Michael P. Kube-McDowell
- Title: Emprise
- Author: Michael P. Kube-McDowell
- ISBN: 9780743475365
- Page: 431
- Format: Paperback
The devastating Food and Fuel Wars have turned once powerful nations into isolated farming communities Barter has replaced currency, and scientists considered responsible for the world s misery are burned at the stake Hidden in the Idaho hills, astronomer Allen Chandliss secretly monitors his radiotelescope, listening for signs of intelligent life, hoping that aliens wilThe devastating Food and Fuel Wars have turned once powerful nations into isolated farming communities Barter has replaced currency, and scientists considered responsible for the world s misery are burned at the stake Hidden in the Idaho hills, astronomer Allen Chandliss secretly monitors his radiotelescope, listening for signs of intelligent life, hoping that aliens will come and improve things on Earth For seventeen years he has waited patiently His patience is about to pay off
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The beginning had me hooked, society pushing the bounds of it's available energy devolved by an inability to see the coming disaster. I mean, come on, how is that not relevant, and it was written 30 years ago! So I was hoping he would dive into what happens next, what technological level do we re-stabilize at, is growth afterward even possible? And he does, but only as an aside to the primary plot line; and it's a good story, fun to read, maybe 2 of the characters are really enticing, and the en [...]
As others have said, I really really liked the beginning. It was like a much more relevant version of "A Canticle for Leibowitz," since the dark ages it appears will not reemerge from a nuclear holocaust but from perhaps the draining of the world's remaining resources. The fact scientists are the scapegoat and are actually burned at the stake was fascinating and frightening, and I was far more interested in this setting than the long build-up to the first contact. The back of the book led me to [...]
I have read science fiction, but it always had a romantic element. That being said, you can say that I was way out of my comfort zone reading this book.I found some parts of the book interesting since it was published back in 1984 and I read it in 2013. The story starts off around the year 2011 with major changes to the way things really are.It wasn't anything like the description. There was a long--very long-- period of time leading up to the arrival of the 'aliens'. You don't even get to the p [...]
This reads like a classic sci-fi novel, easy enough to shelve with Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, etc. It's full of big ideas, actual science, compelling story that doesn't rely on explosions to propel the plot. Highly recommended. Hopefully this, and the others in the trilogy, will get individual or an omnibus release. Curious sidenote: this came out the same year as (and was somewhat overshadowed by) Sagan's Contact, and the two share the "message from space" plot device. How they handle that same [...]
This book was given to me by the author, Michael Kube-McDowell, and I thought it was an interesting science fiction story. He doesn't stay with one point of view character, but moves the story along from one character to another, so it's a slightly different approach from stories that stay with one character or group of characters through the whole book.
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