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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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Publisher's Summary

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 2015

    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.

    10 of 12 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


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DMP2 12-12-14
    DMP2 12-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best stories I have read this year!"

    Excellent, thought-provoking story. I liked the way the characters "evolved" by the end of the story, but loved the way the story made me think about our humanity. Just the right length (8-9 hours), so it was good for a long days' drive. Highly recommended.

    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

    Media Nerd

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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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    MikeFarr 05-21-15
    MikeFarr 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun in an old SF style"

    I loved this book like few in the last year because there was wonder, discovery, great imagination without the all to common nasty political axes to grind. Politics in science? sure, but the portrayal is much more characteristic of the human struggle for knowledge, and scientists will disagree. Rather than nasty portrayals of religion, for example, there was instead a demonstration of wonder of scientific discovery that wins far more converts. Some of the science is a bit outdated but the adventure is grand. I'm coming back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    whiterabbit 05-15-15
    whiterabbit 05-15-15 Member Since 2013

    harmony

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    "Interesting book"

    A bit pedantic at times but worthy of a read especially for the glimpses into stellar scenes of beauty and wonder. The premise was a lot more interesting and surprising back in its day than in modern times, I would think, since this topic has been well explored since the seventies. I liked the hard science. It made the story more timeless. Classic sci fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline WINLOCK, WA, United States 05-13-15
    Pauline WINLOCK, WA, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The science seems solid"

    I appreciated the way this story unfolded in a logical, scientific way. Personally, I would have liked more female scientists in important roles. It feels as if a sequel would be warranted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 04-11-15
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Considering it's a 1977 Novel."
    What made the experience of listening to Inherit the Stars the most enjoyable?

    A coherent interesting novel about aliens. I always find novels about strange new technology etc great, if they are handled intelligently, which this was. Of course as it was written in 1976/77 it does have issues with plausibility considering what we know today about aliens or the lack of them etc... So enjoy the story for what it is, a well written thoughtful novel about aliens written in say 1976. I have already bought book 2 :) It has many concepts you may think on for many a year. Enjoy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No Comment


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 02-11-15
    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.

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    "It Has Aged Surprisingly Well"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Written in the mid 70s, this book stands up surprisingly well. almost 20 years before Alcubierre theory was known, and Quantum physics was still relatively unknown, this story still managed to travel pretty well. Where it fails is the lack of DNA and it's views on women. Apparently even the 60K year old astronauts were a little unenlightened when it came to gender stereotypes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James P. Hogan? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This one was interesting, yet I crave the more current science and extrapolation. This was cutting edge Sci-fi at the time, I'm just looking for the current edge.


    What didn’t you like about John Pruden’s performance?

    It was really slow. I had to listen to it at 2X speed or I would not have been able to bear it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it was made into a movie today, I probably would.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something to listen to, and are not offended my a mad-men era mentality towards women, give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin 02-03-15
    Kirstin 02-03-15
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    "One of Hogan's Best"

    John Pruden did a creditable job differentiating between the many characters. However, the English accent of the main character, Victor Hunt, left much to be desired. Still, the accent wasn't enough of an issue to detract from enjoying listening to my favorite Hogan book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Ace!"

    Thought it was going to be hard going... Kept with it and was enthralled. Will be reading the next in series next.

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    1/10/15
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    "Very Good"
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    A very good story from start to end, well read in my opinion. I shall buy more of James Hogans books.

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