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Captive Universe

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  301 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"For the first fifty pages you'll swear that Harrison has been rummaging in an old trunk. Here's that tired old theme...the lost community of Aztecs who have been cut off in a hidden valley by a landslide centuries ago. Presently they will discover the outside world--our world. The stalwart Aztec maverick may even fall in love with a beautiful white explorer...Of course, ...more
paper, 160 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Ace (first published February 1st 1969)
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Sean Randall
Aug 24, 2009 Sean Randall rated it really liked it
right from the opening pages of this work, you get a sense of stifled expression, of set ways and things not to be broken. the "Clan Taboo" applying to relationships mentioned almost at the outset and the expectant nature of Quiauh's punishment for her transgression of over a decade ago is a gripping entree.

Chimal is a different sort of character, though - Chimal Junior, I mean. The obvious inference is that the relationship - the forbidden, taboo, hither too unthinkable relationship has somethi
Mar 08, 2013 Antonis rated it it was ok
Captive universe is a rather short novel about an Aztec young man whose restless and inquisitive spirit makes him dare to deny tradition and fears and start discovering the real world around him. What he discovers is something he could never have imagined or believed.... but we, readers, must have expected just by looking at the front cover! And that is my first major complaint of the novel! Maybe this would have had more of a kick if I didn't already know what's going on.. but we are being ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Manny rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
He's a member of an Aztec tribe who live in an isolated valley. There has been no contact with the outside world for as long as anyone can remember. No one seems very curious to find out more.

But the hero notices weird stuff he can't explain. (I mean, weirder than the fact that it isn't safe to go out at night because of the snake-headed goddess, Coatlicue, who prowls in the woods). He watches the sun as it goes down, and there's always this bizarre flash just as it disappears from view. Now wha
Steve Merrick
Jul 27, 2011 Steve Merrick rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book goes in a circular and almost wave like rhythm, Chimal the main character is deftly drawn with a beautifully pragmatic eye, I first read this when I was barely a teenager, it was one of the books that made me long to write, I won't hit you with the plot because somewhat like the Matrix if you know what is coming it lessens the whole story, but its a rough and tumble journey through the world the hero inhabits........ I am grinning as I write the words because This was the very ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Garrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Brilliant old school sci-fi with enough twists n turns and big ideas to keep you turning the pages until the end. This was recommended to me by my brother in law and he was bang on the money, great book. What starts off as a tale of ancient Aztecs terrorised by a real god ends up as a claustrophobic epic set aboard a vast colony ship heading towards the promised land. Very well written with economy and wit a must for any sci-fi collection.
Maddi Feven
Oct 04, 2015 Maddi Feven rated it really liked it
Read this to appease my other half cos I read some sci-fi and he's a huge Harrying Harrison fan. It was an ok book. Struggled with the After names but once I got past that, the story was quite enjoyable and easy to read. A clever idea. Almost felt a bit disappointed with the open end...what happens to everyone?!? :-)
Dmitry Verkhoturov
Кажущаяся теперь, спустя столько лет, очень наивной, тем не менее весьма интересная книга с задумкой, котороая впоследствии нашла отголоски у многих фантастов — корабль к другой звезде размером с планету, на путешествие которого к точке назначения уходят сотни лет и поколения людей успевают родиться и умереть в полёте.
Apr 09, 2013 Ultron rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books ever
Erik Graff
Apr 28, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harrison fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Mediocre science fiction formula novel by Harry Harrison using post-Apocalyptic, neo-Aztec, Century-Ship themes.
Steve Joyce
Nov 27, 2013 Steve Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hackneyed concept but with a fresh enough coat of paint to make it worthwhile. It kept my interest throughout what with the fast-paced developments.

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Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G
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