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Earth [Format Kindle]

David Brin , Bruce Jensen

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From Publishers Weekly

Weaving an epic of complex dimensions, Brin ( Startide Rising ) plaits initially divergent story lines, all set in the year 2038, into an outstandingly satisfying novel. At the center is a type of mystery: after a failed murder attempt, a group of people try to save the victim, recover the murder weapon, identify the guilty party and fend off other assassins, all the while being led through n + 1 plot twists--each with a sense of overhanging doom, because the intended victim is Gaea, Earth herself. The struggle to save the planet gives Brin the occasion to recap recent global events: a world war fought to wrest all caches of secret information from the grip of an elite few; a series of ecological disasters brought about by environmental abuse; and the effects of a universal interactive data network on beginning to turn the world into a true global village. Fully dimensional and engaging characters with plausible motivations bring drama to these scenarios. Brin's exciting prose style will probably make this a Hugo nominee, and will certainly keep readers turning pages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Brin uses the escape of a manmade black hole that is eating away at the Earth's core and a plausible future of sophisticated, instant universal and global computer data linkage and retrieval to reexamine, explore, and expand upon the themes regarding genetic creation and advancement begun in Star tide Rising (1983) and The Uplift War (1987, both Bantam). There is an element of suspense and intrigue as the characters scramble to define, find, and solve the black hole damage before each other and before it's too late. Although less engaging than the previously mentioned books, this is timely in its investigation of current ecological issues and includes a welcome annotated bibliography and list of environmental organizations and addresses. --Joan Lewis Reynolds, West Potomac High School, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 625 pages
  • Editeur : Spectra (21 octobre 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Realistic and thought-provoking 22 août 2000
Par shel99 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Brin's 'Earth' takes place in the year 2038, and the portrait painted of our society 40-some years from now is so totally plausible that it's a little disturbing. By 2038, Earth's population has grown to over 10 billion, natural resources are even more depleted than they are today, and many people think that the population is on the verge of a massive crash. Brin's depiction of the way that various sectors of society deal with this concept is complex and fascinating.
Although many of the scientific aspects of the book were somewhat confusing to me, I was still able to follow the plot. I have studied quite a bit of ecology, have also had a few courses in geophysics, and I was pleased that everything Brin has included in his story is consistent with today's scientific beliefs. The structure of the novel is interesting as well; little tidbits from the general populace and their responses to the events detailed in the chapters are interspersed throughout the book.
Furthermore, the character development is excellent; many "hard" science fiction novels are more about the technology and the situations than about the characters themselves, but Brin has made his characters and their motivations very real and well-developed. Even the less important characters like Logan Eng were as detailed as the central protagonists.
There was only one thing that I did not like about this book, and that is the 'deus ex machina' (sp?) of the ending. I won't say any more because I don't want any spoilers.
'Earth' raises a lot of issues about the environment, the supposed superiority of humankind, the interconnectedness of all living things, the individual's right to privacy, and much more. Lots of food for thought and a fantastic book for discussion (I read this for a book discussion group, and I can't wait to hear what everyone else has to say about it). I haven't read anything else by David Brin, but after reading 'Earth', I definitely want to.
31 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The challenges of near-future speculative fiction 5 août 2006
Par A. E. Harper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I read David Brin's Earth not long after it first came out, perhaps 1991 or 1992; and for whatever reason, although I enjoy Brin in general and enjoyed this book when I read it, I never got back to it. Recently I've been reading a lot of Dr. Brin's nonfiction (his essays and blog and I plan to get hold of "Transparent Society" this summer) and in the course of that reading, I came across references to a hobby of Brin fans: picking apart Earth (set in 2038) and following tech and social trends and developments in the news, to play a sort of "I Spy" with correct predictions. This intrigued me, and I decided to re-read the book. Because, after all, writing near-future stories is very hard; life tends to go off in unexpected directions and quickly date a work.

Heinlein's "For Us, The Living," which I read about a month ago, is a brilliant piece of near-future speculative fiction - and only a tiny handful of his predictions hit target. That's pretty typical. What's positively freakish about Earth is how many predictions are dead-on, having - in fifteen of the fifty years between the writing and the projected future - either come to pass or come far enough along a developmental road that their occurence in the next thirty-five years is very likely. The powerfully evoked sense of juxtaposed familiarity and alienness is exactly the feeling that I've heard elderly friends and acquaintances talk about when they describe the last fifty years - wait, how did we get here, and why didn't I notice?

Earth is a dense book, a tightly woven complexity of about eight different story lines that all turn out to be intextricably related. It's a cast of millions; there's inevitably some shallow characterization there, but the dozen or so major characters have richly distinct and diverse voices. None of them (except, perhaps, the teenage genius, Claire) is entirely likeable, but all of them are tremendously credible; ultimately, I found myself really caring about each of them. But over and above the characterization in the microscale of the individual, there's a place where character and setting intermingle, bleed through, where communities and societies and the Earth itself become characters, take on a dynamic life and movement and responsiveness. It's just the sheer incredible richness and detail and texture, both of the individuals and of the world in which they move, that makes this book such a sensuous delight. There comes a point when I find the commodities price lists and obscure blog threads and other bits of electonic flotsam and jetsam injected into the text as compelling as the interactions and crises of the characters.

The actual plot - a physics experiment gone horribly wrong, and a close-knit team trying to make it right, in secret, in a world where secrecy has become a war crime - is just technothriller enough to keep the pace clipping along, just old-school hard sci-fi enough to make the reader work at it (think Greg Bear's Eon and sequels). All in all, a thoroughly fun read that is also emotionally and intellectually engaging and - still, after all these years - astonishingly relevant.
23 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of my all-time favorites 5 septembre 2000
Par Lee Gaiteri - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
For a few years I was reading Earth once a year, just like I do with Lord of the Rings. Although it's not quite on the same level, it's a wonderful sci-fi. Brin projects a fairly realistic future with real people, real problems, and the truly cool premise of dealing with a microscopic black hole orbiting the planet's core.
The Gaianism (the dominant religion of this environmentally threatened future) was a tad heavy-handed at times, but still didn't get too much into the way to like it. Interspersed with the action were excerpts from the global Net, which augmented the story in ways that reminded me of what Pohl did with Gateway. This sort of transition helped a lot to make the epic size of the book feel much more manageable.
Brin predicted a few things that, like Jules Verne long before him, have since come true or have begun to come true. Central to the book is the Net, which was no doubt based on the Internet which was only a sapling when the book was written; since then the Web has exploded and is operating much like Brin foresaw it would. He even predicted the appearance of spam and the massive, daunting problems of sifting for information online.
If all this doesn't sound interesting enough, well, there's more to say for the story. Much of the plot revolves around a small group of people--in a society heavily biased against secrecy--trying both to conceal and to eliminate the threat of a black hole within the earth. The things they discover along this road make some very interesting sci-fi; it's almost hard sci-fi at times. Meanwhile the world is full of other people somehow connected to all this, or to each other. Some know what's going on or at least that there's a conspiracy, and want to know more or to direct the course of events to their own ends. A new technology that emerges--perhaps not even too far-fetched in its concept (owing to Brin's background as a physicist)--becomes the focal point of a power struggle. Most of this we see through the eyes of an interesting assortment of rather identifiable characters.
Earth is overall a worthy story that's just as good (if not better) the second and third time around. The "chapters" are even reasonably short for the most part, allowing reading on the go and keeping things from getting tedious.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Major cheating at the end 10 février 2011
Par Ivan Krsul - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really think that the author should get his money back from his editor. Not only because the book is riddled with typos but because the editor allowed the author to cheat big-time in the end.

Imagine a book about a painter that is charged with painting a room in one hour, and early in the book the painter realizes that he started painting at the door. The author skillfully lets the reader into the drama. How is the painter ever going to finish? What will happen to the painter if he doesn't? To the very end, where the reader is sitting on the edge of his chair whereupon the author claims that it was no issue after all, since the paint is magical and dries instantly and the painter is equipped with magical shoes that allow him to levitate.
That is what this book is like.

** Spoilers next - Stop reading here if you don't want to know **

The book is a good science fiction novel and in the end nothing is resolved, magic and spirits come into play, non-science and just plain impossibilities take central role and even aliens are brought in to explain the unexplainable.

The entire book is about a new kind of science that allows the manipulation of black holes, about a black hole that is eating away at the core of the earth and about what to do with that monster. This is the "How will I ever finish painting the room?" of the book, but in the end, nothing happens to the black hole, who is left happy at the core eating away the earth. Ghosts and Spirits are summoned to save the day and glass structures (arks) made to house the remaining animal life in the world are magically sent all the way to the moon, surviving vacuum and elegantly landing on the moon where they will live happily ever after, as though every glass structure designed to live in Africa naturally equips a vacuum shield.

In every book there is an agreement between the author and reader, called Suspension of disbelief, where the reader accepts the use of fantastic or non-realistic elements in literature, so long as they maintain internal consistency. Hence, it's possible for Tolkien to use Goblins because they make sense once you agree you are no longer in modern earth. But in this book, where it's all about science, ecology and about what will happen to our planet with the monstrous combination of a black hole and a human plague, bringing in aliens, spirits and complete science rubbish to close the book is ridiculous and a gross violation of this compromise.

Had I not been reading the book in my Kindle, I would have literally thrown it out the window.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 HEAVY 7 septembre 2000
Par Naomi Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I know that a book has affected me when its ideas keep popping up in my conversations. Earth is one of those books, because it covers so many issues that I consider to be hot topics: privacy, the information super-highway, restrictions in scientific research, evolution of consciousness and the future of the entire human race.
I read a couple of reviews here criticizing the shallow characterizations, but all of the characters seemed like real people to me. It has a great villain you'll love to hate, and loads of intelligent people having intelligent conversations.
If you don't like books that jump back and forth between several sets of characters and plots, then you won't like Earth. I happen to enjoy this format, to see how the various people and situations merge in a grand finale; and believe me, this book has a heck of a grand finale!
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