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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (18 Feb. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099780402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099780403
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,785,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Bear is the winner of two Hugo Awards, four Nebula Awards and the Prix Apollo. He has published 14 novels to date, and is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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MARTY SITS IN THE FRONT SEAT OF HIS FATHER'S BUICK, RIDING along a freeway in Oregon at midsummer twilight. Read the first page
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A truly amazing piece of science fiction, much better than the first in the series. The children on the ship must make a decision whether or not to destroy a 10 planet system, engineered in incredible ways and populated by a number of intelligent species. Did one of those species create the technology that destroyed earth? Or by destroying them, would the children be as bad as those they seek revenge upon? By far my favourite Greg Bear book.
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To me, this shows its age (first pub. 1992). A more psychologically modern version of the long-duration spaceship concept can be found in Baxter's Ark. There, the kids really do screw each other up. Narratively, there's a bit too much authorial exposition for my tastes. Why can't we discover things through the characters, and not be told constantly? Again, more modern SF authors have mastered this, more mature, style of storytelling. Mieville's Embassytown would be a good example; there you feel that the characters have no idea what's going on, so why should you?

On the positive, there's a mystery about the book that keeps me going (I'm about 200 light years in it seems, about half way). Who are the Benefactors? Are the Killers really guilty? The concept of the galactic consortium is fascinating, especially as Bear has kept it real, and not cheated by having hyperdrive or anything. There's a bit of quantum entanglement-type superluminal comms, but basically travellers have to wait and see, and travel to find things out. In this sense, the plot dynamics resemble maritime adventures of old rather than modern day urban adventures. So four stars for the actual book.

I think I'm being let down by the Kindle format. There's a smattering of OCR errors, but also it seems the major jump-cuts in the scenes that I'm experiencing aren't really there.
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The presence of younger characters does not make this a "kid's book" anymore than the presence of food makes it a cookery book. You cannot hold onto any easy assumptions reading this. Greg's characters never fall back on flat cliches and his aliens are creatures of immense power, described with a breathtaking scope. No bug-eyed monsters, these!
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Conceptually it's a sequel to the Forge of God, however, it can be read on its own as a self-contained story. The surviving children of Earth equipped by their saviours, the Benefactors, travel the galaxy in order to avenge Earth's death. The problems they face are more spiritual rather than technical: how to keep morale and cohesion in a confined space, how to judge guilt and distinguish innocence, what punishment is fair and deserving? They also have to fight a developing suspicion of their Benefactors' motives and level of co-operation. The scale of the novel is huge and some of the ideas are very interesting and The author touches on many a philosophical and ethical questions here but also laces the whole novel with some clever quantum physics concepts so hard sci-fi fans won't be disappointed. Great read!
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This story was one of frustration, annoyance and perseverance. Frustration at the slow story line and excessive characterization. Annoyance at the integration of Peter Pan into the storyline, which got very tedious very quickly. Perseverance, this book took over six months to read, during which I read numerous other books.

Greg Bear fans will enjoy the scale of universe brought to life. However, unlike many of his other books the characterization are excessive.

Was it worth it? Yes, if you have a strong desire to read the conclusion of this story come what may.
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If you like space-operas with macho technologies, politically not-so-correct attitudes, claustrophobic atmospheres, slower-than-light ships, evil alien bastards, hints at New Physics and a galaxy that looks like a desert with everyone who has his whits about him in hiding and armed to the teeth, get this book. As a bonus, you get to think about the morals of blowing away a few billions of potentially innocent aliens whose forebears might or might not have committed xenocide on your forebears.
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This is up there in my top 10 sci fi books, along with Ender's Game, Rendevous with Rama, and Use of Weapons.
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I first discovered Greg Bear when i read Eon and then Eternity. I frequently re-read these books, as they are breathtaking in their scope and imagination. This one will be re-read as well. Marrying the character interplay with interstellar warfare that has your mind lit up like fireworks, it's difficult to put the book down.
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