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The Palace Of Eternity

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 173 pages
Published 1972 by Pan Books (first published 1969)
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- Hi Beatrice! Nice to see you again. And this must be Dante? Signor Alighieri, it's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Solomon. Welcome to the Heaven of the Sun. What do you think?

- It's, uh, neat. And I'm honoured to meet you, King Solomon -

- Call me Sol. No need for formality in the afterlife. So, let me introduce you to the Hosts of the Wise. I bet you'd get on with Boethius, and the Venerable Bede, and Al Einstein -

- Who?

- Oh, I'm sorry, I keep forgetting. After your time. A philosopher from the t
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'The planet Mnemosyne, surrounded by a lambent shell of tiny moon-fragments, was known throughout the Federation as the Poets’ World. It was a beautiful planet far inside the frontiers of Man’s long war with the alien Pythsyccans, and it was to this quiet world that Mack Tavernor retired when he resigned from the Federation forces.

But suddenly the peace of Mnemosyne was shattered; the Federation was moving its military headquarters here. Man’s forces were in retreat – and now that Mnemosyne had
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Mar 21, 2010 Raj rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
It's the Future and Humanity is at war with an inscrutable alien species. A war which they're losing. The book focuses on one man, who had previously fought in the war and is now a mechanic on a remote planet far from the front.

Bob Shaw is an excellent writer with a great gift for words. I have to say that I saw the "twist" coming from the start of part two but it was nice seeing how it got there.
A solid short sci-fi book, with a good introduction to the world and the war with an incommunicable alien race. The twist two-thirds of the way through the book was alluded to, but still felt a bit random to me, and thereafter I felt the story a bit rushed. I don't regret reading it, as it was a reasonable extrapolation of the future and had some neat concepts, but I wouldn't read it twice.
Took me a while as I wasnt really in a Sf mood at the time but oh what fabulous writing-and what a great opening line!
Want more Bosh please!
(Mine is a paperback edition but with the same cover as shown here)
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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag
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