The Man in the Maze
Humans at long last have met an intelligent alien species. Muller is sent to m ...more
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fuck the world and fuck the people in it. right? fuck 'em. you spend your life trying to do things, accomplish things, putting yourself out there. do people even remember those things? does the universe even care? you are just a cog in the great world-machine that doesn't even want to know you, that doesn't recognize the things you've done. who could ever want you, you are a useless part now that you are
you have many accomplishments, many great deeds. so why was that done to you, why are your ...more
The Man in the Maze, Robert Silverberg’s 1968 publication, is a psychological study about an ancient alien world and alien technology, mysterious and incomprehensible, reminiscent of Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and also similar to Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains, as a dead planet is kept functioning by unfathomable extraterrestrial machinery.
I think Silverberg had an i ...more
However, I didn't find the sto ...more
I pulled this sci-fi novel from the depths of my bookshelves, looking for the magic that existed in the writings of the masters of the genre. In so many science fiction books of the 50's and 60's, writers like Isaac Asimov, Clifford D. Simak, and Robert Heinlein concentrated on the ideas, the aspects of mankind progressing out of their own microcosm here and out to the universe. Once in the stars, most sci-fi writers found that the universal themes they thought about were also at the very core o ...more
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Questo è uno di quei libri per cui ti fa troppo male dover usare l'etichetta sci-fi, perché è un autentico capolavoro della letteratura contemporanea. Nemmeno il più brillante romanzo di gene...more
On an ancient labyrinthine planet named Lemnos, Muller is alone aside from the native beasts which he hunts for sustenance. He has come here because, due to an alien operation which happened during a past intergalactic mission, he can't help ...more
In the newer edition that I read, Neil Gaiman has written an introduction which does allude to the sexism/objectification of women though not with as much of a warning as I would have liked. There simply is no excuse for this theme both to the ex ...more
Several weeks later, my boss and I were at a museum opening at the de Young ...more
Call me old fashioned, but I could have done without the scenes of sex. Actually there really was no sex, but he continually leads you up to the scenes and describes women as simply a way for men t ...more
This could be classified as a first or second contact novel, but I would more of the psychological variety. Dick Muller is the title character, a man who years ago made contact with an alien species, and when he returned, being in his presence sickened was sickening or depressing, so much so that he decided to exile himself to the maze on Lemnos. The maze was surrounded top and bottom by an impenetrable force field. Only through a doorwa ...more
The hero, a man who chooses to act as diplomat to an alien race, is changed by them into something they can tolerate. Unfortunately, other humans, in particular his lover, are now revolted by his proximity; he literally makes her skin crawl. In anguish he retreats to The Maze.
Not a bad punishment for a chauvinistic SOB, don't you think?
The only shortcoming for a modern audience is the lack of proper female characters. The few women are there simply to cavort with the men. Silverberg's version of Free Love mean ...more
One of the main questions of the book is, "Is humanity basically g ...more
This book has stood the test of time well. While I am no longer the avid Sci-Fi reader I once was, I still found it to be an interesting story. Once really getting into it, the story kept me engaged until the end.
The evocation of the murderou ...more
" Muller vivait depuis neuf ans dans le labyrinthe. Maintenant, il le connaissait bien. Il savait ses pièges, ses méandres, ses embranchements trompeurs, ses trappes mortelles. Depuis le temps, il avait fini par se familiariser avec cet édifice de la dimension d'une ville, sinon avec la situation qui l'avait conduit à y chercher refuge. "
Tous les hommes qui avaient tenté de pénétrer dans le labyrinthe de Lemnos avant Muller étaient morts d'une façon atroce. Tous ceux qui ...more
Un court roman de SF intelligent et original, une belle réflexion sur l'homme et ses travers. Même si ce livre possède un côté "aventure" assez plaisant, nous sommes ici bien loin du spac ...more