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Sex anyone? Those brawny warriors of the gridiron would have been better served hitting the books instead of catching footballs or hitting baseballs or smacking pucks or launching basketballs at small round hoops.
Those skills, once lauded, are now obsolete. Same goes for those preening pretty girls who may have only aspired to make themselves more beautiful. They, too, will need much more than long eyelashes and long legs to see that their offspring be part of the future of humanity. Overnight, the human race will be reduced from seven billion down to a few thousand.
Every country is asked to select their best and brightest young people and send them for training. Of course, only a fraction of those will be selected to go into space. Understandably, things get wiggy. How do you do that?
What's the best way to calm down a scared kid, get them to go back to sleep? Tell them a story. Some shit about Jesus or whatever. People, for once, become too busy to really think about politics. They are too intent on the Herculean effort of building a larger space station and also figuring out how to anchor an asteroid on one side as a protective shield from bolides.
Two years is not enough time to get things right. It is only enough time to give humanity a chance.
In the belt between the tropics, where most of the Hard Rain was falling, it glowed orange. They battle food and water shortages think about drinking melted ice five billion years old. Humanity gets shaved down to the barebones.
For the last part of the book, Stephenson flashes us forward five thousand years when the earth is returning to a more habitable form. You will be relieved to know that humanity does survive, though it has evolved and devolved from where we were before the Hard Rain. Who owns the Earth now? This is an epic, post-apocalyptic book made more scary because there is no place in the shattered remains of humanity for people like me.
I was handling a booth for Roy P. Jensen, a remainder book company I was working for at the time. I was able to slip over and sit down with him for a while and chat. His mind, not surprising, was razor sharp. He had a way of looking at me like I was streaming computer code that only he could read.
He was built like a slender reed and looked very much like the picture I posted at the beginning of this review. I then met him again much later when he was promoting Quicksilver. He had somehow morphed into a dramatically handsome man still brimming with intensity. He wore his success very well. With each book he writes, he continues to add to an impressive collection of work that will continue to influence science-fiction writing for a long, long time.
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Basically, when you have over pages to work with, you can dedicate hundreds of pages to detailed world-building and still have plenty of time for complex characterizations and a very extensive plot. His infodumps can bring even the most dedicated geeks to their knees, and that is what his die-hard fans are looking for. In Seveneves, the infodumps essentially constitute the first pages. Once we know that the moon has been destroyed and then surface of the Earth will be inundated with meteorites in the first paragraph , Stephenson then decides that the best way to further the story is to describe in painstaking detail every single technological and engineering difficulty that humanity will face.
The amount of research he has done is stupendous, and he clearly admires Neil de Grasse Tyson, who appears in barely fictional form. Instead, we are treated to chapter after chapter dedicated to problems of geosynchronous orbits, propellant limitations, tiny meteor strikes, artificial habitats, etc, etc. For me the first two thirds of the book were really heavy going. As crisis follows crisis, the odds get more and more insurmountable.
There are plenty of fascinating details, but the pace of progress is really slow. With extinction looming, these women must make a momentous decision on how to survive. Their council sets the stage for the creation of seven races of humans that evolve from them. Fast forwarding 5, years, the story finally brings us to the part that I was actually more interested in, the resettling and terraforming of the Earth after the meteorite storm.
And when he does start to describe the new races of humanity, each descended from the original Seveneves, the scenario is well-described and such a contrast to the dire straights of the first two-thirds of the book. Here Stephenson is again in his element, giving us a well-constructed future society with complex interactions. The big problem is that we have already had to slog through pages just to reach this point, and now have only pages left to establish the new far-future scenario and actually incorporate a viable plot that can be wrapped up in that short span.
Unfortunately, just like in The Diamond Age, Stephenson again runs out of pages to deliver a satisfactory storyline after all the world-building. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal who does the first two thirds set right after the moon is destroyed and Will Damron who does the far-future portion.
When we go forward 5, years into the future we also get a new narrator, Will Damron, which is a huge relief both due to the change in storyline and because he does a much better job.
View all 38 comments. Jun 04, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know what all those complainers are going on about. As far as I can see, I just got two novels for the price of one.
Let me back up. I can honestly say that I loved the gigantic erector set that was the first novel, but I will admit that I wa I don't know what all those complainers are going on about. I can honestly say that I loved the gigantic erector set that was the first novel, but I will admit that I wasn't head over heels in love with most of the characters, and the few that I really liked were at least two dimensional.
This isn't a condemnation. A lot had to be covered to get us from a happyish world, through a blown-up moon, to a mad scramble to survive before the earth gets fireballed by our ex-moon.
That means the International Space Station needs one hell of an upgrade.
A lot happens, and it's tragic and heroic and beautiful. I've read a lot worse hard sf, and when I say it, it's not a condemnation, either. Hard sf is a lifestyle choice. It's hard to do and successfully pull off a great story with great characters against, say, any other novel that doesn't care about consistency and scrupulous attention to detail.
Stephenson pulls it off, and I'm not just touting him because I'm a lifelong fan of his writings. I'm saying the novel is solid. Now on to the second novel. A lot of people have a problem with this one, going, "What the fuck? This is where we stop being grounded and we let our imaginations fly. A lot can and will happen in years from the last hurrah of the plausible and likely end of humanity. So I see another tradition being followed, one I like even more than the strict master of hard sf.
I immediately got sucked into the imagery, the action, the curiosity, the mystery, and the unfolding of a brand new Earth. I don't need to bring up all the greats who have done hopeful and optimistic futures, although I will if anyone asks, but Mr.
Stephenson has served up a beauty. So much is bright and colorful about it, and I'm including the different human races, the flying, the landscape, and the revelations about what the people find down there. No spoilers, but suffice to say there's always a way to bring conflict in, even though the future is hopeful. It's all about survival, rebuilding and restoring, genetic engineering, massive scale engineering, and the supremely toned-down idea that love endures.
It was very touching. All right. I'll mention Brin. It reminds me of the best of Brin.
So that brings me back to the main question: Should these two novels be considered one? There's obviously ties throughout the second one, but I'll be honest with you, they could have been added long after the fact, just so the second novel could see print.
That's a very negative way to view it, in my opinion, because I happened to love it for what it was. Is it a sign of the times that old-style adventure novels set in the deep future can't get published any longer? I hope not. I'd love to see more, assuming the stories still kick ass.
But to answer my own question Yes and No. The first novel could easily have turned into an ultimate bummer. The second novel could stand on its own. Left to itself, the first novel would have absolutely needed some sort of machinery of god or perhaps the triumphant return of the assholes who had raced to Mars.
It would have needed something, anyway, to satisfy the readers. We aren't reading traditional fiction. It wasn't a character study.
Can you imagine, or do you remember when Hyperion came out and you got to the end and went, "Huh? It's the same deal, although, I'll be honest, Hyperion is still better than this novel. If you peeps haven't read it, then do so. It's still very high praise to be compared to it, even in a lesser capacity. Of course, Neal Stephenson has a whole catalog of some of my absolute favorite reading list, so I'm amazingly biased here.
Was this novel good? You betcha. Did it surprise? Do I recommend? Yes, for fans of the SFF genre with keen eyes and adjustable expectations. I might have gone hog-wild all over this novel as the biggest contender for the Hugo, otherwise, but that might also have something to do with how much of a fanboy I am for the author. Unfortunately, this is isn't my first or even second choice for the Hugo winner for this year. Good promise, but the pacing was off. View all 56 comments.
Aug 23, Rick Urban rated it it was ok. Neal Stephenson To: I've decided to call it "Seveneves", which is a palindrome. In case you didn't know, a "palindrome" is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward or forward. Allowances may be made for adjustments to capital letters, punctuation, and word dividers. By the way, punctuation prior to the development of printing, was light and haphazard.
William Caxton From: William Caxton , the first printer of books in English, used three punctuation marks: Anyway, the idea for "Seveneves" came to me when I wondered to myself, "What would happen if the world were ending? The oceanic crust of the sheet is different from its continental crust. The oceanic crust is 5 km 3 mi to 10 km 6 mi thick and is composed primarily of basalt, diabase, and gabbro, gabbro of course being a dark, coarse-grained plutonic rock of crystalline texture, consisting mainly of pyroxene, plagioclase feldspar, and often olivine.
One of the main characters will be a thinly disguised Neil deGrasse Tyson, and I'll throw in a guy who is suspiciously similar to Elon Musk just to keep things fresh.
Elon Musk, you'll remember, is a South African-born, Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor.
Musk has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion. That whole area interests me greatly, by the way, and so I think I'm going to focus a lot on orbital mechanics when I get to the part where the survivors colonize space, because really, who cares about the billions of people that will end up fried to a crisp back on planet Earth?
I mean, where is the drama in that when we've got bolide trajectory calculations and solar radiation calculations and theories about the feasibility of various throws and holds of Greco-Roman wrestling in zero-gravity?
It was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in and has been included in every edition of the summer Olympics held since Oh, and there will be a super big comet shard that comes into play, because they'll need the water from that shard to be heated and the steam used as propulsion to move the space station and its adjoining linked spacecrafts containing the Earth's remaining population into a higher orbit so that the survivors don't get pulled back into the Earth's gravity and have a chance at living off the planet for several thousand years until the Earth is ready to be repopulated.
There will be plenty of super-detailed descriptions of all of this stuff for many hundreds of pages in the book, so don't worry if you've missed something or it's unclear. It is the inference from the truth of "A implies B" the truth of "Not-B implies not-A", and conversely.
Furthermore, I'd propose that it is very closely related to the rule of inference "modus tollens". But I do throw in something kinda funny around page Rococo artists and architects used a more jocular, florid, and graceful approach to the Baroque accumulation of facts and descriptions more digestible and relatable to someone who is not either a post-doctoral MIT graduate or an individual somewhere on the autism spectrum, I'm gonna throw a curve at the reader by starting the third section of the book with "Five Thousand Years Later".
I can just imagine my readers hugging themselves with delight at this audacious leap forward. I don't want to go into detail about the final third of the book, so let's just say that it will provide users with a complicated description of the architectural engineering involved in housing 3 billion people in space, as well as the anthropological, genetic and cultural ramifications of humans living in space for thousands of years, all while keeping the interior lives of these people at a far remove, so that my readers don't get bogged down in all that interpersonal and emotional complexity.
If I can just say in closing, "heterozygosity" is super-important to the themes I'm trying to grapple with in what I consider to be a fairly streamlined and gripping, fast-paced thriller. Remember, a diploid organism is heterozygous at a gene locus when its cells contain two different alleles of a gene.
The cell or organism is called a heterozygote specifically for the allele in question, therefore, heterozygosity refers to a specific genotype.
I should have the first draft of this book ready for your perusal sometime in the next few years or so, so please book me into a meeting with the art department sometime around then.
I look forward to working with you to make this next book a huge success. Your truly, Neal P. I cannot stress enough the importance of "heterozygosity" to the narrative. Oh, and "bolides". Look it up. View all 40 comments. Aug 16, Susan May rated it it was ok Shelves: Official announcement: I've decided he's a bore.
I'm sure there are thousands who will love him for who he is. He put on a silly hat, got me some flowers, but it wasn't enough to entice me to continue with him until the end. I'm sorry, Seveneves, I told Official announcement: I'm sorry, Seveneves, I told you going in, either show me a good time or I will move on. No hard feelings Seveneves, you just gotta lighten up. It wasn't you, it was me! Here is my parting photo for those who have enjoyed the journey on this thread, which included photos of Seveneves as he shared my life for a short time.
The Review It was long, over-technical, and I couldn't finish it. At pages with still odd to go, I'd been skimming for about previous pages, I gave up. There are too many great books waiting for me. I just felt the whole thing got away from the author. Shame, because it could have been great. The publisher should have broken it into 3 separate novels and really focused on getting each one tight with some pace and heart.
The characters are flat. But lots of people seem to have loved it, so obviously it comes down to personal taste. I would just rather be inside the heads of characters instead of being told about things. And I love technical stuff. I'm a science fiction nerd, but make the technical stuff interesting while you tell the story.
Don't sprout it like a brain dump. The thread for this review has been more fun than reading the book. I'm an author, so I don't like being critical of other authors. This book wasn't for me, but it might be for those who like loads of technical science stuff and aren't so much into characters and action.
I just figure when you're in space and you're destroying planet Earth, why not go for it. So don't be put off by my thoughts. However, if you agree with a lot of my reviews then this won't be the book for you I don't think. View all 91 comments. I knew I was going to hate this novel around page when Mr Stephenson, technocrat extraordinaire, decided to spend a page complaining about modern gender theory and "academic leftists" who were wasting time and energy.
I had already been put off by the jingoistic libertarian nonsense promulgated through a lot of science fiction and given centre stage in this novel, but this anti-humanities screed was the last straw.
It's not just that it's intellectually lazy it is, though, full of strawmen I knew I was going to hate this novel around page when Mr Stephenson, technocrat extraordinaire, decided to spend a page complaining about modern gender theory and "academic leftists" who were wasting time and energy.
It's not just that it's intellectually lazy it is, though, full of strawmen or that it's politically objectionable Stephenson has his heart in the right place. The problem is that it's a propos of nothing. The questionable section is added not as characterization but as polemic. Life is too short for lazy strawmen in fiction. If you thought the gun-fetish heavy Reamde was Stephenson's worst, don't bother reading this.
This novel is even more execrable and contains none of the wit or charm of earlier Stephenson. His prose flops around -- short, declarative sentences that even children could read. There is none of Stephenson's artfulness, none of his ability to defamiliarize the recognizable into beautiful metaphors and similes such as when he describes, in Quicksilver, I believe, the stream of urine as the arc of a comet. As a fan of Stephenson, I'm wholly disappointed to have trudged through this dreck, hoping for some sort of revelation that this book was worth it.
Alas, there is none. The plot of the novel, such as it is, is a poor man's Kim Stanley Robinson. You'd be better served to read Red Mars; at least the politics are more complex and nuanced than "government is BAD, you guys! View all 55 comments. DNF I just can't do it anymore. I thought I would give it one more shot tonight, but after reading for 45 minutes and literally having no idea what I just read I think it is time to throw in the towel.
I feel like I should like this book. I love space and dystopian which, I guess this kind of is? And the plot was actually intriguing. I liked many DNF I just can't do it anymore.
I liked many of the characters and was interested to see what would happen to them. But, my god, the unnecessary details. The mind-numbing descriptions.
The inability to actually get to know any of the characters because he described the inanimate objects in minute detail. I was more interested in the people. The author was more interested in describing every square inch of a space station. Then a meteoroid. Then a comet. I want to give this book the benefit of the doubt. Maybe if I wasn't so busy with work and school and had more time to read I would have enjoyed it more.
Maybe if I hadn't taken almost a month to read just under half of it I would have noticed the details less and the plot would have moved along better. Maybe if I had it in hardcover I would have been encouraged by the satisfaction of pages moving from the right to the left.
Then again, maybe not. View all 29 comments. The first sentence sets the scene pretty well: The moon blew up with no warning and for no apparent reason. And keep falling. Not the best news then. All of this is covered very early on and the first two thirds of the book is devoted to how the human race but mainly the Americans respond to this news. In fact, the human reaction appears to be a very co-ordinated, highly organised and a largely matter-of-fact acceptance of their collective fate.
This side of it dealt with, Stephenson retreats into what he really wants to talk about: Exploring the idea of a Space Ark as a way of sustaining the human race is interesting, and an amount of science is needed to give the tale credibility, but I also wanted to know what was happening back on earth. To me this felt like a different book - the next book. In some ways the feel of this book has similarities to The Martian , though it lacks the same energy and buttock clenching tension.
However, I did still enjoy it and I think true SF aficionados will find less to grouse about than me. View all 16 comments. Stephenson is my KING. Yet another masterwork of epic proportions that still somehow leaves you wanting more.
This is Stephenson turning his eye on the world of hard sf, imagining a complex but totally believable future for a humanity bereft of earth.
In fact at one point I was having a total squee because he's created a world where both the old sf imaginings of the future with their great dumb machines, and the newer sf with its knowledge of computers, come together to form this intriguing visi Stephenson is my KING. In fact at one point I was having a total squee because he's created a world where both the old sf imaginings of the future with their great dumb machines, and the newer sf with its knowledge of computers, come together to form this intriguing vision of the world.
And, for a book that deals with a lot of tech and the annihilation of a lot of the human race this is a book with a lot of heart and a careful focus on the human side of the equation. The characters were interesting and varied, some symapthetic, some heroic, some very literally screamingly awful.
Finally, Stephenson's writing is wonderful; easy to read and yet injected with complex ideas and some lesser known nuggets of vocabulary, I always come out of his books feeling a little bit smarter than when I went in. To conclude: OMFG, read this book. View all 7 comments. View all 4 comments. Jul 11, J. Sutton rated it really liked it. Mankind has two years to prepare for the end of the world. There have been other books with a similar premise, but the devil about how humanity comes together to work out the enormous technological and existential problems of the challenge is in the details.
And the details are important to Stephenson. Critically important! Subjects Fiction Science Fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? Fiction Science Fiction. Publication Details Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks Publication Date: More about Neal Stephenson. Get the sample. A Novel. If you're looking for an intricately researched and thought out vision of a future where humanity must scrape and scramble to plan life beyond an earth devestated by the destruction of the moon then look no further.
Neal Stephenson once again shows the levels of his knowledge by plotting a wholly believable and plausible future, featuring a meticulous level of detail. If you're a fan of hard sci-fi then Seveneves may just be for you. This book had a very engaging premise, but it dragged on - especially in the middle I found myself skipping whole passages.
Maybe it was a bad idea to read this while I was pregnant, it ended up giving me terrible nightmares and really upsetting me. I am disappointed that I can only get partial books with my fire. I honestly thought that downloading the fire would come with a selection of free entire books. Most Stephenson novels are very dense and this one is no different but I was still looking for more when I was finished and that is not usually the case.
Loved the sample, the book not so much. Finished the sample, then bought the book, but even after spending money to download the book, I quickly lost interest. Great premise, but then went off on some tangents that I did not find interesting. I'll give it another try, maybe. See all 54 reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
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