Review of "THE RESURRECTION OF ANTARCTIC" Jeremy Robinson - Thriller (Via Magna)

Although The Resurrection of Antarctica It is not published in the collection Quantum Via Magna, it is a science fiction book.Resurrection of Antarctica

El argumento que el autor plantea en el libro se basa el análisis de las consecuencias de un movimiento súbito de la corteza terrestre (al margen de la tectónica de placas), que provoca que todos los continentes queden movidos unos 40 grados respecto su posición actual. Así, los nuevos polos están ocupados por EE.UU y Australia, respectivamente, y la Antártida florece con una selva tropical.

Según la hipótesis del autor, éste fenómeno ocurre cada 10.000 años porque la Tierra gira sobre su órbita tambaleándose levemente debido a la acumulación de hielo en los polos, y es el desequilibrio entre el peso del Polo Sur y el del Polo Norte lo que provoca que cada cierto tiempo parte de la corteza se deslice encima del magma sobre el que flota. Esto explica mitos como el Diluvio Universal y un gran número de leyendas parecidas… también el de la Atlántida, aunque el autor no la nombra.

Obviously following the global catastrophe caused by the movement of the earth's crust, a large part of the population has perished beneath the waters that caused the melting of the poles and the world has great difficulty in reaching the millions wounded and displaced they have survived the frost that occurred in areas that are now the poles.

Following such an American custom (and I've never understood), the world decides that Antarctica to claim a race in which there will be three winning teams will be divided this continent is organized. So every country prepares its teams.

Once in Antarctica, teams to various types of risk will face: animals that have revived thanks to the Anhydrobiosis (a kind of liofiliación but allows animals to revive ... I know there are certain agencies that do have this capacity for regeneration ), dinosaurs and finally to biblical demons that the author calls Nephilim.

Since Jeremy Robinson (author) is scriptwriter, the whole book has pace and is very well told. If something sins, is that at times we seem to be in the chapter of a TV series.

One issue that yes I liked is how the author mixes crustal movements and the whole issue of the cycles of 10,000 years, with the map Piri Reis (An Ottoman map based on another map 1,500 years prior to Columbus in which the coasts of America and Antarctica appear). Jeremy Robinson makes the characters will appear mapped finding areas on this map and this gives an additional interest to the story.

One thing that strikes the author is the extreme religiosity of one of the protagonists ... it's almost as if we were reading science fiction Orson Scott Card ... although in the book's foreword, the author confesses that is Christian and prepares us for what We await us during reading.

However, the book reads well and is fun. Hooked from the first chapter and is one of those that if I get to catch during August, I would have read it in one fell swoop, regardless of the number of hours it took to spend. As it has been the case and apart from work in the office I had to teach, I used 4 days ... but I recognize that there have been times when I have heard bad having to leave the book for another quiet time.

Looking image to illustrate this blog post I found this video presentation ... not surprise me that the book ends in film ... the trailer for presentation have carefully worked.

More information about the Anhydrobiosis: anhydrobiosis
Information on Piri Reis map: Piri Reis Map

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Review of "ATLANTIS: A short history of a Platonic myth" by Pierre Vidal-Naquet - Ediciones Akal

Unlike the books I've been writing reviews, Atlantis: A short history of a Platonic myth It is not a book of science fiction. This is an essay written by Pierre Vidal-Naquet walking and analyzes the emergence of the myth of Atlantis in the Western world literature.Atlantis Pierre Vidal-Naquet

The book begins with Plato in 355 B.C. when Atlantis appointment and described both his work Timeo like in Critias. The author comes to our present time, via Rome, the Renaissance, for the works of Jules Verne, and even our Mn. Cinto Verdaguer which speaks of Atlantis in his eponymous poem.

Among other issues, also it analyzes how the Hitler era Germans take over the item and include it in their mythology, becoming the Aryan race, the race of the descendants of the Atlanteans. From this premise part of the argument of many science fiction books I've been chronicling in this blog.

After analyzing all available information about Atlantis, the opinion of Pierre Vidal-Naquet is that the myth of Atlantis was literally "invented" by Plato as a metaphor to illustrate an imaginary and utopian Athens, and that eventually the myth and history are mixed giving rise to numerous speculations about the origin of this lost continent, the descendants of the Atlanteans and the evolution of language and the Atlantean culture.

In the book, the author uses to include many interesting antique prints with maps of possible sites of Atlantis that have been published over the last 2000 years.

In general, a scholarly book, with lots of footnotes page (sometimes the note occupies almost the entire page) but we read with little effort to the minimum that a certain interest in the subject is taken. 100% recommended if you want to know more about Atlantis.

Review of "THE LAST DAY OF CREATION" by Wolfgang Jeschke - Quantum

The Last Day of Creation It is a book that really worth reading: it is entertaining, with an original plot, it gives a different view of Atlantis and is pure science fiction of time travel.The last day of creation, W. Jeschke

As it relates to the author, as the title of this post, it is Wolfgang Jeschke, A German author recognized internationally, but I confess I did not know and therefore had not read anything from them before. I'll have to remedy this.

The book begins narrating different episodes that are extraneous objects near the Mediterranean, although seem to come from a very distant past, are made of materials that have been around for little, or in some cases, which have not yet been made up.

It also explains how some of these anachronistic objects end up being revered as relics by the Christian tradition.

A second part of the book takes place during the decade of the 80s of the twentieth century (moment in which was written the first edition of this book) where we have the NASA and the US Navy have just discovered that it is possible to travel to the past.

The third part of the narrative is set in the distant past in which only Homo sapiens sapiens are those who have reached the future ... but not only those of our timeline.

With reference to Atlantis (I'm dedicating myself to read books that talking about it), located in Bermuda and is a refuge where men who have traveled to the past and have been stranded in time refuge. In this way it explains both the strange phenomena that were so popular last century in Bermuda, as well as the origin of the legend of Atlantis. The explanation is quite convincing.

The book reads well and hooks, so in three or four days with some free time, can be read.
There are only a couple of negative things ... and are not the fault of the author, but I fear it is the work of the translator:

  1. In several chapters of the book talking about the theory of Tectonic plates and instead of writing "tectonics"The book states"Teutonic"But not once (that could be considered a typo) does several times, in different places and with variations of the word. So as the author is German and the plates are "Teutonic"When the book states that"there are strong tectonic movements in the border area of ​​the Mediterranean basin"Gives a little laugh to imagine a whole group of Germans moving through the Mediterranean and modeling the relief.
  2. The other is in vocabulary ... the author refers several times to a lateen sail boat sailing the Mediterranean. The captain indicated that at different times during sleep or rest should "tie the oar". The author is referring to the tiller, Which lateen boats is rather like an oar, but not a paddle is a "cane". I do not know what should write in German author ...

These two stories do not remove the book is 100% recommended and worth reading and spend a long time thinking about paradoxes, anachronisms and in different time lines.

Review of "THE SECRET OF ATLANTIS" by Clive Cussler - Pocket Ed.

Following the books about Atlantis, today I dedicate this review to "The Secret of Atlantis", a book written by Clive Cussler, author of numerous best sellers.el-secreto-de-la-atlantida

Por norma general, sólo compro este tipo de libro (el best seller de bolsillo), cuando en verano me quedo sin literatura y tengo que acudir a un Caprabo a comprar algún libro. Con éste libro hice una excepción y lo compré con nocturnidad (era tarde) y alevosía (lo hice adrede aunque no a traición, ya que lo compré en mi librería de siempre). La cuestión es que estaba mirando qué nuevos libros de Ciencia Ficción habían salido y vi este libro en una de las mesas en las que se colocan los libros destacados… y puesto que el 2008 es mi “año Atlántida”, lo compré.

The book is not bad, as all of Clive Cussler, reads well, get hooked and you keep attention on the book.

At the level of Atlantis, not an innovation compared to other books I've read on the subject. In this case, the book is based on descriptions of Plato and places Atlantis in the Atlantic, but indicated that continental drift has led to the South Pole.

The plot is based on the premise that the Nazis found Atlantis at the South Pole and established a base there, which has lasted until today. New Atlanteans, besides Nazis are clones, prepare the icing pole to cause the death of other humans as they shelter in giant ships. The protagonists have a mission to thwart these plans.

It explained so may not seem an attractive plot, but the truth is that it is. So as summer book is fine. As a book to think and reflect, better find another.