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The Forge of God (1987)

by Greg Bear

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The novel features scenes and events including the discovery of an alien in the desert, who clearly says in English, "I'm sorry, but there is bad news," and this alien's subsequent interrogation and autopsy; the discovery of an artificial geological formation and its subsequent nuclear destruction by a desperate military; and the Earth's eventual destruction by the mutual annihilation of a piece of neutronium and a piece of antineutronium dropped into Earth's core.

There is another alien faction at work, however, represented on Earth by small spider-like robots that recruit human agents through some form of mind control. They frantically collect all the human data, biological records, tissue samples, seeds, and DNA from the biosphere that they can, and evacuate a handful of people from Earth. In space, this faction's machines combat and eventually destroy the attackers, though not before Earth's fate is sealed. The evacuees eventually settle a newly terraformed Mars while some form the crew of a Ship of the Law to hunt down the home world of the killers, a quest described in the sequel, Anvil of Stars
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Greg Bear outdid himself with The Forge of God. It is an excellent story, a page turner that is exceptionally well characterized. I can even see it as a movie with incredible special effects. This is classical science fiction at its best. In my 80 years I have read a lot of science fiction but this book stands near the top of my list of the best. ( )
  rondoctor | Jun 26, 2015 |
This is not science fiction that falls into the "Big Ideas" category, but rather into the "threat from space thriller" category. I didn't find the characters all-that-well developed, but in thrillers one rarely does. The important thing with a thriller is whether the author keeps one turning the pages, and Bear certainly did that for me. He's especially good with his end-of-the-world descriptions (told from several perspectives) as the novel climaxes. ( )
  kvrfan | Apr 25, 2015 |
In short, this book is a boring apocalypse.

I wish that I had read this book 15 years ago. Back then I had lower standards. It does a good job of presenting some compelling scientific ideas, like self-replicating space probes and the concept that the earth can be thought of as an organism which will might eventually be spread by humans acting as a sort of seed or spore. Another point in its favor is that this book is at least as scientifically plausible as any other Science-Fiction I've read in the last decade.

However, I didn't much enjoy the book's actual writing. The pace was slow, the action indirect, and the characters dull. The way the author speculated technology would develop (with desktop computers but no cell phones) is occasionally distracting, but quaint. Worst of all the women in this story were emotionally-hyperactive but otherwise flat inert accessories. Even women who were supposed to be brilliant scholars or influential career politicians did nothing except in relation to men. In the author's defense, the men were equally tired cliches. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
Get this from your local library. Earth is attacked by unnamed adversary. Book explores the social consequences of the event. I am planning on reading the next book. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
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Bear brengt voldoende ideeen samen voor een tiental romans: Europa, de zesde maan van Jupiter, verdwijnt zomaar; in Australie duikt een replica op van Ayers Rock, waar robots uitkomen die het begin van Het Millenium aankondigen, in tegenspraak met een onaards wezen dat verkondigt dat de Aarde gedoemd is tot vernietiging door een naderende wereldbouwer. Deze en andere plotgegevens worden samen verwerkt in een SF-roman die de 'hardcore' (hi-tech SF) combineert met verderreikende elementen zoals vragen omtrent het godsbestaan, boete en humanitaire strekkingen. Bear schrijft zowel 'high fantasy' als 'harde' SF, waaronder deze laatste roman kan gerekend worden, maar er zijn teveel personages, teveel verwikkelingen. Een moeilijk boek, dat weet te boeien door de ideeenrijkdom en de bizarre plotwendingen, waarbij Bear de cliches van het genre keurig vermijdt, en dat de meer ervaren SF lezer zeker zal aanspreken.

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The disappearance of one of Jupiter's moons, the appearance of "little green men" in Australia and the American Southwest, and the sudden presence of unidentifiable objects on a collision course inside the Earth's core add up to the inescapable conclusion that the Earth has been invaded by an enemy it cannot fight. Powerfully and gracefully written, the latest novel by the author of Eon and Blood Music stands far above most examples of "doomsday" science fiction. Recommended.
 

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Greg Bearprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gutierrez, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For Alan Brennert, who gave me hell on TV.
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Arthur Gordon stood in the darkness by the bank of the Rogue River, having walked a dozen yards away from his house and family and guests, momentarily weary of company.
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For a moment, and no more, he felt himself slide into a spiritual ditch, a little quiet gutter of despair. To simply give up, give in, open his arms to the darkness, shed all responsibility to country, to wife and son, to himself. To end the game--that was all it was, no? Take his piece from the board, watch the board swept clean, a new game set up. Rest. Oddly, coming out of that gutter, he took encouragement and strength from the thought that if indeed they were going to be swept from the board, he could then rest, and there would be an end. Funny how the mind works.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765301075, Paperback)

On September 28th, a geologist working in Death valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in very well-mapped area.

On October 1st, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago....

Something is happening to Planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to consider....

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One of Jupiter's moons suddenly disappears, and shortly after, a mysterious mound - a disguised spaceship - is found in the Californian desert. Alan Gordon, science advisor to the President feels something terrible is going to happen.

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