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 hear 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 enjoyable and very tightly written like science fiction classics of old that clocked at Science Fiction and Fantasy Grand Master Poul Anderson s writing career lasted from the 1940s through his death in 2001 and I started reading him in my teens Always he was nown 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 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 Genesis is a fitting final book in the celebrated cannon of this great 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 Followingconnected vignettes following 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 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. Der Astronaut Christian Brannock hat miterlebt wie der Mensch die ünstliche Intelligenz immer weiter entwickelte bis es schließlich.
Poul Anderson ¹ 4 ReadBook much time is spent getting to now 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 the book It s as if we took a little vacation to some out of the way and later rejoined our hero on his way to the LOVED this
book so many big ideas and a story that takes place on anso many big ideas and a
Story That Takes Place Onthat takes place on massive scale and timeline The plot jumped around between viewpoints and moments in history uite a bit and even genres 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 ind of underwhelminganticlimatic though everything else was awesome There s some really interesting stuff here as the novel explores the singularity of human and machine predicting the rise of a galactic 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 great book but in the end it leaves a good 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 a woman as one of Captain Kirk s 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 is good enough to support its exploration of ideas even if it sometimes drops the ball 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. En Als er beauftragt wird den Supercomputer Gaia zu überprüfen der das Schicksal der Erde lenkt stößt er jedoch auf Unvorstellbare. Plot began It probably began around page 140 because I Uit Around That Point Out Of Boredom Fantastic Ideas But around that point out of boredom Fantastic ideas but 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 gods to guide 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 go to the stars others remain in the central computer being used to guide the development of society on Earth After eons a vast net of computer minds develop across the galaxy Those minds grow 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 in 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 gods and the uestion of what a god 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 lessbut that only seemed to make it become less and less believable A little less have gone a long way The book also does not give 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 give you much to think on DisappointedNot a particularly long novel Genesis might have been better had it been 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. Möglich war die menschliche Persönlichkeit in einen Computer zu speisen und ihm auf diese Weise eine Art Unsterblichkeit zu verleih. .