[HardfoughtCascade Point] EBOOK / PDF

  • Paperback
  • 192
  • HardfoughtCascade Point
  • Greg Bear
  • English
  • 16 September 2020
  • 9780812559712

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Free read Þ HardfoughtCascade Point Ide non stop heart pounding action that will keep readers on edge until the final pa. Two morsels of new wave SciFi I m both cases the premises are compelling Greg Bear challenges the reader to infer from a limited perspective to some impact Timothy Zahn s contribution feels polished dwelling on possibility and regret

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Free read Þ HardfoughtCascade Point Together in one volume two award winning stories by two bestselling authors providin. Hardfought Hardfought by Greg Bear was nominated the Hugo Award for Best Novella and won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1984 The events of the novel take place in the far far future where what we know of humanity has become essentially unrecognizable The story goes back and forth between Aryz a Senexi an ancient alien species and Prufrax a human girl who is growing up and being tailored to fightThe text is densely written and makes no apologies about being so Some of the language is difficult to grasp even until you learn to make a cognitive leap I think Bear wanted to be purposively disruptive to create a distance between the reader and the events related in the storyThe Senexi are very alien A hive mind of a sort and not based on a carbon lifeform Aryz is tasked with understanding humans and in doing so it is recognized that he will be corrupted and will die but the Senexi are grappling with how to fight humanity Prufrax in her own way is being led to understand the Senexi She hates initially because that s what she has learned but under the care of a mentor Prufrax learns of humanity s history and strives to understand better the Senexi This is a story that is best appreciated by reading it letting the piling up of details and character development make the connections Well worth the read Cascade Point Pall Durriken is captain of a low class passenger starship called the Aura Dancer In Cascade Point interstellar travel is accomplished via a hyperspace of some sort called Colloton space One aspect of this space is that those who are awake during it witness themselves in parallel universes stretching out infinitely Thus Durriken who is awake for the first jump witnesses himself sitting in the navigator s chair over and over again sometimes in a luxury passenger liner s captain s uniform The effects of Colloton space can be psychologically depressing Fortunately most people sleep through it or are on much financially enriched ships that can afford an auto navigator Zahn goes into a lot of detail about how interstellar travel works noting that the size of the ship its shape and the volume of ming metal a alloy with specific properties influences the jumpWhen psychiatrist Dr Hammerfeld Lanton and his patient Rik Bradley join the flight however things go awry Lanton hopes to learn if Colloton space and assist Bradley in a recovering He fails to note or simply doesn t know in the novella he claims to not know that one of his devices contains ming metal and that unshielded ming metal results in a the Aura Dancer not just traveling through space but through universes As the crew works to figure out how they return to their own universe uestions arise on how it will affect Bradley who had demonstrated some improvementThe story is uite simple in that the ship flies out and flies back and in the intervening travel determine that it has switched universes and then working their way back Two characters are really the focus of the novella Durriken and his first mate Alana Keal Durriken is haunted by a rash action years before that sent him down the path and the Colloton space luxury passenger ship version of him gives him insight into what might have happened had he acted differently Keal is largely a mystery to her captain who describes her as somebody that finds damaged people in an effort to fix them Keal gravitates to BradleyI thought the novella missed some opportunities in really exploring having alternate realities demonstrated to you or the idea that regardless when infinite universes show all possibilities some version of you made each of those decisions Some weighty philosophical themes are possible and though they are touched on they do not come out in full force for Zahn prefers to stick to mechanics of navigating Colloton space or the character s immediate actionsThe characters are finely drawn even the minor characters The story itself is well told though weakened by an overly happy ending I think A much younger Zahn wrote this and you can see many of the tell tale aspects of his later writing Worth a read Perenbomen bloeien wit you learn to make a cognitive leap I think Bear wanted to be purposively disruptive to create a distance between the reader and the events related in the storyThe Senexi are very alien A hive mind of a sort and not based on a carbon lifeform Aryz is tasked with understanding humans and in doing so it is recognized that he will be corrupted and will die but the Senexi are grappling with how to fight humanity Prufrax in her own way is being led to understand the Senexi She hates initially because that s what she has learned but under the care of a mentor Prufrax learns of humanity s history and strives to understand better the Senexi This is a story that is best appreciated by reading it letting the piling up of details and character development make the connections Well worth the read Cascade Point Pall Durriken is captain of a low class passenger starship called the Aura Dancer In Cascade Point interstellar travel is accomplished via a hyperspace of some sort called Colloton space One aspect of this space is that those who are awake during it witness themselves in parallel universes stretching out infinitely Thus Durriken who is awake for the first jump witnesses himself sitting in the navigator s chair over and over again sometimes in a luxury passenger liner s captain s uniform The effects of Colloton space can be psychologically depressing Fortunately most people sleep through it or are on much financially enriched ships that can afford an auto navigator Zahn goes into a lot of detail about how interstellar travel works noting that the size of the ship its shape and the volume of ming metal a alloy with specific properties influences the jumpWhen psychiatrist Dr Hammerfeld Lanton and his patient Rik Bradley join the flight however things go awry Lanton hopes to learn if Colloton space and assist Bradley in a recovering He fails to note or simply doesn t know in the novella he claims to not know that one of his devices contains ming metal and that unshielded ming metal results in a the Aura Dancer not just traveling through space but through universes As the crew works to figure out how they return to their own universe uestions arise on how it will affect Bradley who had demonstrated some improvementThe story is uite simple in that the ship flies out and flies back and in the intervening travel determine that it has switched universes and then working their way back Two characters are really the focus of the novella Durriken and his first mate Alana Keal Durriken is haunted by a rash action Skaza years before that sent him down the path and the Colloton space luxury passenger ship version of him gives him insight into what might have happened had he acted differently Keal is largely a mystery to her captain who describes her as somebody that finds damaged people in an effort to fix them Keal gravitates to BradleyI thought the novella missed some opportunities in really exploring having alternate realities demonstrated to Envisioned Life Essays in Honor of Eva Brann you or the idea that regardless when infinite universes show all possibilities some version of Batch you made each of those decisions Some weighty philosophical themes are possible and though they are touched on they do not come out in full force for Zahn prefers to stick to mechanics of navigating Colloton space or the character s immediate actionsThe characters are finely drawn even the minor characters The story itself is well told though weakened by an overly happy ending I think A much Batch younger Zahn wrote this and Riot Strike Riot you can see many of the tell tale aspects of his later writing Worth a read

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Free read Þ HardfoughtCascade Point G double the excitement Authors Greg Bear Eon and Timothy Zahn The Last Command prov. Greg Bear s Hardfought is packaged with Timothy Zahn s Cascade Point in this Tor Double I read and liked Cascade Point in ages past so today s review will pinpoint Bear s contribution Even though Hardfought was composed several decades ago it still holds up perfectly both in terms of construction and theme This is one of my favorite types of SF story as it features truly alien aliens Star Trek is great but typically features what I call brow ridge aliens or aliens whose morphology is only slightly different than ours Yes Virginia I know what a special effects budget is It just gets old after a while The aliens in Hardfought are radically different from humanity both in terns of basic chemistry their natural environment is liuid ammonia and thought processes This type of story can take a little extra effort to read but usually the payoff is commensurate and that is true here The conflict between humanity and the Senexi has continued unabated for centuries In order to win has humanity become like it s enemy than it realizes Good stuff