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The Medusa Chronicles Audiobook

The Medusa Chronicles

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Publisher's Summary

A sequel to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's Nebula Award-winning novella A Meeting with Medusa, this novel is a continuation of the thrilling adventure of astronaut Howard Falcon, humanity's first explorer of Jupiter, from two modern science fiction masters.

Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident as the first human astronaut to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter - and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. But he is no longer himself. Instead he has been changed into an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable.

With permission from the Clarke estate, Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds continue this beloved writer's enduring vision and have created a fresh story for new listeners. The Medusa Chronicles charts Falcon's journey through the centuries granted by his new body but always goes back to the mysteries of Jupiter and the changing interaction between humanity and the universe. A compelling listen full of incredible action right from the beginning, this is a modern classic in the spirit of 2001 and The Martian.

©2016 Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    cek Bellevue, WA 08-21-16
    cek Bellevue, WA 08-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Almost stopped listening. Glad I didn't."

    At about 5 chapters in, I was seriously considering stopping. I couldn't believe this was written by Reynolds, it was so slow and clumsy.

    However, I stuck with it, and am glad I did. In there end this book is as mind expanding as any of his other books.

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    Calvin 08-25-16
    Calvin 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh my god"

    This book has some incredible plot twists that really took me by surprise - and I've read many of Alastair's books.

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    Shaun 01-16-17
    Shaun 01-16-17
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    "A brilliant and spanning story"

    this is one of my favorite science fiction novels to date. a wonderful collaboration, of writers and a stunning narrative performance.

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    Rich Angel 06-15-17
    Rich Angel 06-15-17 Member Since 2000
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    "Arthur C. Clarke would be proud!"

    I really enjoyed the story and the reader. Arthur C. Clarke would be proud of the life his short story took on.

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    josh 06-03-17
    josh 06-03-17 Member Since 2010

    sci-fi lover. not a prepper but i dig end of the world stories. I'm a black smith and foundry man by trade. & Zombies Zombies Zombies.

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    "it gets better"
    What did you like best about The Medusa Chronicles? What did you like least?

    it turns into some good interesting sci fi. stick with it. the front half is rather bland but it picks up. good ending.


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    Ilja 05-20-17
    Ilja 05-20-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Odd narrator"

    I liked the story but had a problem with the narrator. Peter Kenny has an odd upward inflection in his voice which makes him sound overly cheery.

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    Vinay Arora 01-09-17
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    "Very good."

    It very much comes off as a brilliant nod towards the imaginative worlds of Clarke. I hope these two work together again. This is definitely worth listening too.

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 09-21-16
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Doesn't Quite Match the Original"

    Having been a fan of many of Alastair Reynolds' imaginative sci fi novels in the past, I decided to read Sir Arthur C Clarke's novella upon which this is based. I enjoyed it, so I eagerly began this book, hoping for an exciting and fantastic series of stories set throughout the universe.

    This book didn't quite live up to those expectations. Set within the solar system, it really doesn't offer any new ideas or vision of the future that we haven't seen before. There's a bit of a twist at the end, kind of a deus ex machina really, that helps things out and gives the novel a happy and mostly satisfying ending. But, large portions of the book are wordy and boring, which I think create a barrier for many readers.

    This book feels like a labor of love by these authors toward Clarke's work, and it's great that they did that. But this isn't going to be remembered as one of the landmarks of the genre by any stretch of the imagination.

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    Brux 09-01-16
    Brux 09-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic SciFi Made Contemporary"

    Wow! Baxter and Reynolds take a classic short story by Arthur C Clark and make it fit in the contemporary SciFi cannon.
    While details of the original story forced this book into an alternate history, it's a believable one that imagines what our future would be like if we had pursued the 1960s space program instead of computing.
    Turning a decent short story into a century spanning space drama (not sure if this is a space opera) is a testament to the authors' skill. Plus the morality play (robots v humans v mysterious aliens who want peace) at the end felt very reminiscent of classic SciFi. It's something you don't find in a lot of contemporary writing. The conclusion is satisfying and though provoking.

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-05-17
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Intriguing follow-on to an Arthur C Clarke short"

    The Medusa Chronicles, a joint effort by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter is a follow-on story to a 1971 Arthur C Clarke short (A Meeting with Medusa) that originally appeared in a magazine (Playboy) and as such may not have enjoyed wide distribution. Howard Falcon, the main character from the Clarke short who is a cyborg, serves as a witness and participant in the passage of time within the solar system, chronicling the conquest of the planets and asteroids, the discovery of alien life, and the emergence of machine intelligence, along with political and societal upheaval. Always the mediator, go between, and negotiator, Falcon plays in central role in nearly every significant event in Earth's future history.

    The sci-fi elements are a mix of rudimentary space travel, alien lifeforms within a gas giant, and the rise of machine intelligence. Perhaps more fascinating than the science fiction and the story plot is the gradual transition in presentation from the more classic sci-fi of Clarke's era to a more contemporary style as displayed by the authors' other works, leading to a progression towards a more complex, nuanced and engaging tale as the story evolves. In the end, Falcon has a Forrest Gump quality that places him squarely in the middle of every significant turning point for humanity and the other forms of life and intelligences that come to inhabit the solar system eventually becoming a type of ambassador for the whatever come next.

    The narration is nicely done with a good range of voices, including the non-human entities that comprise a large set of the major players.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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