Posts

Review of "Indra's Net" by Juan Miguel Aguilera - Ed Alamut

Indra's netIndra's Net It is a book of science fiction of what might be called the subgenre of the "books of travel in time" with a mixture of "parallel universes" and "military campaign". The book engages fairly and read at a time.

The story tells the adventures of a mature professor of physics who has led an intense life, including two divorces and his participation in the Strategic Defense Initiative during the Cold War. Now he prepares to face the part which is more sedate of his career.

Obviously, circumstances force her to devote himself to have to help one of their ex-husbands, a colonel in the United States Department of Defense, which leads her and her assistant, to investigate a perfect geode two kilometers in diameter found in the basement of Canada, for which geologists find no rational explanation and that everything points to have an extraterrestrial origin.

At one point our heroes enter the pocket and this causes an unexpected twist of the story, which takes us to worlds inhabited by intelligent non-human species and to know the existence of beings who live outside of time. To this is added a terminal illness by the protagonist, a traitor in the team and various military topics.

Its author, Juan Miguel Aguilera, It presents characters with depth, consistent with the past and with a well worked psychological profile. Non-human civilizations that creates are interesting and generally wish to know more about them.

The book ends the story of the pocket, but leaves the actors stranded in one of the worlds they have visited ... I do not know if there will be a second part ... I would not mind reading it.

Review of "THE SOLAR NAVIGATOR" by David Brin - Ed Folio SF.

SundiverThis review should be called Review of "Until the Heart of the Sun: the cycle of elevation I" from David Brin, Because I had to buy in Paris when I lost my lack of foresight reading. Luckily, on the Champs Elysees Virgin have a good science fiction section and found this book I had not read (or if you've read, I do not remember having done so).

I have a little mental mess with him if I had read it or not, because I have not read strange because I thought I had read all the books Elevation cycle (Plus many other books by this author, among which is The postman [That of the homonymous film directed and carried by Kevin Costner] and a prequel The foundation de Asimov) pero al leer la contraportada de éste me di cuenta de que no lo había leído. Y al leerlo entero, creo positivamente que no lo había leído. Por otra parte, podría consultar mi biblioteca, pero resulta que estos libros que fueron escritos hace tanto tiempo (este es de 1980 y supongo que si lo leí, lo habría hecho sobre 1988-90) los tengo en el fondo de la biblioteca y no alcanzo a verlos si no saco un par de niveles que tengo superpuestos a estos. En fin… un drama. Cuando sea rica tendré una biblioteca enorme que me permita leer los lomos de todos los libros. O eso… o digitalizo todo lo que tengo ahora. En parte, el posible olvido y la falta de facilidades para la consulta fue lo que me motivó a escribir estas reseñas en el blog. Al menos ahora estoy segura de recordar lo que he leído estos dos últimos años.

But ... we go to the book review of Brin.

Like all books Elevation cycle based on the premise that humans have contact with other races of the universe, but it seems that none of these races has reached the stars without the help of a guide race that has helped her rise.

In the case of humans, it seems that no one helped us rise ... or someone helped us, but for unknown reasons abandoned us to our fate. This causes both on Earth and beyond, there factions are in favor of a thesis and factions are in favor of the other, which causes some friction between humans, and between humans and aliens.

The civil organization of our world is curious to say the least and Brin describes it in detail.

Despite being "orphaned" humans are respected by the other races of the universe because in turn have raised two landraces: dolphins and chimpanzees.

In this particular book, they show signs of a race of strange beings half average power field, living in the sun. So an expedition was organized to our sun king to try to establish contact with this race and discover, eventually, if it is or is not who gave us a hand in raising.

The characters are endearing and have depth. Aliens from the high races are very curious and description of their societies lends itself to dream to see them sometime. Also the description of solar ship and the technology used to avoid being burned (stasis field generator amending spacetime outside deck of the ship) is detailed and interesting.

The book is highly recommendable, and whether they had read or not, I'm happy having spent a few days of my vacation.

Review of "REAL TIME THROUGH" by Vernor Vinge - Icarus Ed.

"Through the Real Time" an entertaining book that raises a good story, even though it actually three books written at different times is.

The book presents us with time travel, but only forward, using a technology that allows the creation of bubbles enclosed in a kind of ecstasy all that is left inside, getting no time passes for those who are locked inside.

The book extends over millions of years and narrates the history of mankind.

The frame is divided into two parts. The first, places the reader in the near future in which humanity is recovering after a nuclear disaster caused by a world war. This part is fun and is pure literature "steampunk".

The second part is more Science Fiction of all life (to speak) and explains how humanity's future, in the distant future ... although most are not human because something has happened in the XXIII century and have only left the humans who for one reason or another were emburbujados.

The book presents a future society in which humans must live in different times and access to different types of technology (depending on the time they were emburbujados), and consequently with different social models. The main task of this society is to perpetuate the human species, even though the few hundred copies of remaining humans.

To encourage a bit more plot, the author includes a murder, a police century and to some alien.

100% recommendable.

Review of "ODYSSEY" Jack McDevitt - La Factoria de Ideas

ODISEA, Jack McDevitt - La Factoria de Ideas"Odyssey" It is part of the series The God Machine And you can see it. The first quarter of the book is only in a position to put the reader and makes you wonder more than once if you've not made a mistake and you've already read this book.

Another quarter of the book is dedicated to budgetary policy and to give an opinion on the marketing and very simple and primary public relations, which could have done without quietly.

Some of the characters are the same as Omega, Chindi Y Deepsix, aunque más maduros ya que ha pasado el tiempo. En esta ocasión tienen que conocer la verdad sobre “los jinetes lunares”, unas naves espaciales que aparecen cerca de sistemas cercanos a la Tierra y que amenazan algunas de las construcciones humanas fuera del planeta, entre las que se encuentra un colisionador de partículas construido en la órbita de un planeta fuera del Sistema Solar (obviamente, disponen de tecnología que les permite viajar a través del hiperespacio y por lo tanto, situarse en cualquier parte de la galaxia en tiempos razonables)… como en la mayor parte de las obras de esta serie, el libro se termina sin que quede claro quiénes son los visitantes de otro mundo.

A part that is interesting is that talks about space tourism and balance between research budgets and sources of income derived from space tourism.

The book goes well, but not of hitching.