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Bridge of Ashes by Roger Zelazny

Bridge of Ashes (original 1976; edition 1989)

by Roger Zelazny

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Title:Bridge of Ashes
Authors:Roger Zelazny
Info:New American Library (1989), Paperback
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Bridge of Ashes by Roger Zelazny (1976)



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Zelazny's sci-fi is like no one else's - very personal, always thought provoking. Man struggles to outwit the extraterrestrial masters who have laid claim to Earth. For 1976, Zelazny is prescient: “'The wealthy, powerful nations owe their power, their wealth, their standards of existence, to the sort of exploitation the others are now being called upon to forgo - and the call comes just at the point when those others are approaching a position where they can indulge in the same sorts of enterprise and reap similar benefits.'” ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Dennis Guise is the most powerful telepath on the planet, so powerful, in fact, that his mind is constantly overwhelmed by other personalities. This leaves Dennis the individual in an almost catatonic state, except for when he is channelling other people. After an episode in which he becomes attached to/embodies an environmental terrorist, Dennis' parents send him to the moon, believing that the isolation will help him. But even far removed from planet Earth, Dennis continues to channel powerful identities, his telepathic powers stretching through time as well as space to fill his mind with the presence of Leonardo da Vinci and the Marquis de Condorcet. Dennis eventually asserts his own personality so that he can act as something of a switchboard operator for this multitude of voices in his head. He must use these powerful, intelligent and passionate personalities to convince a race of aliens, who have been manipulating human beings since the beginning, that humanity is worthy of survival. Interesting read, but with an abrupt ending. ( )
  catfantastic | Sep 6, 2010 |
Another blend of fantasy & SF. A futuristic world where space travel & psi talent are both commonplace. When a boy is born with a gift of telepathy that is so powerful that it becomes a curse - even moving him to the moon isn't the answer. He taps into too many minds, including one that is extremely unique mind that belongs to a man who knows how we were created & why we are here. Our societal problems are explained & time seems to wrap. Tightly written in a broken series of mental flashes & a variety of scenes, told from several points of view that carry a sense of discovery to the reader that a straight narration wouldn't have done. Very well done, as usual & expected. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
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