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The Harvest by Robert Charles Wilson

The Harvest (1992)

by Robert Charles Wilson

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This book was more about the human condition, than science fiction, per se. That being said, it's another wonderful example of the brilliance that Wilson brings to bear in the majority of his works.

A strange object in orbit is parked there for years doing - essentially - nothing for either good or ill. One fateful day, everything changes, and the entire fundamental underpinnings of what it means to be human are called into question, as The Helpers are dispatched to each city across the globe.

Strange, enigmatic, thought provoking, and well written, this is a great read, if not a stellar book. If you're a Wilson fan, it's a foregone conclusion: read it. ( )
  HeathDAlberts | Sep 14, 2014 |
Wilson takes an unique approach to contact in The Harvest, although the title is somewhat of a clue. The initial third is laden with suspense as the characters are developed and this is achieved with a modicum of science. In fact it's the lack of any knowledge which makes it unnerving. Once it starts to pick up pace it shrugs off the suspense and tries to offer credible action and develops a more scientific approach. Whilst it tries to not to play its cards it fails to juggle all of these approaches and loses its way. The characters become unfocused and the story meanders. It's interesting enough to create a desire to see it through, however the latter half is poor in comparison to the moody and tense first half. The Harvest is an interesting and unusual piece of science fiction, refusing to use familiar alien contact plot lines and that bravery should be noted. ( )
  SonicQuack | Jul 14, 2011 |
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The first aliens to contact Earth, mysterious beings called the Travellers, bring the gift of immortality to those humans who choose to accept it--and the price it exacts. While most people leap at the chance to live forever, even at the cost of their humanity, a few hold on to their mortality and find themselves the inheritors of a strangely transformed future. This latest novel by the author of A Bridge of Years (LJ 8/91) combines expert storytelling with a thoughtful exploration of the bond between mortality and the human condition.
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Tonight," the President of the United States said, as we gaze at the sky and wonder at what we see there, our minds are crowded with question." (Prologue)
The crisis some people call "Contact" continues to preoccupy Congress and the Administration as elections approach. (Chapter 1)
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Offered immortality by the aliens circling the earth, most humans accept, and Dr. Matt Wheeler, one of the few who does not, is left to watch humankind transform itself into something less than human.
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The Travelers, aliens orbiting the Earth, have offered humanity the chance to live forever, but is it such a good deal?

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