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The Memory of Earth [Format Kindle]

Orson Scott Card
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Kirkus Reviews

First of a five-book series from the author of Xenocide, the Alvin Maker tales, etc. Planet Harmony, settled 40 million years ago following the destruction of Earth, is overseen by the Oversoul, an intelligent computer able to communicate telepathically with certain of the inhabitants. Set up to prevent war and ensure the colony's survival, the Oversoul is now breaking down, and for repairs must journey to Earth (where, the Oversoul theorizes, a new civilization surely will have arisen by now). Needing help from Harmony, the Oversoul first contacts young student Nafai of the matriarchal city Basilica, hoping to persuade him and others of his family to secure the Index--an ancient machine that will enable the Oversoul to talk directly with everyone. A major complication is that as the Oversoul decays, the mental blocks it implanted in Harmony's people eons ago to prevent war are also breaking down; and soon the women of Basilica find themselves trapped in a power struggle between two hostile male armies. Where Card focuses on children--as he often does here--he writes fluently and persuasively. Elsewhere, his adult characters and motivations are much less appealing. Neither is the ancient- computer backdrop, with its far-fetched Earth connection, particularly convincing. All in all, an uneven and irritatingly inconclusive starter. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet--to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves.

The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission.

But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2402 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 355 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : 1st (30 novembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003H4I5LC
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Orson Scott Card (né et vivant aux Etats-Unis) est l'un des aute urs de science-fiction (la série Ender), de fantasy (les chroniques d'Alvin le faiseur) et de romans historiques les plus connus, lus et estimés dans le monde. Il a remporté le prix Hugo et le prix Nébula deux années consécutives, pour La Stratégie Ender et sa suite, La voix des morts, exploit sans précédent.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un bon début 13 mai 2009
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Je connaissais OS Card à travers le cycle d'ender en francais. Je voulais découvrir l'auteur en VO. Je n'ai pas été décu ni meme pleinement emballé (comme j'ai pu l'etre avec la stratégie d'Ender). C'est un bon début car cela ne constitue que 1/5e de l'histoire.

J'aime beaucoup les thèmes abordées dans ce livre: la soif de pouvoir (surtout masculine), les relations familiales et le libre arbitre. Faut-il laisser le libre arbitre aux Humains ou bien le confier à un tiers impartial?

Je ne mets que 4 etoiles mais je n'exclus pas d'en rajouter une autre après l'avoir remis dans la globalité du cycle.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Oversoul begins the question to bring humanity home 19 avril 2003
Par Lawrance M. Bernabo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The accusation that the Orson Scott Card "Homecoming: Harmony" series is a thinly disguised retelling of the book of Mormon came as a surprise to me, mainly because I am not that familiar with the book of Mormon. However, "The Memory of Earth," the first in the five volume series, certainly has the tenor of an Old Testament story. The planet Harmony was settled 40 million years after the destruction of Earth, and the mother planet is now more legend than dim memory. The human population is cared for by the Oversoul, a computer able to communicate telepathically with some of the inhabitants. However, now the Oversoul is breaking down and needs to be returned to Earth for repairs. The problem is a combination of believability (no one remembers earth) and technology (this is a planet where caravans coexist with a floating chair for Nafai's crippled brother, Issib).
The Oversoul contacts a young student, Nafai, and tells him of the Index: an ancient machine through which the computer can talk directly to everyone. However, Nafai's father and brothers are unwilling to believe the boy has been touched by the Oversoul. A further complication is that as the Oversoul's powers decay so do the mental blocks it has implanted in humans to keep them from killing each other. This is especially problematic for Nafai, since his eldest brother is not particularly accepting of the idea that his rightful place has been usurped in this unbelievable manner.

I have to say that I find it hard to believe a book can be accused of proselytizing when its transforms God into a super computer. Granted, the Oversoul is a more benevolent computer than we usually find in science fiction (cf. AM in Harlan Ellison's classic short story "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream"), but that does not automatically make it deserving of deification or worship. Nor do I have reason to believe Mormon society could ever be considered matriarchal. Luet, the girl next door and object of Nafai's affection, considers the Oversoul a god to be worshipped, but she eventually sees the error of her ways.
Science fiction novels have dealt with religion more explicitly and more successfully (e.g., "Stranger in a Strange Land," "Dune") than "The Memory of Earth." But here it is not that this book is about religion but rather than it resonates with echoes of many Old Testament tales (think of it as "Nafai and the Amazing Telepathic Computer"). This is hardly surprising given Card's body of work; Uncle Orson has never hidden his faith nor failed to incorporate it on some level. Moreover, Nafai is a rather standard character in Card's writing, that of the young boy trying to find his way in an adult world that is beyond our own experience.
The sin here, such as it is, would be that this series is a lesser effort from Card. Nafai is aided in his growing maturity by the help of the Oversoul, which picked him because of his intellect and his ability to "hear" the computer. We want to idealize him as the perfect choice for this mission, but that may be overstating the case. The final volume does take an interesting and rather unexpected turn, but overall I think we would be more impressed with the story if it was not part of a multi-volume exercise.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 - Be warned - 13 avril 2001
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a great book, and the series is very good. If you read the first you will most likely go on to read the rest of the series. So be warned, this series ends up being very religious. So people who do not like to be preached at may want to stay away. Also, i found myself making parrallels with religous history that i found rather offensive. This applies only to the last book, but since this is the first you might as well know what you are getting into.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The beginning of an exciting science fiction ride 5 décembre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Card gives us the first of four very good volumes in a five book science fiction series. Basilica is a wonderful world and the characters that we meet will gain depth and develop over the series. Card is sometimes slow and tedious in his plot advancement. I liken his writing to a journey in which each step is mundane, but when taken one after another, cover long distances and present vista after vista.
Buy it, read it, and then get the next three volumes. Then read the reviews before purchasing volume five.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My First Card 31 octobre 2006
Par M. Ceff - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was my first Orson Scott Card book to read. Absolutely unputdownable! I just loved the way he used First Nephi as a basis for this story. I started reading it not knowing anything about it, so it was most entertaining waiting to see how much Book of Mormon storyline he could incorporate.

I went on to read the rest of the series and have now read almost all of the Alvin Maker series. I have had to stop reading Cards though - I find them so engrossing they take over my life and I don't get much else done. Great to read on holidays though!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Use your Imagination 1 janvier 2003
Par graham_e_hunt@hotmail.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In works of Sci Fi, I think one has to deploy ones power of imagination to create the authors universe in the mind. As a science fiction fan, not a science fantasy fan I found this universe a bit difficult to believe. While I can accept the genetic changing of the human race so the brain can respond to sattelite signals as a good idea, I found that the degree of control the Oversoul needed to achieve what it does just too extreme. Of course this is the essence of the plot, since this very control begins to deteriorate accordingly with a gradual breakdown of the Oversoul's machinery. I found it hard to accept that the Oversoul might be able to balance a society which is prevented from inventing the wheel and yet has the techology to create and use a floating vehicle (Issib's Chair) that can give an invalid mobility that can outrun a man, or to imagine that a society with advanced solid state electronics technology is not capable (or allowed) to conceptualize communication facilties such as a telephone. I'm reading the second book now, and find that an army general is reading a map under candlelight, while dictating instructions to his second in command who is typing them into a computer. So the Oversoul allows the development of advanced computers but it can prevent the concept of the lightbulb at the same time ?!
After reading the complete works of the Ender and Shadow series to date I probably did expect to use my imagination to some degree in this series, but probably a bit too much more than I would have liked.
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