Poul Anderson published Genesis in the same year of his death 2001 Just #as The Shootist was an appropriate swan song for the ailing John Wayne #The Shootist was an appropriate swan song for the ailing John Wayne is a fitting final book in the celebrated cannon of this reat writer A recurring theme in much of his work especially in the last decade of his life was immortality and here as in Harvest of Stars a sentient human is uploaded into a computer and allowed to continue on into infinity Genesis also calls to mind Anderson s excellent novel The Boat of a Million Years particularly in its narrative style of connected vignettes following a chronological procession over hundreds of millions of years Genesis revisits several other staple Anderson themes such as speculative science fiction star travel time travel and alternative historic fiction The uality of this work was recognized by the committee awarding the John W Campbell Memorial Award as this was the winner in 2001 DisappointedNot a #Particularly Long Novel Genesis Might Have Been Better Had It #long novel Genesis might have been better had it shorter The shorterness in itself would have been an improvement Anderson spends way too much time in description explanation and story building In the early parts of the book much time is spent Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French getting to know the characters and their motivations in a rivalrous clan society with which the main characters never have any interaction This culture has absolutly no bearing on the plot what there is of one that is and plays absolutely no role later in the book It s as if we took a little vacation to some out of the way monarchy and later rejoined our hero on his way to the end of the book instead of spending that timeetting to know him a little better The premise has Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America great promise but Anderson leaves that fruit on the tree As I trudged through the words as I neared the end of the book I was looking forward to hoping for a strong finish The story does improve towards the end but finally it just sort of peters out I wish we could haveotten there without having to slog through all that middle part This should have been a short story It is a failed novel There s some really interesting stuff here as the novel explores the singularity of human and machine predicting the rise of a alactic consciousness and touches on what it means to be human and the way human civilizations develop If the execution of
the narrative was as impressive as those thematic ideas this would be a truly reat book narrative was as impressive as those thematic ideas this would be a truly Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity great book in the end it leaves aood bit to be desired I have two major complaints here 1 The narrative structure is way too clunky Just as the novel starts humming it breaks off into a series of vignettes showing the development of human culture thousands of years into our future This might not be a problem if these sections were written better but they re largely boring and derivative 2 The main female character comes from hundreds of years in our future and is one of the brightest minds of her time She s also fawning and insufferable and about as strong Der Astronaut Christian Brannock hat miterlebt wie der Mensch die künstliche Intelligenz immer weiter entwickelte bis es schließlich.
Poul Anderson õ 5 ReadOry line comprises only a part of the novel For me that was seriously outweighed #By Clumsy Transitions All #clumsy transitions all the catch and release characters and extended superlative descriptions of the Galactic BrainIf this is your first dive into Poul Anderson I would sooner recommend some of his earlier works such as The High Crusade Guardians of Time Trader to the Stars or Tau Zero Fantastic ideas but a bit clunky in terms of format Anderson explores what the end result of evolution may be and the idea that we could literally be constructing our own Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism gods touide our destinies The story is told from the perspective of Christian Brannock an avatar of a man whose mind was uploaded into a computer and sent off to explore the stars As time progresses and people choose to upload their minds Some Boggs: A Comedy of Values go to the stars others remain in the central computer being used touide the development of society on Earth After eons a vast net of computer minds develop across the Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago galaxy Those mindsrow curious about the fate of humanity on Earth and send an aspect of themselves back to rapport with the central computer which now calls itself Gaia Brannock s aspect is reintegrated from the computer mind and sent to probe the fate of his kin This leads the computer minds and Brannock to uestion Gaia s choices It also calls into uestion whether they are even fit to judge her choices The ideas explored are broad in scope evolution of man and technology the role of Berlioz and the Romantic Century gods and the uestion of what aod truly is the forms and morality of benevolence the vastness of time All weighty subjects Brannock is well defined as a character but Laurinda Ashcroft the avatar sent by Gaia to meet with him is a bit sketchy The book early on does a credible job of making us understand what it could be like to be uploaded into a larger computer mind but then spends far too long reiterating the point The reiterations become scientific and detailed but that only seemed to make it become less and less believable A little less would have Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago gone a long way The book also does notive its final conclusion This is okay for me but others may find it a bit of an abrupt ending All in all I recommend the book It will Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) give you much to think on LOVED this book so many big ideas and a story that takes place on an absolutely massive scale and timeline The plot jumped around between viewpoints and moments in history uite a bit and evenenres saying any would spoil things though I personally liked that I would have no complaints if the book were an extra 100 200 pages long to expand on things though My only real issue was that the ending felt kind of underwhelminganticlimatic though everything else was awesome Disappointed Too many side bar stories info factoids not seemingly relevant to main story line Some interesting ideas but they didn t seem fleshed out enough to fit the story line very well Time to move on to some of Mr Anderson s other works which are of higher acclaim from what I hea. En Als er beauftragt wird den Supercomputer Gaia zu überprüfen der das Schicksal der Erde lenkt stößt er jedoch auf Unvorstellbare. Woman as one of Captain Kirk s Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture galactic concubines I don t think every book with a female character has to make some sort of feminist statement but damn All in all though Genesis isood enough to support its exploration of ideas even if it sometimes drops the ball There are lots of really big ideas in this book about human nature the future of machine intelligences interspecies morality should sentient beings be husbanded like domesticated animals The ending is a little unsatisfactory but on the whole a very book and very tightly written like science fiction classics of old clocked in at under 90000 words unlike to 600 page behemoths that have become so common Terribly terribly slow and boring Characters and settings were introduced multiple times only to be discarded I was never actually sure when the introduction was supposed to be finished and when the main plot began It probably began around page 140 because I uit around that point out of boredom NotesEnjoyed the idea of the book but it was too short to really explore the main themes More of a teaser of maybes than a fully formed story Science Fiction and Fantasy Grand Master Poul
Anderson S Writing Careers writing career from the 1940s through his death in 2001 and I started reading him in my teens Always he was known not so much for scientifictechnological complexity or literary prowess as for the telling of engaging adventures Sadly Genesis one of his last novels in my opinion founders in that regard It was awarded the 2001 John Campbell Award perhaps as career recognition than on the merits of itselfThe novel is divided into two parts Part One is a disjointed narrative that skips across millions of years following two particular humans who were translated into cybernetic copies before their death One is 20th century Christian Brannock who yearned to explore the stars and his post human version does so 22nd century Laurinda Ashcroft represents those humans who preferred to stay on Earth culturally adapting to the declining environment As I mentioned this section spans millions of years and each of their personalities are totally subsumed into the Galactic Brain within a few pages of introductionPart Two is set at least 100 million years into the future that is a One Touch of Scandal geologically future Earth One strain of the post humanalactic brain is Wayfarer who chooses to return to Earth following a deeply buried impulse of Christian s There they encounter Gaia the other strain of #Post Human Galactic Brain #human alactic brain seems Gaia could be concealing some sort of project from Wayfarer but they agree to reconstitute a Christian and a Laurinda to investigate within emulated worlds that Gaia has been running At the same time Wayfarer clandestinely reconstitutes an android Brannock onto the real Earth to find out what Gaia is hiding I enjoyed the experimental alternate histories that Christian and Laurinda briefly visit reminiscent of some of Poul Anderson s time travel novels but that st. Möglich war die menschliche Persönlichkeit in einen Computer zu speisen und ihm auf diese Weise eine Art Unsterblichkeit zu verleih.