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The Palace of Eternity by [Shaw, Bob]
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Length: 218 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1310 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LB9B62
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This absolutely spectacular book is, without doubt, amongst the finest SF ever written. Whilst relatively slim, this story travels the universe and encompasses every emotion that man is capable of. Sometimes brutal, sometimes mind shattering, it is always sane. The world of creative fiction lost one of it's giants in February 1996 when Bob Shaw left us totally bereft at his passing. Whilst others have imitated and some have mimicked, there will, regrettably, never be another genial gentleman of his ilk striding the stage of imaginative writing that has taken us to the stars and beyond.
Rest easy big man.
GK
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Format: Paperback
The war with the Pythsyccans has been raging across space for forty years. The aliens are elongated, spindle-shaped monstrosities who seem determined to wipe Mankind from the galaxy and show no desire to communicate or seek a peaceful solution.
Mack Tavernor, retired Army Colonel turned engineer, has settled on the planet Mnemosyne, ‘The Poet’s Planet’ which boasts an orbital shell composed of fragments of a long-destroyed moon.
He discovers that the military have chosen to use Mnemosyne as the Central Control for War Operations when his house is destroyed to make way for a military headquarters.
Suspicious of the military’s true intentions he joins the rebelling artists who are hiding out in forests outside the city.
Later, hearing that his girlfriend Lissa, is planning to marry one of the military leaders, he returns to persuade her to change her mind, but is captured. Realising that it is only a matter of time before he betrays the other rebels he engineers his own killing whilst being interrogated.
Death, however, is not the end, for Tavernor finds himself reborn as an Egon.
Egons are particles of life-essence which connect to every life-form at conception and are p basically – a copy or back-up of the life-experiences of the organism. At the moment of death, the Egon returns to the Mother mass which surrounds every life-bearing planet and whose influence is responsible for flashes of creative or scientific brilliance.
Although oddly structured, it’s a well-characterised work, with quite a few of what Shaw used to call his ‘wee thinky bits’, such as the telepathic batlike creatures which Tavernor employs to great effect in one of his guerrilla attacks on the occupying military.
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This is a good novel but I don't think it was one of Shaw's best - but not one of the worst either. I have just reread it after about 16 years and it was enjoyable but I did have a problem suspending disbelief in some of the ideas. Maybe I am just getting older, or maybe I have read too much popular science, but sometimes you read something and you say "that's impossible!". If you believe in dualism (mind and matter) and some kind of god then you will be more willing to swallow the ideas than me. I suppose the truth is that I am more of an atheist than I used to be. I believe that the mind is a product of the brain, i.e. there is no separate non-physical entity called the soul. If you believe that strongly enough then one of key ideas in the book is undermined. However, I am able to enjoy fantasies, like the film 'Heaven Can Wait', for example, but I prefer SF to be a bit more believable. But then, I'm an artisan, not a poet (an in-joke - if you've read the book).
In summary, as with most of Shaw's works, a book full of fantastic ideas and an interesting main character. Good entertainment and an easy read.
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