Poutníci po hvězdách Vonda N. McIntyre

ISBN: 9788071742951

Published: 2000

Paperback

317 pages


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Poutníci po hvězdách  by  Vonda N. McIntyre

Poutníci po hvězdách by Vonda N. McIntyre
2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 317 pages | ISBN: 9788071742951 | 7.40 Mb

My copy of Starfarers featured a prominent blurb by Ursula K. Le Guin, which gives the reader a reasonable idea of what he or she can expect to find inside. McIntyre is hardly a Le Guin clone, of course: she is more of a hard sf writer than Le Guin, constructing self-sufficient interstellar spaceships rather than wholly new societies. (Some of her hard-sf ideas are more effective than others: I thought the treatment of the solar sail was excellent, but the idea of a cosmic string that allows you to travel between stars struck me as one of the least believable means of superluminal travel Ive run across.) She also lacks Le Guins subtlety: the two of them clearly share an ideological perspective, but McIntyre is much more likely to come across as overly earnest and didactic.

For instance, the plot arc involving Griffiths, who represents the enemy, militarism, is somewhat strained and not entirely plausible, and the character doesnt work all that well. Inherently unfair comparisons to one of todays greatest living writers aside, though, this is a quite enjoyable book: the start is a bit slow, but once it picks up speed it pulls you along quite effectively. Griffiths aside, the characters are fairly well done (JD Sauvage, as an alien contact expert who has been gaining experience by spending time with the divers, a group of humans who have modified their own DNA to allow them to live under water, in particular), the ideas are original and/or interesting, and the plotting is mostly well-executed.

The main downside to reading it is that McIntyre novels are not easy to find, so it may be a while before I can continue the series.



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