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The Forge Of God [Paperback]

Greg Bear
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11 Nov 2010
The disappearance of one of Jupiter's moons, the appearance of "little green men" in Australia and the American Southwest, and the sudden presence of unidentifiable objects on a collision course inside the Earth's core add up to the inescapable conclusion that the Earth has been invaded by an enemy it cannot fight. Powerfully and gracefully written, the latest novel by the author of Eon and Blood Music stands far above most examples of "doomsday" science fiction

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575096837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575096837
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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engaging, gripping and scarily readable ... a great read. (SFFworld.com)

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A stunning novel of alien invasion from a master of the genre.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth-shattering! 4 Aug 2000
By M&RLove
Format:Paperback
I stumbled across Greg Bear and this book about 3 years ago. It really blew me away! I have re-read the book a couple of times and the emotion of the finale still bites too deep for comfort. Who says hard sci-fi cannot be for the heart as well as the head... The reworkings and discarding of familiar sci-fi themes is very clever and makes you continually have to reevaluate the book as you read on. If you have not already read this book, BUY IT! Then go out and buy EON. The only guy giving Bear a run for his money is Peter Hamilton (Reality Dysfunction, et al). It does not get better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think...... 16 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must confess, after reading the blurb attached to Mr. Bear's book I assumed that it was some sort of comedy. A moon vanishes and then aliens arrive baring bad news ?? "Must be a humourous read" I thought.....

Boy was I wrong !! Greg Bear describes in detail just what happens when two different species of alien arrive, both at the same time, both of whom are being economical with the truth as to their reasons for visiting. With characters you care about and want to see succeed in their survival, Mr. Bear's story takes us on a bleak and certainly "terminal" road to earth's destruction at the hands of aliens who, whilst not necessarily evil, are determined to finish their task !!

The book is only 325 pages long, however, it feels a lot longer. This no way inhibits the story but I do feel that a lack of direction plagues the middle part of the novel, also, there are some characters who just disappear when I wanted to know more about them. In addition, one does need a certain amount of patience when reading all the technical jargon (some of which went over my head), but again, this does not ruin the book, I picked up the gist of what was going on easily and quickly.

I will certainly read more of Greg Bear's work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic... 24 Dec 2010
By M. Yon
Format:Paperback
Here's a welcome re-release, originally from 1987. This was Greg's fourth novel. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1987, and was also nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1988.

It is basically a combination of alien invasion novel and global catastrophe tale. As with the best of these tales, it starts simply. Set in contemporary times (well, 1996), it tells us of what happens when there are a number of seemingly-relatively minor solar system anomalies. Astronomers suddenly notice that Europa, the moon orbiting Jupiter, disappears. This is perceived with little interest by the non-astronomer general public. Then mountains are discovered in the Mojave Desert in the USA and in Australia, in areas where less than a year before there were no mountains.

What these are in actual fact are two spaceships. In the case of the spacecraft crashing in the Californian Mojave desert, there is a dying alien, in its own words, `a flea', hitchhiking a ride with superior beings. In English, it tells its discoverers that it is very sorry to bring bad news but that the Earth is doomed.

In the case of the Australian ship we have metallic silver floating gourd-shapes telling people that they come in peace for our benefit.

The truth is sadly more sinister. What is happening is that the aliens, attracted by radio signals emitted from Earth, have brought with them two `bullets' of neutronium and anti-neutronium that are eating through the interior of the Earth. Their meeting will be the end of the Earth as we know it. Moreover there is the scary realisation that this is deliberate: it is this that creates the matter used to birth more alien spaceships, a force created by a mechanical alien species who look at humans as if they are a lower lifeform.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bold idea 15 Jan 2013
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Bear's 1987 novel "The Forge of God" is the second book by this author I've read after "Hull Zero Three" (2010). They have in common that the main plot turns out to be surprisingly straightforward, though not to the protagonists who try to cope with an environment that has suddenly become very puzzling and frightening. This book's basic idea is bold and carried out consistently to the end. Still, it feels a bit drawn-out at times. The author spends much time on attempts at character development, not thoroughly successful. The best character in "The Forge of God" may be one Bear hasn't tried to flesh out too meticulously: The hapless, dispirited American president who in the end is both right and wrong. Altogether, I liked "The Forge of God", but "Hull Zero Three" with its focus on one protagonist instead of trying to make the reader sympathize with a dozen seems better executed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I read The Forge of God over the course of a single weekend (yes, sad but true) and have to say that it's the most fantastic, epic and disturbing book I've read in many, many years.
The build-up is well-paced, the character's are all fully believable and the finale is as epic (and as depressing) as it gets. Bear's sequel, Anvil Of Stars, is just as impressive.
This is crying out to be made into a film with a good sci-fi director (Scott, Cameron, Hyams, Fincher) at the helm, along with Bear's classic 'Eon'. Although Bear prefers to keep on writing epic, near-future sci-fi such as his brilliant new Darwin's Radio, perhaps he could consider taking time-out to carefully develop The Forge of God into a screenplay. Putting images to this fabulous story would be the icing on the cake (that's if Bear's infamous 'Planet Eaters' don't gobble it up first)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A wordy book
This book, like many in popular fiction, is far too long and introspective. Sadly, though I enjoy much science fiction, I lost interest in the story and the protagonists. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for intelligent sci-fi fans, more of a primer.
Almost all of the reviews on this book have been positive and therefore the book has given those reviewers great pleasure. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dung
4.0 out of 5 stars Armageddon has never been so entertaining.
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! A real page turner. Lent it to friend, who lent it to a friend, etc, etc. Solid read, good concepts and a good story line. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Stunt Goat
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning yet..
This is one of the author's best pieces of work and ranks along with EON. I found the story initially a little slow but it builds and becomes very engrossing. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Halo Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work for Little Return
This is a depressing book. Its simple, and deeply unrewarding plot could be summed up in two sentences. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2011 by SteveJones
5.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi for grown ups
I really enjoyed this read. Went off customer reviews and have to say that I,m glad I trusted you. I like sci-fi but not, unfortunately , most sci-fi writers. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by P. Winthrop
2.0 out of 5 stars Creative and imaginative, but poorly executed
There are plot spoilers be warned.

The ideas in this book are Great, however I made the mistake of reading Orson Scott Card's Ender series which blows this out of the... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by D.Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Problems With Conversion
Well.
I first got this book as a paperback, so when i saw it available for Kindle i got it.

I'm about 55% through it at the moment but I've found several 'Mistakes'... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by D. C. L. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars One word - Epic
The Forge of God by Greg Bear is a fantastic novel. The sheer scale of events will blow you away, the characterization is, most of the time, spot on and the storyline leaves very... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by N. Durand
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a page wasted
A fast-paced rollercoaster of a novel from Bear which builds inexorably to its inevitable climax.
In a theme later to be picked up by Alastair Reynolds and Jack McDevitt, Bear... Read more
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