James P. Hogan
- Title: Inherit the Stars
- Author: James P. Hogan
- ISBN: 9780345334633
- Page: 279
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
The man on the Moon was dead They called him Charlie He had big eyes, abundant body hair and fairly long nostrils His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave They didn t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him All they knew was that his corpse was 50,000 years old and that meant that this man had somehow livThe man on the Moon was dead They called him Charlie He had big eyes, abundant body hair and fairly long nostrils His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave They didn t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him All they knew was that his corpse was 50,000 years old and that meant that this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed
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Hard science fiction folksyou'll love this. The book takes it's time setting up the story (read introduces some of the characters, wanders around giving us a short intro to the bookd so on.) First we get a small snippet of "what went before" and then we start to meet the people involved.After you've well read the opening, heard about "the scope" and met some of these people (and yawned a good deal) we finally find, Charlie. Now Charlie is a dead spaceman/astronaut found on the moon in a bright r [...]
3.5 stars. This is the first book by James P. Hogan that I have read and I was very impressed. This was a well thought out, hard SF book that was also a terrific, engaging story. The plot is basically a SF mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end (which does not disappoint). I look forward to reading the other two books in this series. Recommended.
The most enjoyable sci-fi book I have read - and I must have read it at least 3 times, which is rare for me. I've enjoyed all his works and am sad that he died so young (compared with me!)
About as hard si fi as you can get. I love a detective story & combined with science fiction it is perfect! Sure, there is little character development, but instead there are character types and an abundance of the kind of ungrounded scientific certainty that can delay scientific break throughs. Made me think of a book I read to my children when they were going through their, long, dinosaur phase (fueled by yearly visits to the dinosaur museum in Drumheller, Alberta), "Tx and the Crater of D [...]
This book astounded me when I first read it. The ideas, the writing, hard science fiction was fairly new for me then.The discovery of a human mummy in a space suit on the moon causes a sensation when carbon dating shows it's age as greater the humans on Earth.
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this book. If I'm not mistaken, while it isn't considered a 'classic' by many, it is sort of a 'check this out' sort of book that circulates within the hard-sci fi community. I've been aware of this existing for a long time, but never thought of it as something I really needed to complete my education within the genre, but when I found it at a used bookstore for super cheap I couldn't resist picking it up. The premise, that explorers on the moon uncover a 50 [...]
First book in the greatest SciFi trilogy of all time! Spectacular! Genuine hard science SciFi. You're in the story as the scientists develop their hypotheses, test them, learn more, revise them, and move the story forward. Great plot and storyline. Very well-written. Both believable and very stretching. This book pulled me in like no other. It sets up the Giants' series to be the most interesting, surprising, well-written, and meaningful of all science fiction trilogies (plus 2) up to the presen [...]
Written in the 1970's the author brilliantly predicts quite a bit that's true about the 21st century - sure, we're behind schedule on those flying cars and we've banned smoking but when it comes to his predictions on electronic gizmos he's fairly accurate. Unique storyline with great twist for an ending, I found this to be a very enjoyable science fiction book.
This book addresses some anomalies in our moon and solar system that are eventually explained by events that occurred during prehistoric times. VERY interesting with a great ending. The sequels to this are also good reading.
Part of the best series I've ever read. The second book is even better, the third incredible.
I really enjoyed this one. It starts with a wonderful mystery and then unravels the answer through a wonderful combination of science fact and science fiction. Wonderful.
I'm relatively new in the science fiction world, I have read most of the "classics" and "must-reads" and I was taken by surprise by this book. The book starts with one of the most amazing opening I have ever read and does an amazing job of filling in the pieces from there. I don't want to get into the plot because I feel this book is best enjoyed with knowing very little going into it. I would definitely recommend it to all readers.
Incredible book - one of the best science fiction reads I've had in years! I really enjoyed the sense of mystery and discovery in this book. Scientists on the moon discover the body of a human in a space suit, but carbon dating reveals him to be over 50,000 years old. The discoveries that continue to unfold as they uncover more clues as to the origin of the ancient astronaut really keep the book moving along.
It has been years since I read this book, but I remember loving it. At the beginning you are presented with a mind bending mystery. In every chapter, you have enough information to construct a theory, but then it is dashed by new evidence. Reading this book was a delightful experience that stands out over the many books I have read since.
Simply amazing. I read it about 7 years ago time to re-read it, I think.
The audacity of throwing one undreamt of fact into the scientific method and the amazingly plausible tale of discovery that might be is vastly entertaining.
Intelligent, imaginative, thoughtful, amazing hard science fiction.
An interesting sci-fi novel, presenting an alternate view of the origin of man on earth, and in the process shedding light on the instincts that drive us.
4.5 Best hard sci-fi novel I’ve read to date!
In the near future, mankind has started to spread throughout the solar system; among other things, establishing several moon bases. One day, a very old, almost skeletal, corpse is found on the moon dressed in a red spacesuit. Calls to the other bases reveal that no one is reported missing. Things get really interesting when tests on the corpse, nicknamed "Charlie", reveal that it is at least 50,000 years old.Interest shifts from the moon to Texas, headquarters of the United Nations Space Arm. Th [...]
This is a very nice little novel and quite a bit of change from the military science fiction that I usually read. It’s written back in the 70’s and its age shows a little but surprisingly little. As a computer engineer I couldn’t help but smiling when the book talked about DEC computers in the future. DEC had of course not gone belly-up when this book was written. Also today, with the advancement of DNA-tests, you would never have the lengthy debate and scientific detective work in order t [...]
The story is fairly straightforward - Humanity is slowly populating space (this was written in the 1970s and the assumption then was we would continue to explore space after the moon) and in the 2020s the skeleton of a modern-day technologically-advanced human is found on the moon who died about 50,000 years ago. The story centers on Dr. Victor Hunt and his group who try to discover who this skeleton was, how he got to the moon, and how he came to die there. The book is easy to read and mildly i [...]
Enjoyed this immensely. Hogan uses his work of science fiction to postulate about the origins of man, theories of evolution, and what kind of technology it might take to begin to explore our solar system. Knowing that this was originally published the same year that Star Wars came out, it's so interesting to see him take a much less expansive view of our abilities in space flight. Just 15 more years until this book is set, it will be curious to see how far we've come to Hogan's vision when we ge [...]
This is the best science fiction book I have ever read. I enjoyed this story immensely and will be continuing the series.5 stars = Yearly re-read4 stars = Re-read eventually3 stars = Very Good2 stars = OK1 stars = Pass on this one.0 stars = Couldn't finish it.
Very, very good book. I really liked the way the book built layer on top of layer and had me guessing all the way on how it was going to turn out with the main characters re-evaluating and modifying their theories. Trying to find the next book in the series
Fascinating sci-fi book, with clever interwining with the real world situations helps make the book sound plausible in its fantastic theories and ideas which can be mind-blowing and overwhelming. A fine masterpiece worth reading!
Very solid 'sense of wonder'-science fiction, in the same vein as Rama. The characters may not be that amazing, but the mystery is wonderful, and true science fiction.
Enjoyed the book, I love the Giants series.
One of my favorites from high school. I rate it four stars, but if I was recommending it to people, I might just give it three stars. Starting with the premise of finding a 50,000 year old dead astronaut on the moon, it's a novel about the scientific process; hundreds or thousands of people methodically studying, hypothesizing, and theorizing. It can be a little dry. Fortunately, the story is primarily told through the point of view of one character, whose job it is to keep all the different dep [...]
I was introduced to this book in a college introductory archaeology course. I was a bit flabbergasted when I first saw the assignment. I'd read my share of science fiction up to that point, and didn't see what I could gain from a science fiction book that would benefit me in learning archaeology.Well, after I read it, I saw.A human skeleton is found on the moon, which is mysterious in and of itself. The more disturbing fact of the discovery, however, is not the simple presence of the remains. It [...]
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