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Destination Void (Pandora Sequence Book 0)

Destination Void (Pandora Sequence Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Herbert
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The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hybernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three Organic Mental Cores—disembodied human brains that control the vessel’s functions—go insane. An emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: to create an artificial consciousness in the Earthling’s primary computer, which could guide them to their destination . . . or could destroy the human race.

Frank Herbert’s classic novel that begins the epic Pandora Sequence (written with Bill Ransom), which also includes The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor.

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Frank Herbert, the visionary author of Dune, wrote more than twenty other novels, including Hellstrom’s Hive, The White Plague, The Green Brain, and The Dosadi Experiment. During his life, he received great acclaim for his sweeping vision and the deep philosophical underpinnings in his writings. His life is detailed in the Hugo-nominated biography Dreamer of Dune, by Brian Herbert. Other Frank Herbert novels available from WordFire Press include The Heaven Makers, Direct Descent, The Jesus Incident (with Bill Ransom), and his last published novel, Man of Two Worlds, coauthored with his son Brian Herbert.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WordFire Press (12 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00564TJN4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best "speculative hard" SF... 4 Nov 2002
By T. D. Welsh TOP 500 REVIEWER
It is close to 35 years since I read "Destination: Void" at university. But it is still among the best ten books I have ever read - and I have read many thousands since then. In fact, it played a large part in my decision to enter the fledgling computer industry back in 1970. It must be admitted, though, that the book is deliberately aimed at a rather limited audience. In a world of commercialism run wild, I find this rather refreshing.
Herbert does not complicate matters wilfully, but on the other hand he makes no concessions whatsoever to his readers' ignorance. He assumes that they are interested both in technology and in the problems of existence, consciousness and religion. There should be plenty of people like that out there, right? Maybe they are all too busy doing useful work to read SF novels!
The upside is that Herbert is a real expert, and even allowing for the 30 years that have elapsed (a huge chasm in terms of technical progress) this book is vastly superior to the schlock that passes for SF today. The Tin Egg has the authentic feel of an experimental interstellar spaceship, whereas starship Enterprise is basically a flying playpen.
As for the science, it isn't too clear just where the facts leave off and the fiction sets in - and that is good, too. Suffice it to say that we still aren't any closer to cracking artificial intelligence yet, let alone artificial consciousness. (See Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" for another approach to the latter). So Herbert's speculations have hardly dated at all.
Personally, I rate "Destination: Void" as Herbert's best book, ahead of Dune, The Dragon in the Sea (Under Pressure), Dune Messiah, and The Dosadi Experiment. A matter of taste, I guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The prequel to Jesus Incident et al. 14 Sep 2006
Discover how Ship who is God was created and how Raja Flattery failed. Some of the computer jargon has not stood the test of time but this in no way detracts from the story and the interaction between the characters and their situation.

Had Herbert not created Dune, we would now be raving on about Ship, Pandora and Avata...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not compelling 9 July 2014
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This is an exploration of what define consciousness. A small crew of clones has been sent into space and been given the challenge to create a conscious entity.

Most of the book is taken up with philosophical dialogue between the various characters. While the dialogue is interesting from a philosophical point of view, it's fairly stilted. The characters are one-dimensional and not very believable and there is virtually no character development. Perhaps this because the characters are clones who have been conditioned to behave in prescribed ways. (In fairness, many of them are aware of and try to overcome this conditioning, but without success).

In the end, the characters are little more than a way of exploring different viewpoints about what constitutes consciousness.

While I certainly found the discussions interesting, I wouldn't say that I actually enjoyed the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldy, but goldy 6 July 2014
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A great book about creation of artificial intelligence, more philosophy than technology and though the technology is definitely of the era it was written, it does not detract from the flow. It was hard work in places, but that's more of a compliment than a complaint - I like having to work at a book. The themes and ideas still have validity and I loved the writing, highly recommended.
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The Zen master tells us that an omnipresent idea can be hidden by its own omnipresence—the forest lost among the trees. In our normal daily behavior we are most estranged, most in the grip of an illusory idea of the self. Every enchanting inclination of pride and its ego, of convention and its master—social training—conspires to maintain the illusion. The semanticist calls it the inertia of old premises. And this is what holds our analyses of consciousness within fixed limits. &quote;
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