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The Eternity Artifact by L. E. Modesitt

The Eternity Artifact (edition 2006)

by L. E. Modesitt

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Title:The Eternity Artifact
Authors:L. E. Modesitt
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Collections:Stirling Library Borrowed
Tags:Sci-Fi, Alien Artefact, Future War

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Very boring scifi. Modesitt can suck the fun and excitement out of even the most amazing alien tech. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I generally find things to like about Modesitt's novels. Typically his characters are forced to make hard decisions and then live with the consequences of those decisions. Typically he pays attention to economics and how they shape a society and the lives of its citizens. Typically his characters have to deal with their fare share of drudgery and boredom rather than bouncing effortlessly through an unending succession of fantastic adventures. On the other hand, there have been times when in reading his novels it felt to me like he was telling more or less exactly the same story over and over and over.

This one felt different: a bit less rigorous, but quite a bit more fun. That's a tradeoff that I was happy to make. I liked and cared about the characters that I was supposed to like and care about. There were a few basic plot aspects that left me perplexed, but I didn't really care. ( )
  clong | Oct 24, 2015 |
Written from the standpoint of multiple first persons -- Goodman/Bond the armorer tech/spy; Fitzhugh the professor; Barna the artist and Chang the pilot. everything a science fiction book should be --from the discovery of the Danann world to the artifact they discovered, to the various hypothesis postulated and to the space battles. Couldn't help but root for Fitzhugh and Chang to get together in the end as well. ( )
  skraft001 | Apr 18, 2015 |
This is the second time I have read this novel and I liked the first time but I like it better after reading it a second time. Modesitt always offers subtle questions about deep subjects beneath a veneer of dramatic action. This novel is very good. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
I found this book at Goodwill and the front and back cover description enticed me enough to purchase (I've found that for the $1.50 commitment it's worthwhile trying out authors you wouldn't otherwise purchase at $8.00). This is the first book I've read by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. - I've seen some of his fantasy work (the Recluse novels) so I have wanted to try him out. Initially, the story was a bit off-putting as the character viewpoint changes pretty much with every chapter, and one of the characters is a professor who thinks and speaks using the largest words and most complex sentence structure imaginable. I soon got past that and found most of the characters interesting and likable. Also, the plot was interesting (space opera), even with some flaws in the math (there's another review here that gives the book 1/2 star as the reader couldn't get past some of the bad science, so I won't dwell on it).

One thing I've found in my readings is that a book needs to be judged by the overall quality of the story and not the minutiae (not to say that a lot of errors can turn me off as a reader, while this book had problems there wasn't anything in it that bothered me to the point of putting it down). The book could definitely have used more editing - lots of typos (obvious inappropriate word substitution via spelling and grammar checkers) but it seems that this has become the norm in paperback fiction. If one gets too bogged down by inaccuracies, forget about reading SF from previous decades as the further you go back in time of publication, the less accurate the material becomes.

In general, the book was well paced, the characters, setting and plot interesting - all good hallmarks of a good read. I wouldn't say that this book was an intense page turner, but I felt entirely entertained by the finish, and ultimately that's why I read SF. ( )
  johnnyapollo | May 26, 2011 |
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"Love is a delusion; an eternal romanticization of lust perpetuated by oversexed males."

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765353458, Mass Market Paperback)

Five thousand years in the future, humankind has spread across the galaxy and more than a dozen different planetary and system governments exist in an uneasy truce.  Human beings have found no signs of other life anywhere approaching human intelligence. Until scientists discover a sunless planet they name Danann.

Moving at unnaturally high speed, Danann travels the void just beyond the edge of the galaxy. Its continents and oceans have been sculpted and shaped and there is but a single, almost perfectly-preserved megaplex upon the surface--with tens of thousands of near-identical metallic-silver-blue towers set along curved canals. Yet, Danann has been abandoned for so long that even the atmosphere has frozen solid.

Orbital shuttle pilot Jiendra Chang, artist Chendor Barna, and history professor Liam Fitzhugh are recruited by the Comity government and its Deep Space Service as part of an unprecedented and unique expedition to unravel Danann's secrets. And there are forces that will stop at nothing to prevent them, even if it means interstellar war.

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"Five thousand years in the future, humanity has spread across thousands of worlds and has more than a dozen different governments existing in an uneasy truce. For all this expansion, though, human beings have found no signs of other life close to approaching that of human intelligence anywhere." "This changes when scientists discover Danann, a sunless planet traveling the void just beyond the edge of the galaxy at such a high speed that it cannot be natural. It is a world whose continents and oceans have been sculpted and shaped, with but a single megaplex upon it - close to perfectly preserved - with tens of thousands of near-identical metallic-silver-blue towers set along curved canals. Yet Danann has been abandoned for so long that even the atmosphere has frozen solid. The preservation alone hints at a miraculous level of technology. Within a few years, Danann will approach an area of singularities that will make exploration and investigation impossible." "Orbital shuttle pilot Jiendra Chang, artist Chendor Barna, and history professor Liam Fitzhugh are recruited by the Comity government and its Deep Space Service [D.S.S.], along with scores of other experts - predominantly specialists in aspects of hard physical sciences - as part of an unprecedented and unique archaeological expedition in an effort to unravel Danann's secrets. This is the story of their voyage beyond the galactic rim."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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