La Confederazione dei mondi abitati dagli umani sta combattendo un conflitto secolare e perdente contro i feroci Duglaari riponendo l’unica speranza nel sistema solare originario (cioè il nostro ...more
Nicolas
Ce roman est donc une oeuvre de Spinrad (le seul, l’unique) et, je crois, l’un de ces premiers romans. Malgré quelques légers détails assez datés, on sent tout le talent de Spinrad émerger, et sa distance vis-à-vis de ce genre, pourtant respectable.
L’histoire ? elle est simple : l’humanité est menacée par de méchants aliens, est sera sauvée par les solariens (ceux du système solaire) à un prix … assez important. Sans y aller par quatre chemins, je dirai que, malgré ses défauts, c’est un roman q
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Alexandra-nicoleta Firica
To learn about people from a SF novel was surprising to me. I did not expect this. At least not at this level. One of the best quotes from the book, which really touched me: "I think that one of the most vital and yet most perverse needs of human beings is their need to be judged, their need to know others' opinions"
Timothy Boyd
Feb 07, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great Space Opera style SiFi book along the lines of E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensmen books. Very good and engaging read. Very recommended
Derek
Jan 23, 2009 Derek rated it did not like it
Very talky: the characters tended to get into expository conversations to explain their war, their culture, their enemy, their technology, and their plan (sometimes in hindsight). This in combination with a resolution that was telegraphed from the very beginning made it hard for me to justify finishing it.
Alessio bozza
Nov 14, 2013 Alessio bozza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ottime idee di base, ma lo sviluppo della trama è fin troppo banale, da prima della meta del libro si intuisce la fine.
Forse l'eta del libro è un aspetto da non sottovalutare, resta comunque una lettura piacevole.
Ollivier
Nov 15, 2013 Ollivier rated it really liked it
For a first book, it is a pretty damn good one. RE-read it in English after the initial reading years ago in French, it is still as good as before.
Scotto
Oct 30, 2009 Scotto rated it really liked it
I read this as a pre-teen when it came out. It was an amazing book that resonates and stays with me to this day.
Iset
Apr 16, 2012 Iset added it
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Read this many years ago. Considering a re-read.
Peter
May 13, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting read - didn't quite work for me
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Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad is an acclaimed SF writer.

Norman Spinrad, born in New York City, is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. In 1957 he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre-law major. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris. He married fellow novelist N. Lee Wood in 1
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