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In Other Worlds - A Radix Tetrad Novel Paperback – 18 Jul 2008


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604502622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604502626
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,763,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novelist obsessed with the power of fiction to impart strangeness, hermetic wisdom and, above all, wonder, I've published 22 novels and two short story collections. I love fantasy fiction. I love the courage of the human spirit to invest with real emotion experiences we know are entirely imaginary. And I love all of what 'fantasy' means to poetic thinkers.

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Read this book after reading two of his other books a few years ago, 'The Last Legends of Earth' and 'The Dragon and the Unicorn', which I thought were very good.

Didn't really like 'In Other Worlds' and nearly gave up at around 50%, as I just couldn't suspend disbelief enough to get into the book. I continued on and it got a bit better when a few key points were explained just after 50%, but not good enough for the investment in time.
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By Dave on 22 Nov 2013
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This is Attanasio at his best. the storyline is strong from beginning to end. The characters come to life and are very believable in a story that spans the life of the cosmos.
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Good, but could be better 5 Jan 2001
By Blaine Manyluk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Attanasio novel, one I discovered by accident, when working at a bookstore 14 years ago. It was Attanasio's second novel, after _Radix_, and clearly not his best work.
The story is about Carl Schirmer, a nerdish accountant transported into a world of floating islands and strange creatures, located in a bubble inside a black hole. A living island with powers over space-time gives Carl a new improved body in return for doing various life-saving tasks. It is in this book that Attanasio introduces the villainous Zotl, perhaps the most evil alien beings in all of SF, and their enemies, the mysterious Rimstalkers. Both species return for a final showdown, in _The Last Legends of Earth_.
_In Other Worlds_ is fast-paced and enjoyable. While not of the same calibre as _Radix_ and _The Last Legends of Earth_, it is far easier to read. Most readers would also find it easier to identify with the hero, and other characters, of this novel than those of _Radix_. However, Attanasio crams too many elements, too many gadgets, into the plot, and that detracts from the main story of Carl, his quest, and his love interest(s).
Though an excellent fantasy writer, and imaginative as hell, Attanasio has trouble with the science in science-fiction. That could explain why he switched to fantasy later on. The science in _In Other Worlds_ is no better than that of Star Trek, sad to say.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An esential book to the Zolt/Rimstalker universe 19 Aug 2001
By James E. Donnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While this book was much more limited in its scope than the other book in the series (The Last Legend Of Earth), it managed a successful charm of its own.
By showing one human's treck into the Werld (the time/space bubble at the rim of the universal blackhole) and the Zolt and Rimstalkers in their own domain it manages to help flesh out the much larger story, Last Legends of Earth. I will admit, this is a short one and might not be to as many people's liking. HOWEVER, this book adds so much to the later struggle through its little details, while its story is still very good, that it is instantly a must have to fans of Attanasio's sci-fi work. The 5 space minds (the eld skyles) also help to show that no matter how powerful the beings, there is always something else more powerful (a very nice counter balance to the Zolt and the Rimstalkers in Last Legends of Earth).
This book lacks some of the literary flow of the later books, and some of the details are less fleshed out, making this more a testing of ideas for the later books, versus an actual first book in itslef. But don't be deceived, even it you NEVER read and of the author's great books, this is a book unto itself. The light lanced armor is a nice peace of technological creation. Very much a imaginative work in its own right. When the combat takes place with Space/time weapons, and gravity waves, with everything being protected by a different artificial space time distortion the size of a quarter, well just read the book and appreciate the more simplistic tale that still has all of the great elements of his later much more complex works.
A nice book to build you up to his grand masterpiece, the Last Legends of Earth.
Enjoy!
Future times and multiple dimensions 5 Dec 2013
By David Loeff author of - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel takes place in both contemporary times as well as in the distant future of the universe. As he does in "Arc of the Dream" and "Last Legends of Earth", Attanasio considers the possibility of other dimensions and those who dwell in them. Every Attanasio novel I've encountered has been excellent, however his earlier novels, those comprising the Radix Tetrad, go farthest in stretching readers' philosophical horizons.

Physics has come a distance since this novel was written, but not so far that it can definitively prove, or disprove, extra dimensions, their landscape, or the nature of the beings who occupy them. Although today fewer scientists believe that the universe will eventually collapse, Attanasio's work remains relevant in other particulars. This novel, as well as the other volumes in the Radix Tetrad, are destined to be science fiction classics.
In Other Worlds 7 Sep 2012
By Korvus - Published on Amazon.com
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A.A.Attanasio is a rare talent. He is able to deftly blend hard science with mystical iconography and personal mythology of the characters, to create a coherent universe. This story is a enchanting adventure of the Mind and Soul.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Attanasio is an unparalleled writer of intricate science fiction 9 Sep 2008
By johnnycab - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the four books of his 'Radix tetrad'. Though short and fast-paced it is most excellent and highly recommended. Probably my 3rd-favorite of the tetrad, which makes it pretty close to my 3rd-favorite SF book of all time.
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