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  • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    (138)
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    Frederik Pohl was on a streak when this Hugo Award-finalist novel was published in 1980. Now back in print after an absence of nearly a decade, this unique science fiction novel is as fresh and entertaining as ever. The story begins when the hero of Gateway finances an expedition to a distant alien spaceship that may end famine forever. On the ship, the explorers find a human boy, and evidence that reveals a powerful alien civilization is thriving on a transport ship headed right for Earth....

    James says: "SHE SURPRIZES ME MOST WHEN I LEAST EXPECT IT"
    "It depends on what the definition of "beyond" is"
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    Would you listen to Beyond the Blue Event Horizon again? Why?

    Chock full of spoilers (generalized). In this book, which is a sequel to Gateway, you've got new characters, you've got new aliens. Pohl zooms in on various characters, light years away from one another, and follows specific individuals. Wyman's vocalizations are distinct. One of them is very annoying--a young character that he feels compelled to always have shouting as if they are trying to prevent someone from yanking their shorts up their ass-crack.

    Pohl gloriously zooms out in the book's latter part, allowing three major aspects of the Heechee phenomenon to be told. Just when you think the telescope has brought you to a logical end view of the picture, Pohl either backs away to a whole new extensions, or directs you to a microscope or CAT Scan of the subject at hand.

    My big problem--which may or may not be cleared up in later installments--is that there is no action regarding Clara's plight. I thought "beyond" meant into, past, pioneering, discovering--as in "into." Instead, it's about dismissing, "getting over with," setting aside.
    In that sense, I was really disappointed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Blue Event Horizon?

    Finding the cause of the madness that recurred on earth on a regular basis--and how that madness changed according to the specific transmitter. Finding the purpose of the ubiquitous Heechee artifacts.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    The variety of voices--except the hysterical one mentioned above. Boy, did that grate on my nerves.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The meeting of the travelers and the young castaway. The description of the activity of "first contact" was outrageous, pathetic, natural, shocking, and liberating!


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