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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Deeply imaginative, beautiful world with an enourmous scale. But the writing is flawed, the main character is romantically interested and seduces most of the named female characters, with the exception of his mother. Dec 04, Allyn Nichols rated it liked it. I've left it bookmarked and will likely finish it at some point. Until then Poul Anderson in several of his novels exploresthe phenomen of a future society turning away from high technology, and this is one of the best.
The earth has slowly come back from a nuclear war and the dominant Polynesian state closely monitors the rest of the world for signs of a return to the nuclear technology that nearly destroyed humanity centuries earlier. In some ways this makes the Polynesians, here called "Maurai," similar to the American government in its current efforts to limit the n Poul Anderson in several of his novels exploresthe phenomen of a future society turning away from high technology, and this is one of the best. In some ways this makes the Polynesians, here called "Maurai," similar to the American government in its current efforts to limit the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
There are five or six major characters, each from one of the successor human civilizations and each are interestingly drawn, particularly a France under the rule of an elite caste based in an aerostat, or dirigible, stationed in the stratosphere. Nov 03, Kevin Carson rated it it was amazing. One of the best post-apocalyptic worldbuilding exercises in all of science fiction, alongside Walter Miller's in A Canticle for Liebowitz. The Maurai hegemony, the Northwest Federation, Skyholm and the Mong are all rich in imaginative detail.
Jun 01, James Rickett rated it really liked it. Enjoyable, with some science that may be interesting in light of current events. The science is largely real; check out Freeman Dyson and the real Project Orion for background. Mar 18, Alex Daniciuc rated it really liked it. Nice , easy read. The rest will fall. Interesting tale. A planet different yet the same. Seems a reboot isn't an answer either. Actually it's humanity that requires a reboot or a new program. One of the greatest post-apocalyptic books I've read.
Well, post-apocalyptic isn't correct when we think about the other books and movies in this genre, like Mad Max and The Road which are set very near after an apocalyptic event. Poul Anderson jumped many decades maybe a few millenia, it's not really specified after a nuckear war on Earth, where civilization has been built again in the ruins of the old. Th One of the greatest post-apocalyptic books I've read. The whole world's politics, religions, social and historical circumstances are deeply planned, just like a possible new history line in the future.
How the old countries and fractions have evolved or devolved, transformed to new countries and empires It's so detailed that I can find new yummies after the 10th reading. The story is also catchy and has many plots and lines, no characters are black or white, they all have their flaws and virtues. A must read classic. Orion Shall Rise is very tedious in its pace. The characters and the plot, centred around a post-nuclear-holocaust Earth, take a long time to weave their way together, which I suppose it should, as the setting is all the world. The strategy Anderson takes in fabricating the evolution of language seems at times to be poor choice and occasionally corny.
It seems to be a simple science fiction novel, with an incredibly dense storyline and convoluted plot.
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Perhaps the best part of it is not knowing Orion Shall Rise is very tedious in its pace. Perhaps the best part of it is not knowing the outcome by simply analysing the plot and characters.
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No nation is 'good', no nation is 'evil' as far as Anderson describes them, but their characteristics and inhabitants are fully rounded, both good and bad. It feels like a long, dull read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot point to anything that would make it an outstanding piece of literature, it doesn't seem striking for anything but its immersiveness. Yet somehow I love this book more than perhaps any other.
I hate to say this, but I just could not get into this book. Only read the first fifth of the book, then decided that I wasn't interested enough to continue. I normally slog my way through, to be fair to the author. I just decided I had enough other books out there, so why bother. This book has many great ratings so I am probably missing out on something, but life is short and there are many books I have on my list to get to.
The point of GoodReads for me is to guide me to my next book that I wo I hate to say this, but I just could not get into this book. The point of GoodReads for me is to guide me to my next book that I would personally love. Have a GoodReads. I read it once about 25 years ago and still remember a lot of the situations, characters, plot, etc along with my reactions to them. Just found out here at Goodreads that it's part of a series certainly didn't read like it was, but rather as a solid standalone book.
Guess I will have to reread it now, along with the others in the same series Jan 20, Skip Kilmer rated it really liked it.
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Written 25 years ago, this novel depicts a world centuries after all-out nuclear war nearly destroyed everything. Anderson predicts a plausible evolution of human cultures into fragile hegemonies and shakey alliances. Interesting, if somewhat stereotyped, characters driven by lust, greed, heroism and eco sensitivity fill an epic tale of the tension between science and power. An excellent read that I feel has aged well. I don't think I've read this book in over 20 years and I was fairly sketchy on the details of the story, I remembered the Skyholm aerostat stuff.
An excellent story line, typical Poul Anderson, with a view at a possible future, if world events continue as they have. Would have been 5 stars were it not for the editing. Shelves: sf. Poul Anderson was one of the first science fiction authors I became acquainted with by name and he was a favorite throughout childhood.
This book, written towards the end of his career, while more sophisticated than much of his early work, didn't thrill me. Jul 21, Richp rated it liked it. This is a decent story, decently done, but nothing special. It blends Anderson's interests in the European Middle Ages with SF, without degenerating into stale sword and sorcery, but the blend is still an old artifice.
Jan 17, John marked it as abandoned. Dec 29, Amy rated it it was ok. It didn't hold my interest so I stopped reading it. There is much better science fiction out there. One of the classics of the genre. A must-read. Sep 16, Troy Erickson marked it as to-read Shelves: fiction , science-fiction , series-maurai.
Book 4 of the Maurai series. Dec 26, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: hard-scifi. This book is very convoluted and makes reading it hard. I usually like Poul Anderson but this was not one of his best. Apr 05, Chuck Higgins rated it did not like it. Just could not get into this book after many days of reading. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction.
Science Fiction Fantasy. About Poul Anderson. Poul Anderson. Pseudonym A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders , P. Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. Account Options Sign in. Top Charts. New Arrivals. On a post-nuclear Earth, visionaries who dream of reaching for the stars attempt to revive the forbidden technology that destroyed their world.
Centuries ago, humankind was nearly destroyed in a nuclear apocalypse. Many generations have passed since that terrible time, and the remnants of civilization have re-formed into separate, vastly different societies. But the reborn dream of space flight harbored by a forward-thinking few could herald the revival of the nuclear technology that once ravaged the planet and its people—and the powerful Maurai Federation will take every step necessary, no matter how drastic, to prevent doomsday from dawning again.
Poul Anderson — grew up bilingual in a Danish American family. After discovering science fiction fandom and earning a physics degree at the University of Minnesota, he found writing science fiction more satisfactory. In he met Karen Kruse; they married in Berkeley, California, where their daughter, Astrid, was born, and they later lived in Orinda, California. Astrid and her husband, science fiction author Greg Bear, now live with their family outside Seattle. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Flowing text, Google-generated PDF. Best For. Web, Tablet, Phone, eReader.
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