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Golden Fleece is, of course, Sawyer's first published fiction novel (released 27 years ago). You can imagine my glee, therefore, at now having read it when I hadn ...more
This novel is told by the voice of the artificial intelligence. "He" has a ship to oversee, to drive it to the promise land, and cannot afford interference from these curious humans with its job. You understand.
The effect is engaging. This is one of the few Sawyer novels (or the only one I remember) that features fewer philosophical discussions otherwise common in his books. I enjoy those, however the strengths of this book lie more elsewhere: the air of novelty of a story written from the persp ...more
Nitpicks: too much time spent on the decoding of extraterrestrial transmissions; I seem to have picked up every exo-message book Sawyer has written... Also, written in the 1990s, some details seem dated. (The book talks about how hard it is ...more
Of course I wanted to start with this, his first novel but it took a while to finally stumble across it. Golden Fleece is pretty good, and comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey are unavoidable with the main character being JASON, a HAL-ish computer with an agenda.
It's a quick read, although I did find myself getting bogged with the mathematics of space travel and pr ...more
I have a vague recollection of going to trendy 3 floor bar in Toronto back in the mid '80's with 2 friends. While me and friend #1 went upstairs to the piano bar, friend #2 stayed in the main bar and I believe had a drink and conversation with this au ...more
Nothing better than a thoughtful thriller! I really enjoyed this. Normally I kill time by grazing on space opera shoot ‘em ups — which doesn’t make me seem qualified to say that this is a brainy little beast of a book. (But it is!)
Golden Fleece is Toronto author Robert Sawyer's first novel, an expansion of his nebula-nominated short story of the same name, originally published in the Sept 1988 issue of Amazing. It's the story of JASON the shipboard computer that murders one of the crew and tries to pass if off as a suicide. Once one has gotten over the inevitable comparisons with HAL (the computer from 2001), Golden Fleece emerges as a fair ...more
This is the story of a giant space ark on a decade-long journey to another planet, and the artificial intelligence who runs the ship. The most interesting thing about the story is it's written from the perspective of the AI, who's running a neural net and therefore has a bit of a personality. That's cool. But the plot is a let down -- the computer causes the death of a human early in the story, and ...more
A ship is making a huge journey across space with crowds of people and supplies aboard, to a world many lightyears distant. Running the vessel is Jason, one of several intelligent computers made throughout the world to help Man. Except the one on this trip makes HAL from 2001 seem like a running calculator!
The story starts with a murder. Diane, who has discovered “something” that the computer wants kept quiet. Aaron the ex, who is blamed for the ...more
Possiamo considerare 'Apocalisse su Argo' come un "thriller" fantascientifico, dove il protagonista principale è un'intelligenza artificiale concepita per gestire e guidare una gigantesca stazione spaziale verso la colonizzazione di un nuovo pianeta denominato Colchide.
"Mi chiamo Jason e sono il più perfetto computer mai concepito. Guido la mia n ...more
Rereading the book, it was interesting what I remembered and what I didn't. I remembered that there was a murder, but not why it h ...more
Having read other books by Sawyer, I was most delighted to see that he always had a unique and memorable voice right from the start--even if this time he was writing from the POV of a complex AI computer system.
Golden Fleece is exactly what you'd expect from a ...more
L'Argo è guidata da Jason un'intelligenza artificiale che controlla tutte le funzioni del vascello. Ma questa intelligenza artificiale dimostra subito un obiettivo non chiaro.
La narrazione inizia con la morte di Diana Chandler una degli astrofisici: apparentemente un suicidio. Ma il marito non sembra convinto: qualcosa di strano sta succedendo sulla nave.
L'inizio cre ...more
This book is solid: fine story, e ...more
What is interesting about this story - beyond the murder mystery - is Sawyer's ability to get inside the heads of the characters with surprising clarity: you can understand these folks, and rarely do they do something that makes you scratch your he ...more
"Mi chiamo Jason e sono il più perfetto infallibile ed egocentrico computer mai fabbricato. E guido la mia astronave tra mille pericoli alla volta di un pianeta lontano, per impiantare una nuova colonia di umani nello spazio. Purtroppo l'altro giorno la dottoressa Chandler, uno degli astrofisici, è morta. Un suicidio, dico io, ma il marito è convinto che Diana sia stata ammazzata da me. Dal computer di bordo, come nei vecchi film di fantascienza. Inconcepibile, non trovate? Ma, per una volta, ve...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in ...more