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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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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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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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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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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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A Great Expassion From Simple Beginnings

I love Arrhur C Clarke. I enjoyed his short story , A Meeting With Medusa. I was surprised when I saw two great authors of modern sci-fi, picking up where the short story left off and expanding the literary universe of that short story into this epic saga. As a huge fan of Clarke and his work, I decided to see what Baxter and Reynolds could do with the idea and the character. This book exceeded my expectations! Being VERY familiar with the writing style of Clarke and the majority of his writing, I was pleasantly surprised at how the narrative even felt and flowed like Clarke had written it! Not and easy feat for an author to emulate the style of another and to pull it off with grace and style. Main character starts and is by nature a little flat, but something about the epic sprawl of this saga and the grandiose narrative (spanning decades to centuries) managed to pull me in despite the initial flatness of a half robotic character from a short story. Somehow, the almost comical stoic flatness of main character Falcon grew on me. I began to open up to the John Wayne-like bravado and damn-it-all, do the right thing at all costs attitude of the nearly immortal cyborg. Character failings that bugged me at first and almost felt like warning signs of an under defined character, somehow worked to pull into the character as the absurdity of the ridiculously long timeline and story arch stretched on. Eventually, these things that I saw as character flaws turned into marker points of consistency... Falcon pulls you along for the ride through a saga that could have been easily ruined by cheapness or sentimentality. Instead, it unfolds in unexpected and surprising ways... reaching new depths of insight into the capacity for goodness within the soul of humanity and beyond.

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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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Should have read it instead

An interesting story that took awhile to grip me but when it did, I was hooked. Unfortunately, the narration is distracting: this actor has a lovely voice, but he cannot do American accents to save his life. And there are a lot of American characters in this novel!

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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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Boring. Starts out slow and stays there.

I kept waiting for it to get interesting. I was able to make myself sit thru it. The interludes ug.

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great book

loved it , thought there would be more and it does remind me of another book.