Learning the World: A Novel of First Contact - Ken MacLeod Reviews
Description:ISBN 1841493449 / Author: Ken Macleod / Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / The great sunliner 'But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky!' is nearing the end ... more
Learning the World: A Novel of First Contact - Ken MacLeod ... of a four-hundred-year journey. A ship-born generation is tense with expectation for the new system that is to be their home. Expecting to find nothing more complex than bacteria and algae, the detection of electronic signals from one of the planets comes as a shock. In millennia of slow expansion, humanity has never encountered aliens, and yet these new signals cannot be ignored. They suspect a fast robot probe has overtaken them, and send probes of their own to investigate. On a world called Ground, whose inhabitants are struggling into the age of radio, petroleum and powered flight, a young astronomer searching for distant planets detects an anomaly that he presumes must be a comet. His friend, a brilliant foreign physicist, calculates the orbit, only to discover an anomaly of his own. The comet is slowing down ...
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by - written on 30/10/07 (Very useful, 68 readings)
Ever since H G Wells wrote War of the Worlds and described the Martians ruthlessly zapping the Home Counties, we've seen countless visions of how we might react to learning we're not alone in the universe. From government cover-ups and conspiracies to all-out interplanetary war, aliens coming to visit is a science-fiction staple. In Ken MacLeod's "Learning the World", however, humanity has a long way to go before meeting new life. MacLeod suggests a universe so vast that humans conquer space travel and colonise vast numbers of star systems before finally encountering intelligent life. In this novel, we are the invaders. And most of the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/08/06, updated on 12/08/06 (Very useful, 97 readings)
"Learning the World" is a tale of space exploration told from the points of view of a number of protagonists in the distant future of humanity. As the space exploration (generation) ship "But the sky, my lady! The sky!" nears its destination after hundreds of years of travel, the inhabitants start to get excited about the prospect of being able to colonise the system. Sending out probes to gather information on likely sources of raw materials, the ship's inhabitants are shocked to discover that one of the main planets in the system, known locally as 'Ground', is populated by intelligent beings that are a little advanced, ... Read the complete review
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