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Earthling Hardcover – Jun 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312855710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312855710
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,149,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This story attempts a long view for humanity, without the usual triumphalism, and with unusual adversaries. As urban civilization collapses assorted tribes emerge: some, the foresters, retain a high biological technology, but ferociously insist that none of their number breed (so they are constantly recruited as infants from neighbouring tribes); others play out brutal versions of American football, with their slaves; others have still more brutal ways of restricting population growth. All through this future a remnant mining machine gradually improves in artificial intelligence, just in time to encounter and make sense of the long slow thoughts of the tectonic plates below us, and a very strange invasion from outside. It's flawed: lacking in sympathetic character development, and with far too many ideas jostling for position. But it doesn't deserve the poor ratings from! At least it sticks in the mind - even the bits that I'd really rather didn't!
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By B. Newland - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There's no getting around it - this book was terrible. From the beginning it is nearly incoherent. There is no real introduction of characters (and characters are invented for a single page then dropped). There's no scale. After the dated entries I could never be sure what century it was placed in. And it jumps from a personal journal to a robot to a random human hundreds of years in the future to... well, I can't even describe the finale. The tectonic plates are *spoiler* sentient? Planets are dolphins?

In short, Avoid this book at all costs. Not worth the read. The author needs to pick a character and focus on it.
By Michael Arend - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book for the most part. The first two stories were real page turners, but the third (the last 30 pages) felt rushed and was a bit to metaphysical for me. The ending is forced and hardly and ending to the story as a whole. I would have like to see the first two stories made into books of their own and the third thrown in the bin.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996ec7bc) out of 5 stars Intelligent. and beautiful. I was moved and love this book. 6 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a surprising, fascinating read. I am turned on by his stark, earthy and pure poetry. Daniel is immensely imaginative, intelligent and courageous writer. I was moved and inspired. I definitely enjoyed 'Earthling'. Looking forward to the sequel of 'Metaplanetary'- another must read!
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HASH(0x987a1180) out of 5 stars Earthling - Tony Daniel 30 July 2002
By Chris MB - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Earthling is an amusing little read but that's about it. The idea is not especially original and the execution is poor. Written in three sections, Earthling lacks coherence and refuses to yield a single remarkable character. If you want good science fiction, look elsewhere.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987a13f0) out of 5 stars earthling 21 Dec. 1999
By joel - Published on
Format: Paperback
First off, this is a great book. A really wonderfull book. And the best thing I can really say about it is that it got me interested in science fiction again, after a long hiatus. The book takes on a theme made popular in the golden age of science fiction; artificial inteligence. But Daniel give the subject a really great feel. He dosent make the mistake of trying to make the robot yearn for humanity. But it is a compassionate intelligence experiencing intense relationships with humans. but maybe i am over analyzing. let me leave it at this: this is a great book, even if you have never read science fiction.
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