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Inherit the Stars | [James P. Hogan]

Inherit the Stars

The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.
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The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

©1977 James Patrick Hogan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Pure science fiction…Arthur Clarke, move over!” (Isaac Asimov)

“Hard science fiction with a lovely vengeance but done so well that almost no scientific background is needed to understand and enjoy it…Highly recommended.” (Analog)

“Intellectual action portrayed as excitingly as any space war - a truly absorbing read and a reminder that learning is one of the greatest human adventures.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-14-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH"

    THE MATHEMATICAL THEORY THAT HAD GROWN OUT OF MESON DYNAMICS INVOLVED THE EXISTENCE OF THREE HITHERTO UNKNOWN TRANSURANIC ELEMENTS.
    Most of the book is in the math and science speak as above. I could open the book to any page and come up with sentences similar to above, but don't let that stop you from buying the book. I was a B student in High School taking mostly speech and drama type classes, yet I found myself listening intently to this story. I did not always understand the math and science, but did understand more then I thought I would and I loved the wonder of discovery. I loved the working out of the Universal Mystery. The discussions on Evolution, Man's Origin, space travel, Ice Ages, Galaxy Rotation and Theory jolting opened my eyes and my brain.

    THIS WAS ALL VERY EXCITING, BUT ALL IT PROVED WAS THAT A WORLD HAD EXISTED.
    The book takes you step by step through the scientific process. It made me feel that this is actually how real scientist would handle the mysteries they are handed. Like usual the solving of one mystery leads to a bigger mystery. What I liked even more was the questioning of the known facts. One thing I really gleaned out of this was how we must try not to get stuck on the supposedly known. To think out of the box so to speak. The main thing I remember from 8th grade science is that a Theory means unproved. Today Evolution and Global Warming are still Theory. (species have changed through out history, but it has never been proven that One species ever evolved into another Species.) Scientist, journalist and even your next door neighbor are so convinced today that these theories are fact, that they have closed their minds to other possibilities. It is keeping an open mind and questioning the norm, which helps the main scientist solve the many mysteries in this book.

    IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH
    Do not expect character development or a love story. I did find it amusing that several times when contemplating a question, someone would announce IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH. Lunch seem to be very important to these guys. I liked this book well enough that I will be getting the next book in the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. White So. CA 06-18-14
    C. White So. CA 06-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The Best of the 3 Giant books..."
    If you could sum up Inherit the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    I first read Inherit the Stars 35 years ago... and I can honestly say that it was one of the inspirations that lead me to become a scientist. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought the audio book (along with the two direct sequels to the trilogy). Although the book feels very dated and sexist, it is still an enjoyable story without diverting too much into new age phooey (like the later books in the trilogy... most notably Giant's Star). The narration is passable at best.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    I would not seek out any particular book that John Pruden narrated


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 05-08-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "SciFi - SciReal mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inherit the Stars to be better than the print version?

    Either would keep you enthralled.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie - what a ride.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    I would have liked the mix a British with American accents to make the international flavor of the characters more obvious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    OH YES. This is an old fashioned mystery with science as the tool. My favorite kind of mystery whether Sci-Fi or 1920s.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to anyone who likes to follow the process of investigation through the application of science and imagination.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HEDSTRÖM 05-10-13
    HEDSTRÖM 05-10-13
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    "Promising story but too predictable"
    Do you have any additional comments?

    Discoveries and revelations are cool when done right. Not this time.

    This book does it right until half-way through, when it starts to get predictable. The story is focusing too much on a single question/mystery that is not believable to get unanswered for so long, while other much more interesting stuff are briefly done with in a few sentences.

    The book is well written and kept me in despite it's flaws in story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Fox Island, WA, United States 04-13-13
    Stephen Fox Island, WA, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "It was great 20 years ago, It was great now!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this boot 20 years ago and it was great! I am happy to see Audible has added it to their line up. Now we need the sequels!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Shapiro baltimore md. 04-11-13
    L. Shapiro baltimore md. 04-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "an interesting story and fun too"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inherit the Stars to be better than the print version?

    It's about the same. I read the book when it first came out(still have it) and have still enjoyed ti.


    What other book might you compare Inherit the Stars to and why?

    a lot of the science fiction of the era when it was written have the same optimism


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nothing really he just does not spoil it


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

    no not really


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jack USA 03-03-14
    Jack USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2012

    End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in

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    "Takes too long to make any sense of."
    Would you try another book from James P. Hogan and/or John Pruden?

    No, the beginning third of the book was a maze of unrelated characters and time periods. I gave up after the first five chapters. Not sure why the author would think we would be interested in characters who we could not place within context of some story line.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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