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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves (edition 2016)

by Neal Stephenson (Author)

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Authors:Neal Stephenson (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2016), Edition: Reprint, 880 pages
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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    Schismatrix Plus (Complete Shapers-Mechanists Universe) by Bruce Sterling (szarka)
    szarka: Seveneves and Sterling's Shapers-Mechanists stories are both concerned with what happens to humanity over long spans of time.
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    Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (JGolomb)
    JGolomb: Earth looks to space to save humankind. Seveneves is much better.
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    BeckyJG: Both are narratives with a big, optimistic vision of the future of humanity.
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    JGolomb: While not fantasy, Stephenson's work does an amazing job of building Middle-Earth-like mythology.

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A - J read.Skipped Part 3.
  beckydj | Mar 22, 2017 |
Good concept, flowed fairly well, however i got the impression that at times the desire to have scientific content detracted from the narrative.
It became very confusing and would need an engineering degree at the least to understand in parts. ( )
  OwenRochester | Mar 22, 2017 |
At first I was intrigued. The story and premise and characters were all working for me. Then it slowly fell apart. I ended up skipping huge pieces of text because they were just wordy, technical infodumps. I started losing interest but kept struggling through. Then, despite all that exposition, plot points and scenes seemed to come out of nowhere, the characters became suddenly flat, and everything that I pushed through to fund wasn't there. I did not enjoy battling with...I mean "reading" this book at all. ( )
  meaghangray | Feb 26, 2017 |
‘Seveneves’ is a massive brick of a novel. Stephenson begins with a bang, destroying the moon in the opening sentence ‘for no apparent reason’. Hand of God, or cosmic accident it matters little. If you had a bad feeling about that cosmic accident, you were correct, and a Hard Rain is surely gonna fall.

The first third is concerned with ‘the End of the World’ what the human race might do if faced with the certainty of annihilation. The International Space Station is to be a life-raft, and a miniscule fraction of humanity will shelter whilst the remnants of the moon obliterates 7 billion souls.

After 704 seconds of reflection for the passing of the human race, the survivors set about consolidation, turning mere survival into a platform for rebuilding, whilst responding to the inevitable setbacks, infighting and winnowing that the precarious tread of humanity must rest. The political infighting which was for the most part absent from the first third of the story, is a key element in the near catastrophe of the climax to this chapter.

The concluding stanza, set 5000 years in the future, is more speculative, imagining the society and culture which arises as a result of the events which close the 2nd chapter, whilst springing its own surprises.

The book is brimming with hard science fiction ideas, all of which are handily extrapolated from existing technology. The presentation is not without lengthy infodumps, which sometimes interrupt the narrative, though not significantly so until the overlong setup and gaze in awe of the orbital cities built on the ruins of the moon, and the transport systems used to access them in the setup for Part three. It recalls the interminable slow pan technoporn of the Enterprise resting in Space Dock in ‘Star Trek-The Motionless Picture’. The story does lurch back into gear though, but after about 100 pages and cruises to a satisfying conclusion in the vacant but still disputed landscapes of a re-terraformed earth.

This is a story about how events effect people, and as a consequence, the characters are drawn in broad brushes, with minimal exploration. There are few truly 3 dimensional protagonists, the majority of the cast having to be content with being of cardboard, or indeed a single note. They do serve their intended purpose in pushing the plot along. It is that type of story, where the objects and their interactions are the nub of the matter. A worthy and enjoyable read.

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  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
5,000 years from now, the human race thrives with 7 different races, 3 billion strong. They embark on a journey into the unknown, only to end up on planet Earth.

After a catastrophic event renders the earth uninhabitable, humanity is reduced to a handful of survivors in space. How can seven lone women repopulate the species?
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 2, 2017 |
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To Jaime, Maria, Marco, and Jeff
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The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. The time was 05:03:12 UTC. Later it would be designated…simply Zero.
But Henry wasn't a parent, and he didn't understand that when you were, almost nothing was more satisfying than seeing your kid sleep.
She then called a meeting of the entire human race: Dinah, Ivy, Moira, Tekla, Julia, Aïda, Camila, and Luisa.
Smiling, Aïda thrust her hand out, thumb down.
“I pronounce a curse,” she said. Luisa let out an exasperated sigh. “This is not a curse that I create. It is not a curse on your children. No. I have never been as bad as you all think that I am. This is a curse that you have created, by doing this thing that you are about to do. And it is a curse upon my children. Because I know. I see how it is to be. I am the evil one. The cannibal. The one who would not go along. My children, no matter what decision I make, will forever be different from your children. Because make no mistake. What you have decided to do is to create new races. Seven new races. They will be separate and distinct forever, as much as you, Moira, are from Ivy. They will never merge into a single human race again, because that is not the way of humanity. Thousands of years from now, the descendants of you six will look at my descendants and say, ‘Ah, look, there is a child of Aïda, the cannibal, the evil one, the cursed one.’ They will cross the street to avoid my children; they will spit on the ground. This is the thing that you have done by making this decision. I will shape my child—my children, for I shall have many—to bear up under this curse. To survive it. And to prevail.” Aïda swept her gaze around the room, staring with her deep black eyes into the face of each of the other women in turn, then looked into the window and locked eyes with Dinah.
“I pronounce it,” she said, then slowly rotated her hand until her thumb was pointed up.
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An exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
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Moon in seven parts
Destroys all life on the Earth
But man will survive

A seven-piece moon
A bombardment of the Earth
Humans must survive

The Moon is destroyed
Humans escape to cold Space
From Seven, many

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