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Rogue Moon

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,051 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Rogue Moon is a short sf novel by Algis Budrys, published in 1960. It was a 1961 Hugo Award nominee, losing to Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. A novella-length version of the story was included in the anthology The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 2, edited by Ben Bova.

Before 1969, every science fiction writer wrote his or her own version of the first Moon
Mass Market Paperback, #38950, 188 pages
Published 1978 by Avon Books (NY) (first published January 1st 1960)
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Althea Ann
I've long been aware of Budrys as a 'classic' author in the SF genre, and 'Rogue Moon' was a Hugo nominee, so this seemed like a good place to check out his work.

A mysterious alien artifact has been discovered on the Moon. Under the supervision of a brilliant researcher, Dr. Hawks, it's being investigated, with the help of a new, Star Trek-style transporter technology which allows men to beam to the moon. Luckily, the body that ends up on the moon is only a duplicate. "Luckily," because the art
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is one of the SF Masterworks series of classic sf novels so it clearly is not something to be sniffed at, plus it was cited by Alastair Reynolds as a favorite so I duly added it to my reading list (a year or so ago!) and finally got around to it. Really not what I was expecting to be honest.

Set in 1959 it is the story of a scientist who sends a man to the moon to investigate a mysterious alien construct (Big Dumb Object ) picked up by a satellite photo. Unfortunately, rocket science is
6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. I just re-read this novel after having first read it about 15 years ago and I was blown away by how amazing this novel is. Algis Budrys was a phenomenal writer who wrote highly intelligent science fiction during a time when much of the SF being published was of the stereotypical "spaceships and aliens" variety. Quality science fiction at its most basic is usually about ideas and the human condition. Well this book screams about the human condi ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, lietuviškos
Nepaisant to, kad ši knyga įtraukta į visokius geriausių, įtakingiausių, klasikinių ir kitus panašius sci-fi literatūros sąrašus, man ji pasirodė nykus, nuobodus, neaiškaus siužeto kūrinys. Nelabai net supratau, ką autorius norėjo juo papasakoti, ir kodėl sci-fi kūrinyje apie mėnulį ir ateivių labirintą mėnulis ir ateivių labirintas lieka net ne antram, o kokiam ketvirtam plane, o pirmus tris planus užima Coelho'iška filosofija ir, pardon my french, nuolatinis betikslis visų veikėjų matavimasis ...more
Gusto Dave
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
It started out so well...

With a premise like the one this book has, it seemed like a must read. published and set in 1960 before we went to the moon, this sci-fi tells of space exploration. Some kind of implied NASA agency has created a cloning device that transports a pilot's double up to the moon to check things out. The astronaut can sense what his clone is experiencing. And there's an entity up there that keeps killing clones. Cool? One would think, right?

And the pilot that they rope into do
I think that's a 2.5 rating. The science speculation in this book, the mysterious object on the moon and the teleportation technology, is seriously chilling. I loved that part of it. It was interesting and terrifying. Unfortunately most of this book is about some bitter, obsessed middle-aged men and their pissing contests and whatever it means to be a "real man" in the 1960's. There are two female characters: one is a one-dimensional femme fatale who only stays with real men, and the other is no ...more
Ben Loory
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this was a reread, as it's one of my favorite books. hadn't read it in a while. it more than holds up. the thing i like about this book is that my brain can't contain it. the character interactions are so intense and limited, mostly, to dialogue (and often speeches) about abstract subjects... ethical and existential conundrums, what it means to be a man, to be brave, human... sometimes it makes me feel like i'm a little kid who had wandered out of bed in the middle of the night and is eavesdropp ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-masterworks, sf
A piece of classic SF with an intriguing premise that explores some of my favourite themes but for me seemed to lack focus and was distracted by pointless character interactions and conversations.

Many a time I've pondered what really happens to you if you were teleported from one location to another, the original you destroyed but your exact molecular structure accurately recreated in the target location. How would you really know you were still who you were before after the event? All you would
Simon Hedge
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of psychology
You know how all the characters in the Winnie The Pooh stories are apparently displaying various types of mental disorder? Well, this book is kind of doing the same thing. But where the denizens of the 100 acre wood are a likeable bunch with a few foibles, the characters in this story are broken, unpleasant and often dangerous. A person with training in the field of psychology could have a fine time going through the book diagnosing the conditions of the cold almost psychopathic Dr Edward Hawks, ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In these days of ten volume, backbreaking series, it’s easy to forget that sometimes brevity can equal quality.

Algirdas Jonas Budrys (1931-2008) is a writer who deserves greater recognition in the genre, though these days, if he is known at all, he is perhaps better known as a critic. For the record, much of his time was spent writing the Book Reviews column for Galaxy (1965-71) and The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1975-93), as well as being a teacher at the Clarion Writers Workshop
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Algis Budrys was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names "Frank Mason", "Alger Rome", "John A. Sentry", "William Scarff", "Paul Janvier", and "Sam & Janet Argo".

Called "AJ" by friends, Budrys was born Algirdas Jonas Budrys in Königsberg in East Prussia. He was the son of the consul general of the Lithuanian government, (the pre-Wo
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“Perhaps it's the alien equivalent of a discarded tomato can. Does a beetle know why it can enter the can only from one end as it lies across the trail to the beetle's burrow? Does the beetle understand why it is harder to climb to the left or right, inside the can, than it is to follow a straight line? Would the beetle be a fool to assume the human race put the can there to torment it — or an egomaniac to believe the can was manufactured only to mystify it? It would be best for the beetle to study the can in terms of the can's logic, to the limit of the beetle's ability. In that way, at least, the beetle can proceed intelligently. It may even grasp some hint of the can's maker. Any other approach is either folly or madness.” 6 likes
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