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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743499026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743499026
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,734,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Hogan's intriguing fifth science fiction novel in the series that began with INHERIT THE STARS... Hogan does an excellent job of extrapolating the science from current theories of quantum physics... moves briskly and logically to a satisfying climax... the villain is straight out of James Bond. Readers who like their science hard will find this one a diamond." - Publishers Weekly." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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James P. Hogan is a science fiction writer in the grand tradition, combining informed and accurate speculation from the cutting edge of science and technology with suspenseful story-telling and living, breathing characters. His first novel was greeted by Isaac Asimov with the rave, Pure science fiction . . . Arthur Clarke, move over! and his subsequent work quickly consolidated his reputation as a major SF author. He has written nearly twenty novels including "Cradle of Saturn" and "Bug"" Park" (both Baen), the Giants series (Del Rey), the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Proteus Operation" and "Endgame" "Enigma" and the Prometheus Award Winner "The Multiplex Man." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This excellent story is number five in the "Giants" series.

The individual volumes to date are

1) Inherit the Stars (one of the best SF stories ever written)

2) The Gentle Giants of Ganymede

3) Giants Star

4) Entoverse

5) Mission to Minerva

There are also two omnibus volumes: "The Two Moons" which combines the first two books (The moons concerned being Earth's moon, and Jupiter's moon Ganymede) and the a "3 in 1 Giants Omnibus" which combines the first three.

All these stories follow on from a story which begins when modern astronauts on the moon find a 50,000 year old human body which completely overturns our ideas about man's place in the universe.

During the course of the series, and usually several times per book, the heroes keep finding new discoveries which force them to re-evaluate their ideas about the origins of humanity all over again. A positive aspect of that is that it keeps the books fresh as the stories often go off in different directions: a negative aspect is that some readers who like the first book may find some of the subsequent ones a little silly.

The scientific and computer backgrounds appear to be very carefully researched and thought through, but some readers will find the leaps of imagination a too extreme to retain credibility: others will find the sheer ambitious breadth of Hogan's imagination to be the very thing which makes these works of fiction so memorable and entertaining.

I enjoyed all five novels and warmly recommend them. If you like the kind of science fiction which stretches the imagination, you will very probably enjoy these stories.
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By Koriel Tannhauser TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 May 2012
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This is a conclusion to the core "Giants" series by James P. Hogan. If you haven't read any of the first four parts ("Inherit the Stars", "The Gentle Giants of Ganymede", "Giants' Star" and "Entoverse") you should probably skip that book (you could of course, try to read it as a single book, as there is some kind of "Giants" chronology at the end - but I still recommend reading the other books first).

As the cover states, Earth is adapting to a future of amicable coexistence with the advanced aliens from Thurien, descended from ancestors who once inhabited Minerva, a vanished planet of the Solar System. One of the main characters, Victor Hunt and a group of his colleagues travel to Thurien, to conduct a join investigation with the alien scientists into the strange physics of interconnectedness between the countless alternate universes that constitute ultimate reality. After some strange events, a notion is conceived of sending a mission back to the former world of Minerva (pretty much a time travel) with the objective of creating a new family of realities in which its destruction is avoided.

I have a mixed feeling about this book. There is no question here that the first three parts of the series are great and if you are fan of good classic SF, you should probably read them. The "Entoverse" was a bit weak, and I have to say that "Mission to Minerva" is probably somewhere in between. It is still an enjoyable read (and it you like time travel you should like this one too), mostly because it's a conclusion to the whole series (somehow the "conclusion" part of the book is acceptable for me). However, the book seems to be a bit too long - especially the first half when you basically "wait" as "something" will get invented (I don't want so say "what gets invented" as I don't want to spoil the book). I would say it's a "weak 4 stars" book (and I would actually give it solid 3.5 stars if I could), but somehow still enjoyable and entertaining.
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James P Hogan -- is one of the best hard core SF writers about --- I found ‘Inherit the stars’ 30 years ago -- this is vol 5 in the giants series, it is the best all round set of SF books I have ever found, thrilling -- gripping --- thought provoking --- bring on the rest in kindle I want the lot,
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The last volume which starts with Inherit the stars -- the main characters sail through the stars again - this last volume could be said to wrap the tale up but then I thought that with number 3
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I really enjoyed the previous stories, where looking forward in reading this, however, I found myself rather disapointed by them, i came away thinking it was done to death and nothing new.
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