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Encounter with Tiber Paperback – 21 Nov 1996


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  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (21 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340624515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340624517
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buzz Aldrin piloted the lunar module during the first landing on the moon. He first conceived ENCOUNTER WITH TIBER more than ten years ago and brings to it an extensive personal experience of space operations, mission design, the lives of astronauts and space politics, along with his personal vision of humanity's future in space.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent SF writer and an astronaut join forces to write a novel. While you might think that this is merely a cash-in on each other's names, the novel is, in fact, very good. A believeable tale about one species trying to find a new home, and another (us) trying to find the first. The story is realistic, with Buzz Aldrin's experience in aeronautics bringing all the required techno stuff. While the pair are prone to info-dumping, this in no way mars the story. However, I don't think that there is any room for a sequel, and if they did squeeze one in, it wouldn't be anything compared to its predessecor. Once this is available again, buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug 2001
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Very well-constructed integration of science-fiction, made as realistic as a trained astronaut can get it, with stirring epic story of lost tribes and civilisations destroyed by powerful disasters. The plot machinations are down to the fallibilities of characters, who are all described and developed with realism in mind. Best of all it's tied into an Earth history that seems... tangible. If you don't like falling out of the fantasy because of holes in the plot, this may be for you. It's fascinating in a 2001 sort of way, but also sad and sort of moving.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 21 Jun 2001
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I bought this book a few years ago while in the USA, just on impulse and because (if I'm honest) it had "Buzz Aldrin" in big letters on the front.
I was expecting something a bit timid and cliched, but was pleasantly surprised to find a well written, pacy and powerful story. Well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I very rarely read fiction of any sort as I tend to find authors can be inept at suspending disbelief. I often think I'm wasting my time reading such works since there are are so many factual books that are more incredible than any work of fiction. "Encounter with Tiber" does not fall into this trap. It is written without cliche and never patronises the reader, whatever their level of scientific knowledge. And yet it is enthraling, eloquant and gets the adrenalin flowing. One special aspect of the book is how Buzz Aldrin has managed to explain his (and possibly NASA's) ideas about how space exploration should continue in the future in a way that is understandable an informative. My only critisim is that I'm still waiting for a follow-up!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 1999
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A ripping yarn set in the near future. The authors have concocted a believable first contact scenario and followed it through with an intelligent and often moving account of a human destiny entwined with that of another species.
It is a pleasure to read on such a subject without experiencing a dissapointing sensationalist approach. It is the characters, both human and alien that make the story so compelling.
John Barnes is a respected author of quality science fiction, and when Buzz Aldrin writes on matters space, well, you'd better take note.
I would dearly welcome a sequel!
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