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If the Stars Are Gods

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This is the original story from which the novel with the same title grew. Nebula Award Winner for Best Novelette (1975)

An astronomer who is an expert on the sun meets with two aliens who believe that stars are god-like entities with individual personalities.
ebook, 48 pages
Published September 2000 by Fictionwise (first published March 1974)
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Nick
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This novel is a very philosophical tale of one man's journey through both his own life and the search for life itself, beyond Earth.
Weirdly, this is one of the few novels which could have been improved by making it LESS concise. While the overall theme of the book is carried through the various segments, some of them are just too short for the stories they tell, and it becomes frustrating to never get back to those.
Overall, some parts reminded me of the parts I didn't like in 2001, A Space Odys
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Nick
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very difficult book to review, because even though the entire thing orbits around one protagonist, it's really three different books. In order: a pretty bad short story, a pretty decent novella, and a really good novel. The short novel that is the final 2/3 of the book starts off erratic, with Benford throwing half a dozen hard sci fi ideas at the wall, but coalesces into a surprisingly moving coda. When Benford is at his best he manages to combine his theoretical astrophysicist's imagination ...more
Paul Doyle
A pretty good book from Mr. Benford, but a bit disjointed.
What if you were visited by aliens that revered the stars as gods? Aliens that could hear what the stars had to tell them...
Certainly an interesting premise.
Rick
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Good man meets alien tale.
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Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.

As a science fiction author, Benford is best known for the Galactic Center Saga novels, beginning with In the Ocean of Night (1977). This series postulates a galaxy in which sentient organic life is in constant warfare wit
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