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Alpha Centauri

2.76 of 5 stars 2.76  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The word in the year 2239 is that the human race is doomed. With the Earth groaning beneath the weight of 200 billion people and with the limit of derivable scientific knowledge frighteningly close at hand, scientists believe the human race will crash, burn and vanish by the end of the twenty-third century. The last hope of humanity travels with Captain Virginia Vonzell Qi ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Eos (first published 1997)
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Randy Mcdonald
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Aug 02, 2008 Jared rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hard sci-fi fans
Recommended to Jared by: my local bookstore
When someone asks me to name my favorite book, I always reach an impasse between this novel and The Dying Earth by Jack Vance. The two can't really be compared because they have nothing in common, so I usually end up listing both. The Dying Earth wins in fantasy, and Alpha Centauri wins in hard sci-fi.

There's a LOT of sex in this book, described graphically, but despite what you might think, that's no why I like it. :P I mention it only as a warning. If the book were a movie, it'd be rated X.
A glacially paced book about humanity's first interstellar expedition to the Alpha Centauri star system. A combination of hard sci-fi and messy sexual relations between the crew members. There really wasn't much of a story at all, just a series of confusing and ambiguous explorations. The themes were all depressing and nihilistic.
Laz the Sailor
My first DNF! Multiple perspectives, flashbacks, and general confusion send this book back to the used book store. I wish I had been able to push through to the sex, but I was annoyed from the second chapter. Which is too bad, because some of the detailed tech was intriguing.
Dec 28, 2009 Audrey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Audrey by: Nick R.
Is jargon a plot device? Brief spurts of action interspersed with the nauseous back-stories of the main characters. It didn't really start getting interesting to me until page 250. The end was okay, but mostly I found it repetitious and tiresome and a bit dull.
More like 3.5 stars, so chose 4 as a round up due to the last chapter. A good exploration of space drama and the human soul.
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