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Kindle ´ Þ Neal Stephenson What would happen if the world were ending?A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb In a feverish race against the inevitable nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure th The science and world building is awesome The storytelling and character development not so much soThere is a guideline for writing they say show don't tell And yes I know NS never really follows this rule but here's it's extreme Most of the book is likeMoira walked into the room 5 pages of backstory about Moira She looked at Dinah 10 pages of backstory about different people who have looked at DinahThis is to a degree forgivable when the backstory is fun but this is a surprisingly humorless book But the end of the world is not supposed to be funny That's what makes it even funnier Where is the joy?Because of this distance it was hard to get really invested in any of the characters Who are the great creations here? view spoilerNeil Tyson? He already exists Elon Musk? He already exists Hillary Clinton? She already exists Blah I bet Aida was interesting too bad we only got 10 pages about how she was a cannibal hide spoiler

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Seveneves Book Å 880 pages Download à [BOOKS] ✯ Seveneves ✹ Neal Stephenson – What would happen if the world were ending?A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb In a feverish race against the inevitable nations around the globe band together to devise an ambi What would happen if the worl E survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere in outer spaceBut the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers until only a handful of The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason I guess in order to indulge in a bit of world building one must destroy the world first Neal Stephenson is a genius A polymath with a wide range of interests he specializes in the big idea and the concrete the better In this way he carries forward the tradition of hard science fiction in which the best example is probably Arthur C Clarke Stephenson eschews FTL transportation time travel invading aliens or any of the other tropes of sci fi that cannot find a solid basis in contemporary science Instead he takes what is known adds what is possible and extrapolates to what could be His one concession to the unknown is his opening noted at top Although a theory or two are trotted out we never really learn what caused the moon to explode Consider it the MacGuffin of the novel the plot device that gets the action moving I guess breaking up isn’t hard to do No exploding moon? No story Why does it explode? Doesn’t matter The story is about what happens after The kernel around which the story nucleated was the space debris problem which I had been reading about both as a potential obstacle to the company's efforts and as a possible opportunity to do something useful in space by looking for ways to remediate it Some researchers had begun to express concern over the possibility that a collision between two pieces of debris might spawn a large number of fragments thereby increasing the probability of further collisions and further fragments producing a chain reaction that might put so much debris into low earth orbit as to create a barrier to future space exploration from Stephenson’s siteAnd the story is a compelling one not so much in the sense of classic plot construction but in terms of how we get from the biggest “OH CRAP” moment in human history to something not guaranteed to soil pants Stephenson looks most attentively at the engineering details of what is involved in trying to salvage the human race once it is clear that the sky will go all to pieces that the term scorched earth will be applicable to all the land on Earth that the homeland will become a wasteland What hardware is necessary? What is available? What can go wrong? How do we get from here to up there? This is his gig He loves this stuff and it shows He also does a good job of portraying the ensuing struggles down below Who will be selected to survive? How will they be picked? How will the politics of the selection be handled? What will the criteria be? Ideas bang into other ideas which fracture and crash into even ideas and so on until you have an entire layer of nifty concept blanketing your brain World leaders make the big announcement of imminent doom at Crater Lake and yes it really is that blueI think Stephenson is optimistic than most and his presumptions about the level of on the ground conflict and pure lunacy are out of line with what we know about humans He gives only a little thought to deniers but in a country like the USA for example in which a uarter of the population does not believe in evolution in which the Republican base clings to beliefs that would make L Ron Hubbard scream for mercy in which Texas lunatics of both the tinfoil hat and elected variety I know no real difference there persuade themselves that a military exercise is a federal invasion there would be a lot going on denier wise than Stephenson projects All theoretical of course but do you really think that in the time remaining that birthers and those who believe the Apollo moon landing was a hoax would not make use of their considerable ordnance to make life even miserable for those with brains?Neal StephensonThe book is divided into three parts although it breaks down into smaller chapter chunks The first takes us from the initial event to the beginning of the end of Earth a

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SevenevesSurvivors remainFive thousand years later their progeny seven distinct races now three billion strong embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time Eart Seveneves 600 pages of infodumping leaves little room for plot developmentOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI must be developing an immunity to the Kool Aid that Neal Stephenson serves his fans Snow Crash and Crytonomicon are two of my favorite books but I was lukewarm towards The Diamond Age and then hit a wall with Anathem So when I heard he was coming out with Seveneves and that the plot was much like traditional “hard” SF than his earlier cyberpunk steampunk nanotech cryptography technothriller works I wasn’t sure I’d like it But really there’s only one way to know if you like a book or not – you have to read it for yourselfBasically when you have over 900 pages to work with you can dedicate hundreds of pages to detailed world building and still have plenty of time for complex characterizations and a very extensive plot You’d think that was enough for any author but we’re talking about Neal Stephenson here His infodumps can bring even the most dedicated geeks to their knees and that is what his die hard fans are looking for I didn’t mind his infodumps in Cryptonomicon since they were interesting in their own right but I was completely defeated by the esoteric mathematic and philosophical discussions of Anathem which I found extremely tedious In Seveneves the infodumps essentially constitute the first 500 600 pages Once we know that the moon has been destroyed and then surface of the Earth will be inundated with meteorites in the first paragraph Stephenson then decides that the best way to further the story is to describe in painstaking detail every single technological and engineering difficulty that humanity will face The amount of research he has done is stupendous and he clearly admires Neil de Grasse Tyson who appears in barely fictional form He throws a bunch of scientists and astronauts into the unwanted role of being humanity’s only hope of survival Despite the book length he doesn’t devote any time to the fate of the seven billion members of humanity who have been handed a death sentence Instead we are treated to chapter after chapter dedicated to problems of geosynchronous orbits propellant limitations tiny meteor strikes artificial habitats etc etcFor me the first two thirds of the book were really heavy going Even thought Stephenson introduces a long list of characters it’s hard to get into their innermost thoughts despite the dire situation facing them As crisis follows crisis the odds get and insurmountable There are plenty of fascinating details but the pace of progress is really slow Finally humanity finds itself down to just seven women or “seveneves” With extinction looming these women must make a momentous decision on how to survive Their council sets the stage for the creation of seven races of humans that evolve from themFast forwarding 5000 years the story finally brings us to the part that I was actually interested in the resettling and terraforming of the Earth after the meteorite storm And when he does start to describe the new races of humanity each descended from the original Seveneves the scenario is well described and such a contrast to the dire straights of the first two thirds of the book Here Stephenson is again in his element giving us a well constructed future society with complex interactions There is a huge amount of potential here for a multi volume far future epic about terraforming the Earth along the lines of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy The big problem is that we have already had to slog through 600 pages just to reach this point and now have only 300 pages left to establish the new far future scenario and actually incorporate a viable plot that can be wrapped up in that short spanUnfortunately just like in The Diamond Age Stephenson again runs out of pages to deliver a satisfactory storyline after a