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Preview — Nemesis by Isaac Asimov
It's the story of Earth's early space travel, as settlers look beyond an Earth teeming with billions of unhappy people to new stars via space habitats built for a limited number (in this case 60k) of inhabitants. A...more
BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF WEB 2.0, I'LL ATTEMPT TO SPEAK AUTHORITATIVELY ON THE TOPIC.
I didn't realize this audio version was abridged, but when I saw that there were only 4 segments (and that each part was only 45 minutes long), I figured there must be some content removed.
So I'm the least qualified person to argue with the other reviewers who said this book was boring, with over-lengthy sections of dialogue that were repetitive and pedantic.
-- great minds get together and have lengthy discussions based on what they should do based on limited knowledge, and somehow everyone unanimously agrees on the logical course of action
-- some weird mystical thing occurs that flies in the face of science or contradicts something he's already stated as a premise in the book
*The characters are all the same, except for one or two points about them that will be drilled over and over.
*Horrible, boring dialog. If you enjoy the subject matter, great, but I really hate plots that are driven by pages and pages of conversation between two people who come to a huge revelation, some glaring fact, or solution JUST by...more
Nemesis is set at a time...more
Certo, Nemesis è pur sempre un...more
I'll stop so I avoid spoilers, but Asimov seems to have had some difficulty bringing this particular plot to a climax. There are several disputes and issues during the cours...more
There is a suspicious periodicity in Earth's mass extinctions: a strong argument can be made that every 26 or 27 million years (depending on the cited source) "something happens." Oh, sorry, forgot you are a conservative Republican Christian who believes that the theory of evolution is the Devil's work, the Earth is less than 6000 years old, and we could easily halt Global Warming if we would just position those pesky Groundhogs so they would see their shadow Every Day Of The Year. Anyway, prete...more
What a liberating thought! Marlene was wonderfully written about and so was the disdain filled relationship between Rotorians and Earth. Unfortunately, there are gaping holes in character development elsewhere...more
Nemesis, la dea greca della giustizia potrebbe un giorno giudicare l'umanità per i millenni di caos, di sconvolgimenti naturali e reciproca sopraffazione. Isaac Asimov immagina, in uno tra i suoi romanzi più suggestivi, il concretizzarsi del giudizio divino in una stella, Nemesis, che celata da una nube di polveri interstellari, si stia dirigendo verso il nostro sistema solare minacciando di sconvolgerne il delicato equilibrio gravitazionale.
Gli abitanti di Rotor, un satellite artificiale orbita
Don't get me wrong; Issac was a decent writer of hard science fiction. (And I add here that if you don't care for a lot of that, this is not the book for you.) I think this particular story was flawed by the following, however.
It needed to be shorter. It just took too long to get where it was going.
At times Issac threw in a few speculative scientific marvels at his characters, then had them specu...more
The conceit of the book is a rogue solar system that is going to pass close enough to earth to destroy all life. In 5000 years.
The story itself is filled with characters whom you can barely tolerate, who act contrary to their established personalities, for the bewildering reason of keeping the increasingly ponderous p...more
A decent plot of space exploration and an outline of sentimentality with a specific female character, Nemesis is a great read for fans of Isaac Asimov. Not necessarily for fans of the Foundation trilogy or the Robot series. I’m a girl, so I’m inclined to be attracted to emotional or romantic situations. Asimov, being an experienced writer, does a good job adding a dash of that in his stories, but his primary “meat” in his novels is science. This book’s particular cu...more
The story is of a large orbital habitat with thousands of residents all trying to live their lives away from the polluted, crowded, and impoverished Earth. A scientist on the habitat discovers there is a nearby star, closer than any other star. It is invisible to telescopes (long scientific explanation) but is detectable if you're looking for it. There is a chance there is a planet in the system as...more
Certo, Nemesis è pur sempre un...more
I have read a lot of Asimov, and I plan to r...more
Despite that, I haven't read it since I was 11. Still haven't. But I'm writing this review anyway.
Asimov says in the introduction (maybe) that "it pays to be obvious, especially when you have a reputation for being subtle." This sort of b...more
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more