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A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story | [Gregory Benford]

A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.
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A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

©1999 Gregory Benford (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Robert Lowery 07-12-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "No Emotional Response"

    I enjoy good SciFi stories. This had the potential to be better then it was. I have not read/listened to any other works by Gregory Benford, so maybe I am missing part of the point to this story. I thought that some of the creatures that he created were clever and the idea that some of them lived in various orbits around a blackhole mirrors the structure of an atom, which seems novel.

    What bothered me through out the story is that our protagonist does not seem to have an emotional response to anything happening around him. Perhaps it was due to poor narration, because even in the scenes where the protagonist seems to be acting on an emotion he still seems emotionless.

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    Theblackersheep 07-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disjointed"

    I suppose if you are familiar with the characters, this story might make a bit more sense. Not having any idea of what it was about or knowing the characters left me feeling like I was having flashbacks to things that never happened to me. There was no sense of reality and I struggled to even begin to understand what was going on. The story itself felt stilted and disjointed as if the author were only using the setting and characters to expound on philosophical ideas that interested him more than his own creation. I'm afraid this left me not caring enough about the characters to want to continue reading more about them. The only reason I finished this one was because it was so short. I won't be continuing with the series.

    Narrator: Robin Sachs did an excellent job with what he had to work with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-03-12
    Michael 07-03-12
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    "Good idea turns into a Machine Crusade re-run"
    What disappointed you about A Hunger for the Infinite?

    It started out promising but when it turned into a machine seeking to find out what humanity is about, and using art etc, I was reminded, and not in a good way, of the Dune Prequel Machine Crusade and the associated premises. Some great descriptions and ideas about harvesting energy and evolution in machine based societies. Mr Benford would have served the reader better by making his story more about these.


    Would you recommend A Hunger for the Infinite to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story was too preachy and predictably about a machine using people to try and discover what makes them human.


    What aspect of Robin Sachs’s performance would you have changed?

    it was ok. Could have used a little more tonal variation and emphasis.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, see above - the galactic core and energy harvesting ideas.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LadyShopper 07-01-12
    LadyShopper 07-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not well done - needs evolution"
    What would have made A Hunger for the Infinite better?

    Fewer of the sort of descriptives usually found only among 5th grade boys


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Benford’s story?

    The topic is very exciting and wonderful and I hoped for a well-rounded story - a journey that explores the topic well. This one galloped along, wafting over the more intelligent concepts of Orga/Mecha conflict and went for the cheap grab of extreme violent act and moment. I felt so let down, since Extra-terrestrial exploration is an exciting topic.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I am new to Audible and to Robin Sachs. Robin Sach's delivery was perfectly fine. In fact, "Bravo" - if he made it through the challenges of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hunger for the Infinite?

    I'd need to go back and listen again to be more specific and I cannot make me do that, but , as I mentioned, I'd remove at least half the scenes describing extreme sadism and violence. The overmuch of visceral violence, described poorly and insensitively, with obvious intent to disprupt succeeded in disrupting the ability to enjoy a flow of good storytelling. The topic is sophisticated exciting and gutsy enough - only a few of the violent descriptions are needed to get the idea across, and sill keep the overall story the thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Audible. This is the first of my selections of audio books to disappoint. I was embarassed to have chosen it and sad that I could not remove it from my Library list...don't want it there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 06-30-12
    Jennifer 06-30-12
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    "Yuck... grotesque .... not for me"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Imaginative, but I am not drawn to disturbed gore, so I only got through the first 14 min. It may have gotten better as it developed, but Im not putting myself through that.Very imaginative though.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Antioch, CA, United States 06-25-12
    Charles Antioch, CA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Short and boring"
    What did you like best about A Hunger for the Infinite? What did you like least?

    Either I didn't understand this book or it was just too boring. Didn't really grab me like I hoped or waited for it to do. By the time I started getting interested in it, it was over. Sad but short.


    What could Gregory Benford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added some additional adventure and storyline


    What three words best describe Robin Sachs’s voice?

    Dry, dull, unemotional.


    Did A Hunger for the Infinite inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Duri Northport, NY, United States 06-23-12
    Duri Northport, NY, United States 06-23-12
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    "Complex and Thought-provoking"
    Where does A Hunger for the Infinite rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way above my expectations. It centers around a concrete thought-provoking question: What is the meaning of being human? Great stuff. Well worth the listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 06-06-12
    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Poet"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a poet trying to make a living writing and selling SF to SF fans-----Fo Get About It. This thing was terrable and it was free. Don't waste your time.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff Kane Mesa, AZ United States 07-02-12
    Geoff Kane Mesa, AZ United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Hard to follow"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is so much going on, that unless you are familiar with the characters or story, it is hard to follow.


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    Robert Richland, WA, United States 07-01-12
    Robert Richland, WA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More horrific then a finger in a blender..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A freaking sadistic monster.. of sorts..


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Benford’s story?

    You know those thoughts you wish you could never, ever have. Guess what ?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Never came up, unless it was a breath between the absolute senseless gore.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hunger for the Infinite?

    Frankly, I really believe the writer needs some serious cute and fuzzy kitten time. But kill it first, before he does !


    Any additional comments?

    Some where, someone, is crying over something horrible in their life. I think the author suspects, it's himself......

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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