It's amazing enough when Murdoch Ross's brilliant grandfather invents a machine that can send messages to itself in the past or the future....
Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by James P. Hogan. It explores themes of anarchism and the appropriateness of certain social values in the context of high-technology....
In 2118 the first daring mission to another star, Tau Ceti - 12 light-years away - is launched. Tom Hites and Harry Cosgrove command the starship Endeavour....
Once, long ago, a robot factory-ship flew too near a star unexpectedly gone nova. After suffering extensive damage, it continued blindly for millennia....
In an America becoming repressive in the face of world tensions, Brad Clifford, a young mathematical physicist, had been virtually drafted from academia to work on defense projects....
Midway through the 21st century, an integrated global computer network manages much of the world's affairs....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
"The Golden Brat", Reinhard von Lohengramm, a military prodigy and admiral of the Galactic Empire, has ambitions beyond protecting the borders....
Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it....
An ancient, alien technology that will change what it means to be human, a conspiracy begun before the first pyramid was built, and a world threatened by an unimaginable horror....
When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune....
Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed....
Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Find out....
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe....
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time....
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492....
An epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read"....
When a Chinese rover discovers an alien technology on the dark side of the moon, it is up to Richard "Rock" Crandon and his NASA team of scientists to devise a way to return....
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.
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.
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The author represents what is best about science fiction. I've let the world pass me by and I really don't seem to care. Hogan knows how to write science fiction the way it was meant to be and which no longer seems to be.
There's very little character development as such but there are characters and their thoughts about the world are what matters most of all. One of the values of science (and even a value we all have within us) are that the facts we have about the world within a domain of interest of a problem needs a best explanation in order to explain them, and often, there can be more than one explanation that can be equally understood. As for this story there are anomalous facts about 'alien' life forms on the moon which start to challenge our understanding of us as human beings. What could be more intriguing?
My wife and I listened to this one together and I'm glad. Books like these not only offer entertainment with a somewhat exciting story but at the same time load the listener up with the proper way to understand science in general and evolution in particular.
I just really like James P Hogan and this period of scifi writing which ends up being better than 90% of the junk that is published today (Sturgeon's Law applied to books in general and scifi in particular). I'm an anachronism and I seem to value the older scifi books more than the stuff I come across today. Don't even get me started on today's movies, but if you want to talk about movies before 1945 than we can have a pleasant multi-day conversation!
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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
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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.
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love Hogan's work. narrator did a good job of sharing the story as opposed to reading the book. only quibble I have, and it's not limited to just this book ... if there's a British character, either do a consistent and recognizable British accent for that character throughout, or just ignore it entirely and read all characters in the same accent, please. it's a challenge finding narrators who can do a range of accents and do them credibly, but it's distracting to have inconsistent accents.
One of my favorite SiFi series. Read this over 30 years ago, and it's amazing how much I have forgotten.
I first read this book way back in high school and I had to get the rest of the series .
this might be a good book. But, it's impossible to tell because the author and editor have done such a fantastic job of filling the beginning sections of the book with completely uninteresting, unengaging, irrelevant, and useless information as set up to the book. Good luck trying to stay awake. On top of that the narrator who is fine at reading something technical, I am sure, is so monotone and soporific that the listening experience is almost painful. To those of you who can make it past this atrocious beginning let me know how it turns out.
What did you love best about Inherit the Stars?
I first read this novel shortly after it was published. It had profound effect on me. So, finding it on Audible was like old home week for me. I was afraid, like so much sci-fi from the '70's, it would be dated. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The story's internal history has obviously not come to pass, but that aside (and the frequent tobacco use) Hogan's 2028 is plausible, especially if it's pushed forward about 50 or 75 years. <br/><br/>There isn't much action. There's a lot of discussion. It's a book of ideas, so if you're looking for space opera, move along. <br/><br/>
What other book might you compare Inherit the Stars to and why?
It's like no other book I've ever read. The reader is swept long with each new discovery, and because until the very end not all of the facts are in, each new hypothesis is interesting. It's somewhat like a mystery novel.<br/><br/>The sudden putting together of all the seemingly unrelated facts at the climax of the novel reminded me of another favorite of mine, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to a chapter at a time. They're short, so it was easy to fit one in maybe once or twice a day. I often found myself pausing after a chapter to consider how much of the '70's science had become obsolete. As I wrote above, the book's science holds up well.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
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Thought it was going to be hard going... Kept with it and was enthralled. Will be reading the next in series next.