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The Cloud

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
2033. The first alien radio transmissions have been received on Earth—a torrent of encrypted information that no human or computer can crack. But the decision to reply is made, and messages of goodwill are beamed into deep space. Thirty years later, just as humankind is expecting a reply from the aliens, the signals disappear. Then scientists detect a space cloud ...more
Paperback, 389 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Macmillan UK (first published 2007)
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Jul 22, 2011 Shelley rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
A professor of computer science tries to decode radio signals from a distant planet in order to save the world.

Interesting plot, but I feel it all got lost amidst the infinite detail and repetition of events: for example: scientists warned what would happen to the planet, then there would be a news clipping repeating what the scientists said, THEN the story went over the same details as it happened.
The cyber battle between Bill and Jerome was downplayed - I believe this would have made an inte
Danail Karadaliev
Oct 25, 2016 Danail Karadaliev rated it liked it
The Cloud it's a book with great concept and appealing setting and characters, but the mediocre writing held it back.

It will be way better book if the back story was more fleshed out, maybe if we had some good side stories, or a strong side characters that we can relate to.

Also it's important to mention that you likely NOT like the ending - it's very weak (and happy) and not that satisfying.
Ivan Bogdanov
Чел съм по-добра версия на тази книга, преди много години в Библиотека "Галактика" - "Черният облак". Там два много различни разума се опитваха да комуникират, въпреки трудностите във взаимното разбиране.
Тук нямаме нищо подобно - има три разума - човешкия, извънземен и разрастнал се изкуствен интелект, които изобщо не се опитват да се разбера (те не искат и да комуникират един с друг), а директно се опитат да се унищожат.
След увлекателно начало, развръзката е ужасна, на ниво треторазреден холиву
Aug 15, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it
The Cloud: We really don’t want to know what is out there....

Sometime in the near future SETI detects an authentic broadcast from an extraterrestrial source. Humanity finally has confirmation that it is not alone. Excited, the nations of the world come together and design a broadcast to be sent to the E.T's expressing peace and a desire to communicate.

Fast forward thirty years and the world awaits a response. During this time much has been speculated about what exactly the message from th
Nikola Tasev
Apr 13, 2015 Nikola Tasev rated it did not like it
The idea is interesting. We receive signals from space. After we reply the signals stop and we find a cloud is approaching.
Everything else is a total loss.
The writing style is first grade, as in written by a first grade schoolboy telling a story. We are being told almost everything, and shown verry little. The little dialog used for exposition is forced and lifeless. The people all behave the same and seem like cardboard cutouts. The love story feels absurdly fake, just like the tragedies that
Oct 13, 2014 Farhan rated it really liked it
I had seen this book around for quite some time on the shelves of local bookshops and finally decided to go ahead and get it despite the fact that I didn't know anything about it. I hadn't read any reviews before purchasing it which was highly unusual for me. But, man, am I glad that I did read it.

Not a very original plot but a fast-paced, engaging one, all the same. The SETI program detects an alien signal from a distant planet and scientists beam back their welcome message which re
Gary Stocker
Really held your attention. Sort of a cross between "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" and "The Quatermass Experiment". Both highlight valid things to be concerned about. I am interested in SETI and would like to think that one day we will make contact. Although I think that they would be benevolent, there is absolutely no guarantee that the contactees will be. I just hope that if a civilization advances technologically then it advances in wisdom and morality.
Jan 23, 2009 Steven rated it really liked it
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Nov 12, 2010 Crusader rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2010-read
A captivating storyline that keeps you turning the pages in anticipation of what will happen next. There's not a single moment of boredom. The references to Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov adds that touch of class since the story largely revolves around astronomy and AI.
Sophie H
Oct 06, 2013 Sophie H rated it it was amazing
This book was epic. Could not put down. I feel like it's something my high school english teachers would love... So much to analyze!
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