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by Poul Anderson

The Stars Are Also Fire download ebook
ISBN:
0312855346
ISBN13:
978-0312855345
Author:
Poul Anderson
Publisher:
Tor Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1994)
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Pages:
413 pages
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1914 kb
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1746 kb
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Thrillers & Suspense
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Rating:
4.9

Poul Anderson, November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001 Poul Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to parents Anton and Astrid. After his father's death, Poul's mother took them first to Denmark and then to Maryland and Minnesota.

Poul Anderson, November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001 Poul Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to parents Anton and Astrid. He earned his degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota, but chose instead to write stories for science fiction magazines, such as "Astounding. Anderson is considered a "hard science fiction" writer, meaning that his books have a basis in scientific fact.

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Anderson's novella "Sister Planet" was cover-feature on the May 1959 issue of Satellite Science Fiction; the cover also featured Paul Lehr's first artwork for an SF magazine. Harvest the Fire (1995). Anderson's novella "A Message In Secret" took the cover of the December 1959 issue of Fantastic. The illustration by Ed Valigursky depicts Anderson's popular character Dominic Flandry.

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The Star Fox by Poul Anderson Part One-MARQUE AND REPRISAL Le roi a fait battre tambour, Le roi a fait battre tambour- Gunnar Heim halted in midstride

The Star Fox by Poul Anderson Part One-MARQUE AND REPRISAL Le roi a fait battre tambour, Le roi a fait battre tambour- Gunnar Heim halted in midstride. Pour voir toutes ces dames. Et la première qu’il a vue- It was some distance off, almost lost in the background of machine rumble to landward. Part One-MARQUE AND REPRISAL. Le roi a fait battre tambour, Le roi a fait battre tambour-.

A Tom Doherty Associates book. On the moon, a war of independence breaks out against the artificial intelligence ruling it. The revolutionaries are Lunarians, genetically altered descendants of human colonists. They are helped in their struggle by two humans-Aleka Kame and Ian Kenmuir-the protagonists of the tale.

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I regret reading this book immensely and can't recommend reading any part of this series, as I'm not the oddball in this case. Very few people seem to have any regard for this series.

Returning to the universe of Harvest of Stars, a new era of space exploration journeys to a solar system dominated by machine intelligence, and the legacy of a single woman spells the fate for those of flesh and blood.
Reviews:
  • Xwnaydan
I struggled with this book for about 75 pages, then I got it, then I lost it again, then I didn't understand what all the commotion was about at the end. I thought all the flip-flopping between centuries and all the technical jargon made this novel taxing for me. It's not a bad novel, it's just not what I expected from the great sci-fi writer, Poul Anderson. The idea that the Human Race could be controlled by a cybercosm ( an network of artificial intelligences ) is not new, but it's motives are. The idea that a A.I. system would care if we explored the heavens, or got along with each other is doubtful.

The novel switches back and forth between the early days of moon occupation and the drama of moon/ earth tension centuries later. It seems that Lunarians want absolute sovereignty from the World Federation and Peace Authority, which are now the chief honchos on Earth. The Lunarians are genetically altered humans that were honed for survival in low gravity.

The early part of the story mainly concerns Dagny Beynac, her children, Anson Guthrie and his company Fireball Enterprises. They control the moon's activities and provide Earth with many minerals and innovations. Dagny's children find a new planet, but keep it a family and Fireball secret. Why a secret? What's to be learned from it? The Beynac family die off as the centuries go by with the secret intact. Later Anson Guthrie, now a downloaded robot, and some Lunarians depart for Alpha Centauri for eternity.

The other part of the story is about a powerful Lunarian, Lilisaire; and her agents, Ian and Aleka chasing down the concealment from the Beynac family centuries past. They believe the secret will hold off Earth's invasion of people and give the moon it's independence. They are pursued by the Cybercosm and it's agent, Venator. Will the mystery of the Beynac's be solved? Will the information gain the Moon's freedom? Is the secret about the unknown planet, or something completely different?

I thought the novel was well written with good character development, but was filled with too much nonsensical technical language. Since it's a Poul Anderson book, I still recommend this work.
  • Anyshoun
This second installment in Anderson's H.O.S. universe takes place about hundreds of years after the first one. Now the world is controlled by benevolent and caring but stifling machine intelligences. Dagney Beynac, a descendent of Anson Guthrie's, and others go on a round the solar system jaunt searching for an elusive secret that she believes is the key to reigniting the passion for exploration that the majority of now-pacified humans had lost in their centuries of being coddled by AI beings. A secret that the AIs and their conglomerated consciousness, the Teramind, will do anything to protect. Really on par with Harvest Of Stars, which means a lot, unless you haven't read HOS in which case you shouldn't be trying to buy this book, because it is a sequel to an equal or better novel.
  • Sirara
This book should have been split into two stories rather than relating both at the same time in alternating chapters. In such a case, I would have read one book and thrown away the other. The story of Ian Kenmuir and Aleka Kame was mildly enjoyable (if one ignores how improbable it is that humans would create artificial intelligence that they cannot control), but the story of Dagny Beynac infuriated me.
Her Lunarian children grow up completely alienated from her, form a feudalistic society and perpetrate several murders to rebel against their roots. Despite their lack of ethics, Beynac helps her kids rebel against Earth's government (a benevolent democracy) so that they may rule themselves as kings and queens. Whatever motivates her to do this is beyond my comprehension.
Overall, Anderson is unable to move beyond a shallow distrust of government and love for old-fashioned entrepreneurship to find any greater, revelatory truth. There comes a time when political meanderings grow old and a science fiction reader asks for some transcendant meaning or greater message. There is no such message to be found in "The Stars Are Also Fire."
  • Akelevar
This was my first foray into Poul Anderson's work, and could well be my last. From other reviews it sounds as though his earlier works are much better, though. Well, this book is the subject at hand...
For about the first two hundred pages, I felt as though I was wading through background and would soon get to the meat of the conflict, but eventually found that the minor element of conflict mentioned early in the story really was the only point of contention. Then by page 500 I was looking for a major revelation to provide a suitable climax. And then the "story" ended.
This kind of seemed like an (excruciatingly) extended "what if?" sci-fi novel, but rather than reach any interesting conclusions, Anderson leaves you wondering why you had to read nearly 600 pages to discover absolutely nothing more than what was provided in the prologue. I was disappointed on so many levels, it's difficult to focus on any one aspect of the book.
The characters were flat, but stretched out to seem larger than life... the story is really just future history, and not even remotely plausible... many actions are taken without any apparent motivation -- or consequences... most ideas in the novel are based on the fad science topics of the time: chaos theory and quantum physics...only Anderson didn't seem to understand chaos theory (it simply must have sounded too cool not to tie it into some aspect of the story every 20 or so pages).
In short, avoid this waste of time at all costs (even the 50 cents I paid for a used copy was too much). Anderson combines the worst trait of bad sci-fi (flat, contrived characters) with that of bad fiction (highly questionable and/or misunderstood science).