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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; New edition edition (14 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765353458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765353450
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.3 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter what anyone claims, writers are made, not born, and what and how they write is the result of just how they were made... or how they made themselves. I began by writing poetry, which was published only in small magazines, and then went on to write administrative reports while I was a U.S. Naval aviator, followed by research papers, speeches, economic and technical studies, and policy and briefing papers. Along the way, I've been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for U.S. Congressmen; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association.

As a result, my writing tends to incorporate all of the above, in addition to the science fiction I read from a very early age. After close to sixty published novels, and perhaps a score of short stories, it's fairly clear to me that "what kind of writer" I am for readers tends to depend on which of my books each reader has read.

Along the way, I've weathered eight children, a fondness for three-piece suits [which has deteriorated into a love of vests], a brown Labrador, a white cockapoo, an energetic Shih-tzu, two scheming dachshunds, a capricious spaniel, a crazy Saluki-Aussie, and various assorted pet rodents. Finally, in 1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., I escaped to New Hampshire. There I was fortunate enough to find and marry a lovely lyric soprano, and we moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and where I attempt to create and manage chaos in the process of writing.




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"I read The Eternity Artifact with pleasure, and felt well rewarded even beyond the last page."--David Farland

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes "Adiamante," the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and "Archform: Beauty." Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Colin Mccrae on 5 April 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is his most ambitious book yet with lots of intelligent characters. With more than one main character if you like hard sci fi or the ecolitan envoy series buy this book you will love it. The blurb on the back cover sounds incredably dull and ungripping. The book is certainly not Modesitt paints the picture of rivaling theocracies and the speed of future communication technology and treachery and space combat vividly and with finesse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenny F on 12 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
I think there are several major issues with this book. For starters, the first person style is fine when the is a single character and the action follows their experiences. Here, an attempt has been made to marry the first person style with the multi character viewpoint of third person. I think this approach is clunky and often confusing. I also found it frustrating to read about the same events repeatedly from only very slightly different viewpoints.
Modesitt also repeats dialogue constantly and describes the same items constantly. I lost count of the number of times I was treated to the truly gripping description of the 'blue skin-tights and grey vest and shorts of the DSS'.
*yawn*
Finally... the character of Liam Fitzhugh has incredibly awkward dialogue. This is deliberate... it's supposed to be an idiosyncrasy... but it's just stupid.

Oh and the space battles are spectacularly uninteresting.
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My first try of this author. I enjoyed reading the book although it left me wanting a bit more at the end. However I don't think this is likely to generate a new series.
It deals with a galaxy populated by humans with no sign of other intelligent life anywhere, until a new planet is found in the void between galaxies made by others billions of years earlier, and the impact of this on the various cultures and beliefs, with many similarities to todays issues.
Written in an unusual style, all in the first person and the story is told in a series of short chapters from varying viewpoints, even the enemies. This leads to some overlap with some events covered several times from different angles, but on the whole a different and successful approach.
Recommended
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Each chapter is a view from a different character of the story and from their point of view. This makes the story rather disjointed and there are times when two chapters are of the same event but from two different peoples point of view. That with divergences into the history of characters and other items, makes it hard to follow the chain of events of the story. I found myself skipping chunks of the book to try and follow the story line.
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Format: Kindle Edition
An excellent, and deep, hard-sci-fi novel enhanced by four very different first person naratives. having exhausted all of the available Hammilton and Reynolds book I have searched for a while for something as satisfying. In this author I have found it and look forward to reading the rest of his works.
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