Blue Remembered Earth

Blue Remembered Earth BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across than ten thousand years of future history out beyond the solar system into interstellar space and th

  • Title: Blue Remembered Earth
  • Author: Alastair Reynolds
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  • Page: 396
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  • BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across than ten thousand years of future history out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, diBLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across than ten thousand years of future history out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society.One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin.But Geoffrey s family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey s grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked well, blackmailed, really to go up there and make sure the family s name stays suitably unblemished But little does Geoffrey realise or anyone else in the family, for that matter what he s about to unravel.Eunice s ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything.Or shatter this near utopia into shards

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    1. Much fuss in the SF publishing world has been made about the fact that in 2009 Alastair was given a large sum of money, allegedly £1 million, with his British publishers for ten books to be published over the next ten years. Though the steam-punky Terminal World was published in 2010, it seems that much of this advance was connected to this series, a hard SF tale of the emergence of Africa in the 22nd century as a superpower group of nations and Earth’s transcendence to the stars.My initial t [...]

    2. This book is Reynolds take on The Lion King. Or so was my initial impression after listening to the Audible sample where the narration is accompanied by sweet African background music that had me humming some rendition of “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight”No no no no noooo! What is happening! This is not gothic space opera. This doesn't even have John Lee as narrator. What is the universe coming to!? Suffice to say, I did not spend a credit on the audio version. It s [...]

    3. Excellent novel that left me tearful, but perhaps not for the traditional reasons. There are certain sci-fi ideas that always kick my ass, and one of them are stories about how the stars open up. I certainly got very emotional by the end of this novel, and that might have been a little more surprising, had someone asked me how the novel was shaping up by the half-way mark. It had become a scavenger hunt with interesting elements, and that's fine and fun, but I hadn't expected the huge consequenc [...]

    4. 5 starsI have been a huge fan of Alastair Reynolds for a long time thanks to his incredible Revelation Space series. Blue Remembered Earth is a very different type of novel from the series mentioned. This is a science fiction light novel told only the way that Alastair Reynolds can do it. This is an accessible starting point to those new to the masterful author. Blue Remembered Earth is tailored for a much larger audience as the science fiction is merely another character in the story, and not t [...]

    5. Imaginative at times, but mostly plays out like a game of cat and mouse that eventually has no bearing whatsoever on the overarching plot of the story.There are many cool ideas buried in here (A planet found bearing signs of artificial life, for example!), but 98% of the story revolves around the politics of a few family members. I didn't exactly find this riveting, or even particularly entertaining.I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that Alastair Reynolds has managed to produce [...]

    6. I have mixed feelings about this one. Used to the immense depicted universe in Revelation Space series, this one felt too real and airtight. And the focus is changed from technological wonders, enhanced humans and a vastness almost incomprehensible to a mystery story, action driven and family dispute. It has its wonders (it wouldn’t be AR’s work otherwise) but they’re nowhere near the ones from the other novels.The writing is as beautiful as in all the others I have read so far but, given [...]

    7. Although this took a while to get going for me, Blue Remembered Earth was a very good book with some hard science. I didn't quite get all the physics, but it was still an interesting and enjoyable read.Reviewed for Bitten by Books. bittenbybooks.

    8. Actual rating: 2.5 stars.A potboiler with a humanity-spreads-its-wings theme, filled with hard sic-fi babble about nanotech and human/machine interfacing. The future societies and governments Reynolds describes are quite creepy, built around pervasive electronic surveillance of the population backed up by psycho-mechanical limits on individual human behavior: solar system-wide communitarianism gone mad. There is one small surveillance-free zone on the dark side of the Moon, and, frankly, I found [...]

    9. "Blue Remembered Earth" is the first of a new series, Poseidon's Children, by Alastair Reynolds. Unlike his previous work in the Revelation Space series, this book is set in the Solar System. The main events of the book happen in the mid 22nd century as imagined by Mr. Reynolds. The book is also a departure in style from his previous work. It is lighter and more optimistic than any of the books in the Revelation Space series. The work is more character driven and has fewer information dense "har [...]

    10. as I plan to have the full FBC rv in a day, just a few comments so farI liked it quite a lot though I liked In the Mouth of Whale more as i thought the Reynolds novel a bit too long for its content, while the characters do not come as distinguished as they could, especially Geoffrey and Sunday.There is a lot of great stuff though - the world building top notch, Africa as a major power comes off naturally and pitch perfect, the Aquatics, the Moon, the Martians, the Mech, the AI phobia of the soci [...]

    11. There are better five-star books, but that didn't stop me. It's large, jammed with ideas, and tells an engaging story. Most of all, I enjoyed reading it. It would be unfortunate to expect this to be like other Reynolds works. It's more like a book from one of the established stars of 30 years ago. I've read a lot of those, and maybe that's why I liked this. What Reynolds adds is a wonderful casualness about all the whizbang technology, and an offsetting realism in areas where there has NOT been [...]

    12. What a thoroughly enjoyable story. From the respect of science, through the centering on Africa and China to the positing of how a world would be shaped by a loss of privacy and the experience of surviving catastrophe, I find very little unpleasant in Blue Remembered Earth. In fact at the moment I can think of nothing. It is. Mystery and adventure story with robots spaceships, intrigue and murder. And while you may guess certain points along the way it will surprise you often. Read it.

    13. A quieter novel than Reynolds previous books but a very good read. Every journey that the 2 main characters take has a very real, natural texture and feels perfectly possible.

    14. I have to date read all of Alistair Reynolds books (at least I think I have, he is after all rather prolific). So. I'm a fan. I've always seen him as slightly uneven though, and although a brilliant story-teller, not always the perfect craftsman, and his characterization leaves at times things to which for. (Usual self-repeat: I won't cover the story in this review, plenty of others do). So let's start with the major let down: characterization. The main character (Geoffrey) starts out a whining [...]

    15. Honestly i believe Reynolds to be one of the greatest sci-fi writers of the last decade. His twin astrophysicists countryman; Peter Hamilton -the other. And so it came to a shock with how bored I was with Blue Remembered Earth. The beautiful imagination that shaped his other classics seems gone as Reynolds has the reader follow his boring character through a fated life in the near future where Africa is an interstellar powerhouse. Gone too is the hard science that made Reynolds universe so beaut [...]

    16. Let's start with the good:1. Reynolds follows his usual, measured approach to technological advancement to some interesting ends.2. There are a dearth of books that start with humanity puttering around the solar system that don't have people warping or worm-holing across the galaxy by chapter 4.3. Giving the nature of the trilogy the next book may be much better.Now the bad:I found the book to just be meh with lots of components that seem poorly planned or undeveloped. The characters are more cl [...]

    17. It took me a really long time to slog through this book. There's a lot of good ideas here buried under boring, reactive characters and an annoying scavenger hunt of a plot.Blue Remembered Earth takes place 100 or so years in the future. Africa has become a leader in technology and space exploration. I appreciate a different view on the future but Alastair Reynolds somehow made solar system travel, genetic enhancements, and space ships boring. This book is soporific. If you can't sleep, read this [...]

    18. Engaging mystery, satisfying payoff, terrific worldbuilding- especially enjoyed the different factions: aquatic, moon, terran, evolvarium. But that couldn't outweigh my dislike for the two main characters. Sunday was self absorbed, Geoffrey was a wimp. Character development aside, what really irritated the shit out of me was how *reactive* they were. They accepted financial and operational help from various parties knowing full well there were strings attached the aid but trotted off with nary a [...]

    19. When, about halfway through this book, I realized its similarities to 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, I hoped this would be better. It wasn't but at least I finished this book. Its clear that I'm not a fan of the niche science fiction sub-genre of "the grandchild following the dead grandmother's clues around the solar system, while taking in the technological wonders humans have created".

    20. First of a projected trilogy, with the second available in hardback at the time of writing. THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT ' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here:arbieroooklikes/post/69

    21. rantingdragon/review-oBlue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds’ latest novel, is everything its mesmerizing title and equally captivating cover promises: a utopian science fiction novel showcasing an optimistic daydream of our future one hundred and fifty years from now, where our grandchildren have battled global warming head on and turned the world into a better place for all.Exorbitant daydreamingI say daydream because, ultimately, that is what Blue Remembered Earth is: Reynolds’ daydream [...]

    22. Read my share of technical papers, as part of the day job. Concise, spare expositions that have data, assumptions, analysis and conclusions, all within the 7 page length limit. And I'll admit, sometimes my mind has wandered, placing these in stories fleshed with human participants and human emotions. One way to find more meaning in the cool things that science makes.I'm back in that place, listening to the audiobook version of Blue Remembered Earth. Lots of cool stuff --- golem personalities, ne [...]

    23. Overall I quite liked this first book in the Poseidon's Children series. Despite being a bit too well padded, Blue Remembered Earth is one of Reynolds' better novels. I very much appreciate the way he focuses on Earth a bit more in this novel, as a starting point for what undoubtedly will develop into a deep space adventure later on in the series. The plot itself may be a bit weak but in other respects the novel has a lot to offer to the reader. It's probably a book that requires a bit of patien [...]

    24. Great environments, pacing, cool future tech, and an interesting family mystery. The thing Reynolds does so well in creating sci-fi scenarios is that amidst the tech jargon (which he doesn't info dump) he crafts narratives that are fluid and easily readable. Looking forward to book two.

    25. I don’t hardly ever give 5 stars to a work of fiction, but I’ve done it at least three times this year and here’s another. I selected this book because I had a free book coming to me and I got sold on the write-up describing this as the first in a new series that would span a thousand years or so of a family’s history; I had just finished the Earth’s Children series, and I am a very strong fan of David Webber’s Safehold series, so this seemed a natural step. This novel spans more tha [...]

    26. A great piece of Hard SF that keeps 'inside the lines' of the usual Space Opera tech tropes: no FTL or post-scarcity, transhuman society here, just perfectly plausible science your high school Physics teacher would approve. The magic comes in the human element of a family unraveling a long-held secret from the recently deceased family matriarch. Nowhere are our allies closer or enemies as ruthless as in our own families, and Reynolds' protagonists find themselves squaring off with their own cous [...]

    27. Amazing. As good as Reynolds' House of Suns, but on the scale of the Solar System rather than the galaxy. I think Reynolds is my second favourite sci-fi author, after Kim Stanley Robinson. It's pretty obvious where the treasure hunt is leading, but it's well worth the ride.So many ideas in this! Sphinxware! Phyletic dwarf elephants on the moon! And socialized by connecting them to African herds using VR. Enhanced computer mind-to-mind contact between humans and elephants! The Evolvarium(view spo [...]

    28. This is by far the most disappointing book I've read by an otherwise brilliant author. In over 500 pages, nothing actually happens - there's a wild goose around the solar system that doesn't seem to accomplish anything, ending in a 'big reveal' that is vague and uninteresting. There is none of the brilliant imagination, sympathetic characters, or pure moments of grotesque horror that normally make anything by Reynolds a must-read. Much of the book is set in Africa, but bizarrely Reynolds admits [...]

    29. Well this was an epic and a half. It did take me a little while to get into it, especially with all the new and inventive advances throughout the story (literally taking people to the moon and beyond!) but once I did (after around 200 pages) I was hooked. The story takes one turn after another, driven by Eunice, who I absolutely loved depsite the fact she was technically dead, as she sends her family on a quest of her own design. I also liked how this was reflected in the elephant herd that Geof [...]

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