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Encounter with Tiber Kindle Edition
|Length: 656 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I didn't expect this to be much good, but it was excellent. Enjoyed it a lot. Not quite like any other science fiction i've read. Bit of an 'information dump' as one reviewer put it, but not too bad (i've read worse) and this was interesting information, the sort you could only get from a veteran astronaut. Great to see it through the eyes of one who's 'been there'. Surprisingly inventive plot and characterisation. A good and engaging read. Not sure about the 'humanoid' aliens though (what possible justification can there be for 2 legs 2 arms etc?). Illustrations are kind of cute, but unecessary, but i liked it.
Reminded me a little of Fred Pohl's "Gateway" (a masterpiece), not in the same league literary speaking, but the same realistic view of space travel ('sitting in a tin can...'). Will look at for any other stories by Buzz, though i suspect this one works so well because it is directly from his experience, and his unique insight; so probably no point in re-stating it in another book. Still, how many of us have a toy named after us!!! (B. Lightyear!). GO Buzz - To Infinity and Beyond!!
I was expecting something a bit timid and cliched, but was pleasantly surprised to find a well written, pacy and powerful story. Well recommended.
I hope Buzz sees a decent slice of that £8+ I paid.
Once you are familiar with the whole story, this book lends itself to this kind of sampling. It contains a number of separate but linked accounts, each following a particular main character. Some of these threads are located back in our prehistory, describing the context for alien visitation of planet Earth. Some span the future of the next hundred or so years, when humans are themselves starting to cautiously embark into first interplanetary, and then interstellar space. Other parts are in today's world, in which the space programs of various nations, and various wealthy individuals, struggle to make headway off the surface of our home world.
Inevitably some of the dates have been and gone without humanity achieving the technological targets Aldrin and Barnes set out. Of itself, that no more detracts from the story than the absence of hover boards and flying cars does in 2015! But there is a certain poignancy in the way we have collectively failed to accomplish tasks which Aldrin thought achievable back in the 1990s. His view was apparently over-optimistic, for all that it was based on an intimate knowledge of the state of space technology then.
As other reviewers have noted, there is a lot of science in with the fiction. I appreciated this, and felt it gave a sound sense of credibility to the story. The authors assume that you want to be educated, or at very least reminded of your education, not just simply entertained.
Ultimately, Encounter with Tiber is a hopeful book, and one which affirms a positive view of life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book follows the story of two families as they journey from their homes to a distant star.
One family from Earth, a story told over several generations. Read more
Incredibly interesting & believable Sci-Fi, by someone who has been there & done that. Well worth taking a look.Published 13 months ago by M. Myers
Bearing in mind this was written when the US space shuttle was still in operation you have to go along with the first section dealing with a tragic shuttle accident. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by Paul L. Money
I'm not really into giving long book reviews. It's either an enjoyable well written story, or it's not. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by Alexander
I am a big fan of SciFi fiction but have a hard time finding good 'read'. I bought this book in a small shop while on vacation. I did not expect much, but was captivated. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2008 by J. Reh
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