The story now being mostly based out of the Moon and on Earth, all the fun seem to have been left out in the asteroid belt. —could someone please give the whining spoiled rich kid a kick in the rear? Earth Awakens will not help keep you from falling asleep.
This is a good beginning for a continuation from The Saga of Seven Suns. The Human Federation, taking the place of the corrupt old Terran Hanseatic League, is strong and flourishing. So is the Ildiran Empire after being shaken out of their race’s collective developmental slumber after the events in the cosmic Elemental Wars. The Ildrian’s start to question what they hold to be true and start challenging themselves. Coming from a world under seven suns, their greatest fear is darkness. And guess what is coming to our local galaxy….
The plot seems thinner than that of the Saga of Seven Suns. Kevin J. Anderson tries to recreate the sense of urgency and imminent doom that drove the Saga of Seven Suns in The Saga of Shadows. Unfortunately, he already gave humanity and its allies greater experience and weapons at the conclusion of the Elemental Wars. The new threat is not as fearsome nor engaging as the Hydrogues and Faeros. The surprises and revelations are seen from a mile away. Leaving a space opera with no driving plot line.
A moon landing goes bad after encountering interference that breaks down the lander’s on-board computerized systems. Two astronauts—now being stranded on the Moon—discovers a powerful artificial intelligence and an approaching threat to Earth while investigating the source of the interference.
The story is simple, the plot line is simple, the premise is shallow, and the characters act like robots reading a script of their expected emotional reactions. There is no connection between their emotions and their behavior. Having read more than my fair share of sci-fi books, it is easy to tell that Raymond L. Weil is a novice sci-fi author.
The aliens are, of course, fully fluent in English and no Earth customs surprises them.
I am not religious nor am I an atheist. But the book gave me much to think of within the constrains of it’s Universe.
A critical thinker gets all the “facts” he demand to question whether or not there is a God in Calculating God. I really appriciated the journey and the thought experiments.
Did a Web 2.0 site once touch Andrew Keen in a bad place? This is the bitter story of a bitter man who once must have taken a wrong wrong step and was left alone and cold.
Much of his facts aren’t wrong, but the conclusions are from a single point of view with an agenda. (Two chapters are dedicated to criticize others who present things online in this manner with ‘hidden agendas.’ Hypocrite.)
On one hand he criticizes the knowledge of individuals on the internet, only to raise individuals he him selves approve of (like sales clerks in record stores) to enormous heights. What Andrew completely misses is that these people — like everyone else — are also present online. We must take it to themselves to find talent offline AND online. There is no difference, and we must all be critical of information regardless of the format and provider.
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