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Starplex The Aurora Award winning science fiction novel, Starplex, is back in print Human space exploration has expanded quickly over the last twenty years as they have made use of newly discovered artificial worm holes No one knows who created them, and they bring the far reaches of the galaxy tantalizingly closeDiscovery, however, is outstripping understanding, and when an unknown vessel a ship with no windows, seams or visible means of propulsion arrives, the already battle scarred Starplex could be the starting point of an interstellar war [Read] ➬ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas By Paul W. Zitzewitz – Kleankitchen.co.uk Starplex ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Beautiful Disruption Author G.G. Renee Hill – Kleankitchen.co.uk is back in print Human space exploration has expanded quickly over the last twenty years as they have made use of newly discovered artificial worm holes No one knows who created them ☉ Games Rednecks Play PDF / Epub ❤ Author Jeff Foxworthy – Kleankitchen.co.uk and they bring the far reaches of the galaxy tantalizingly closeDiscovery [Reading] ➶ The Magic Cottage By James Herbert – Kleankitchen.co.uk however [Lire] ➼ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com ➹ Sandi Metz – Kleankitchen.co.uk is outstripping understanding [Read] ➼ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük ➹ Güler Çelgin – Kleankitchen.co.uk and when an unknown vessel a ship with no windows ❮Reading❯ ➻ Dont Leave Me Alone Author GG – Kleankitchen.co.uk seams or visible means of propulsion arrives ⚣ I Won a Spaceship Books ⚡ Author Harrison Park – Kleankitchen.co.uk the already battle scarred Starplex could be the starting point of an interstellar war


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  1. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    So far, all that they could make out was a series of maddeningly vague shadows.Starplex is just an absolute plethora of big ideas An.absolute.PLETHORA And by big , I mean mind BLASTING.and challenging So how does one go about reviewing something like this It s basically a greatest hits of cosmological ideas, with elements of Star Trek The author intentionally draws parallels with Star Trek Starplex is an exploratory vessel, albeit one that specializes in First Contact situations Th So far, all that they could make out was a series of maddeningly vague shadows.Starplex is just an absolute plethora of big ideas An.absolute.PLETHORA And by big , I mean mind BLASTING.and challenging So how does one go about reviewing something like this It s basically a greatest hits of cosmological ideas, with elements of Star Trek The author intentionally draws parallels with Star Trek Starplex is an exploratory vessel, albeit one that specializes in First Contact situations The Red Deer Press edition that I own includes a diagram of the bridge and a layout of the ship, which went a long way in assisting me to visualize some of the events being depicted In a galaxy connected with local Solar System shortcuts wormholes that can only be activated when a race reaches a sufficient level of starfaring technology in order to detect its emissions , Starplex facilitates the first contact scenarios with these races that are suddenly thrust into the Galactic Commonwealth.But it s not as simple as all that When a new wormhole activates, Starplex goes to investigate What the crew finds, however, is beyond their wildest dreams, and a sequence of events is set in motion with progressively bigger and bigger reveals This, ladies and gentleman, is sense of wonder overloadOh, Gods It s big enough to curve spacetimeXeelee As such, there are also some parallels with Stephen Baxter s Xeelee Sequence, notably the quantum themes of Time and Space and events that span billions of years Suffice to say, things get absolutely mind boggling at this point The author really pulls out all the stops, and even includes an interesting space action sequence for good measure I would be hard pressed to come up with a book that throwsbig ideas at the reader than StarplexHow long have you been here Since the time we started talking, times one hundred times one hundred times one hundred times one hundred times one hundred times one hundred2001 A Space Odyssey And lastly, I couldn t help but be reminded of the ending sequence of 2001 A Space Odyssey There is a profoundness to some of the events here that approaches the metaphysical What exactly is our place in the Universe What is the nature of life If you enjoy old school Science Fiction with interesting aliens, themes of exploration and lots of science, this should be compulsory reading I could easily have given it five stars, since this kind of thing is right up my alley, but I did have two issues, for which I knocked off one star Basically, 1 some of the exposition is so hardcore it went kilometers over my head and 2 the characters are a tad bland, even for big idea SF Still, an easy, EASY four starsAll the gods are a very, very long way from here


  2. Denis Denis says:

    Though written in 1995, this Hugo nominated story is stylisticallylike those of the older golden age era of the 50 s, rather than thesophisticated character driven sort of modern type The likes of editors such as Campbell Jr or Frederik Pohl of Galaxy and IF would surely have jumped at serializing a story like this It s good fun old fashioned fast paced spaceship scifi with creative aliens, grand battle scenes, worm holes in this case, actually termed short cuts , time Though written in 1995, this Hugo nominated story is stylisticallylike those of the older golden age era of the 50 s, rather than thesophisticated character driven sort of modern type The likes of editors such as Campbell Jr or Frederik Pohl of Galaxy and IF would surely have jumped at serializing a story like this It s good fun old fashioned fast paced spaceship scifi with creative aliens, grand battle scenes, worm holes in this case, actually termed short cuts , time travel, green stars popping out from nowhere This also has much of A.C Clarke s optimism and sense of wonder to it yet Sawyer manages to make it all his own.The pros are not quite as polished as they are in later Sawyer novels, but the ideas are plentiful and the scope as astronomical.A very entertaining earlier effort by Robert J Sawyer


  3. Tom Tom says:

    Pretty good, albeit super short It s impressive that Sawyer can pack as much in to a 300 page novel as would take other authors 5 600 pages But despite the amount of action and questions and answers, it still felt like it was lacking something Maybe taking a slightly slower pace would have lent the action and revelations a littleweight.Holy crap though, what action There are a handful of big space action sequences, and a particular battle scene in the back half of the novel was jawdrop Pretty good, albeit super short It s impressive that Sawyer can pack as much in to a 300 page novel as would take other authors 5 600 pages But despite the amount of action and questions and answers, it still felt like it was lacking something Maybe taking a slightly slower pace would have lent the action and revelations a littleweight.Holy crap though, what action There are a handful of big space action sequences, and a particular battle scene in the back half of the novel was jawdropping in its inventiveness It makes battle scenes from recent space set movies eg the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies look simplistic.Other things I liked The alien races were pretty well fleshed out, as were the dolphins slightly different from the uplifted dolphins of David Brin s books, and not actually uplifted There was a real sense of discovery in the titular ship s mission and adventures There was a number of cool astrophysical and alien mysteries The physics employed by the author was pretty sophisticated, and didn t talk down to the audience There was a particular conversation view spoiler with a character from the far future, about how life on earth will continue to evolve in the next 10 billion years, hide spoiler that made my head reel from the implications.Some things that detracted Some of the dialogue was unrealistic Some of the descriptive passages were too infodump y Some logical leaps made by characters were a bit too convenient Things happened too fast several times, precarious situations at the end of chapters were resolved on the very next page.Final thoughts It s Star Trek with better physics andalien aliens


  4. Mary JL Mary JL says:

    This was a good intorduction for me to Robert J Sawyer I definitely plan on seeking outof his books.This, the first one of his I have read, concerns life aborad Starplex , a huge inster stellar habitat crewed by four races Human Cetecean dolphine Walhudin and Ibs.I found some of the science a bit hard to follow cosmology dark matter, etcetc, but the interactions of the four species working together was very well done The novel showed clearly the advantages and problems of having f This was a good intorduction for me to Robert J Sawyer I definitely plan on seeking outof his books.This, the first one of his I have read, concerns life aborad Starplex , a huge inster stellar habitat crewed by four races Human Cetecean dolphine Walhudin and Ibs.I found some of the science a bit hard to follow cosmology dark matter, etcetc, but the interactions of the four species working together was very well done The novel showed clearly the advantages and problems of having four radically different species with differing viewpoints attmpting to co ordinate in the Starplex.I particularly enjoyed the Walhudin precisely because they were NOT likeable, by most human standards Realistically, if when we meet aliens they will not all be cuddly or cute or admirable but we will still have to deal with them.So a very dcent tale, good world building interesting aliens and an acceptable plot A good solid three star advdenture with some thought provoking ideas suitable for any SF fan


  5. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    I will read all the Hugo nominees I really will At this point, I m just under half way done, and for the very first time, I ve bought a membership so I can vote on the awards Hopefully that ll mean I ll read last year s books this year, and not two or three years hence, which has pretty much been the way it s gone for the last little while When you mostly get books out from the library, you re either on a ton of wait lists, or you re content being a little bit behind.Note The rest of this r I will read all the Hugo nominees I really will At this point, I m just under half way done, and for the very first time, I ve bought a membership so I can vote on the awards Hopefully that ll mean I ll read last year s books this year, and not two or three years hence, which has pretty much been the way it s gone for the last little while When you mostly get books out from the library, you re either on a ton of wait lists, or you re content being a little bit behind.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  6. Jon Britton Jon Britton says:

    I stopped reading at the line, she was an Asian beauty This was written in 1996 No one trapped several decades behind their own time should be speculating on the future.


  7. prcardi prcardi says:

    Storyline 3 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5World 4 5How art thee similar to Star Trek Let me count the ways Thou art the Federation s Commonwealth s pride of fleet, on missions of first contact goodwill Thou has an alpha bridge crew whom is active for every major encounter An interspecies crew thee maintain, providing regular cultural confrontations Boldly thee go, where no one has gone before Take an entire season of Star Trek, extract all the exciting discoveries and crises, inject Storyline 3 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5World 4 5How art thee similar to Star Trek Let me count the ways Thou art the Federation s Commonwealth s pride of fleet, on missions of first contact goodwill Thou has an alpha bridge crew whom is active for every major encounter An interspecies crew thee maintain, providing regular cultural confrontations Boldly thee go, where no one has gone before Take an entire season of Star Trek, extract all the exciting discoveries and crises, inject them into a 289 page book, and you have Starplex I exaggerate, of course, but only slightly This did indeed have a succession of wondrous and dramatic developments farthan should have been possible in novel of this length This made for a fun and easy read but was far less satisfying than it could have been I, in fact, enjoy Star Trek, thus the comparison is not entirely unfavorable Starplex, however, read as if it were written for television audiences, and it incorporated all the regrettable devices associated with that medium a small company of characters take on multiple and overly broad roles to simplify the story and cast , ordinary events are ratcheted up to the level of drama so viewers readers stay tuned personnel are faced with crisis decisions which they appear entirely unprepared for, despite the fact that they would have been repeatedly faced with the problem before evendrama , inappropriately placed and melodramatic interpersonal scenes keeping in touch with our sensitive side , and a completely unjustifiable disordered timeline to be edgy One might be able to condone these elements in a television series because of the format and audience, but I expectconsideration and a higher regard for readers.Starplex, despite the obvious similarities to Star Trek, does provide something above and beyond the television series Its hard science fiction attributes at first, read as info dumps I began to appreciate themas the book went on Though they were often ill placed and broke momentum, Sawyer wasthan adept at succinctly conveying complicated processes Best of all, however, was that the book was actually about something about real astrophysics questions This will not be regarded as the scientific answer to those technical questions, but it was a fun story built around legitimate physics phenomena That, along with the thriller and discovery attributes, made for a memorable story and enjoyable read


  8. Noah Goats Noah Goats says:

    I thought this novel was tons of fun I listened to Sawyer s novel, Factoring Humanity, a couple weeks ago, and it couldn t have beendifferent from this one Factoring Humanity is an intimate near future story that deals with big ideas but seen sort of on a small scale Starplex, on the other hand, is a big action packed space opera Sawyer is great at both of these kinds of science fiction.There are things in this novel that seem kind of ridiculous dolphin fighter pilots, dark matter tha I thought this novel was tons of fun I listened to Sawyer s novel, Factoring Humanity, a couple weeks ago, and it couldn t have beendifferent from this one Factoring Humanity is an intimate near future story that deals with big ideas but seen sort of on a small scale Starplex, on the other hand, is a big action packed space opera Sawyer is great at both of these kinds of science fiction.There are things in this novel that seem kind of ridiculous dolphin fighter pilots, dark matter that well, that s a surprise , but I was enjoying myself so much I was open to all of it Can t wait to read the rest of Sawyer s work.I listened to this in audiobook and thought the reader did a great job


  9. Hugh Long Hugh Long says:

    This was truly an incredible book Starplex was a rare exploration of the Space Opera sub genre, and as Robert J Sawyer intended, did not focus on a military plot as the central theme, but rather, a peaceful group of scientists who s mission was to make peaceful contact with other races via a vast network of shortcuts or stargate type devices Yes, there is certainly space combat and battles, but what makes this book so different is the anchoring in real science fiction roots at it s core This was truly an incredible book Starplex was a rare exploration of the Space Opera sub genre, and as Robert J Sawyer intended, did not focus on a military plot as the central theme, but rather, a peaceful group of scientists who s mission was to make peaceful contact with other races via a vast network of shortcuts or stargate type devices Yes, there is certainly space combat and battles, but what makes this book so different is the anchoring in real science fiction roots at it s core it s about science, and the extrapolation and exploration of what if scenarios It seeks to tease apart answers to current scientific knowledge.To say this book was riveting was an understatement I read it in 24 hours, and wished there was a whole series like it But alas, this book is, and must be, fully self contained Starplex plucks the most melodious strings of science fiction, and turns them into a symphony for the mind.The various races described in the novel were also fascinating, each with distinct cultures and idiosyncrasies Sawyer is a man with an incredible imagination.Almost 20 years after publication this book remains singular and utterly engaging


  10. Shannon Appelcline Shannon Appelcline says:

    Sawyer s most interesting science fiction is what I d called social science fiction Most especially Flashforward, but also the Neanderthal Parallax and others So it s charming to see him write hard science fiction and space opera I mean, I think I prefer his Earth focused books, looking at the changes that science or aliens can bring, because they feelunique, innovative, and Sawyer esque, but this is a fun book nonetheless.The heart of Starplex is the old alien artifact trope, focu Sawyer s most interesting science fiction is what I d called social science fiction Most especially Flashforward, but also the Neanderthal Parallax and others So it s charming to see him write hard science fiction and space opera I mean, I think I prefer his Earth focused books, looking at the changes that science or aliens can bring, because they feelunique, innovative, and Sawyer esque, but this is a fun book nonetheless.The heart of Starplex is the old alien artifact trope, focused on wormholes that have been left behind by someone Sawyer does a good job of pretty thoroughly exploring that idea, while also making us care about several scientific questions, then answering them Though some answers are a bit obvious to the scientifically inclined Amidst all of that we get strong characters and interesting moral lessons and a lot of hard science ideas It s a nice balance.I feel like Sawyer really hit his stride a few years later, perhaps with Factoring Humanity, and definitely with the brilliant Flashforward, but this is still a good read that perhaps will stay in my collection But maybe not I m not sure it actually deserves a reread, like his later works do


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