From the author of Agressor Six comes the story of human colonists on a pioneer planet who discover an intriguing alien mineral. Scientists from Earth travel 40 light years to investigate and encounter something far more interesting--aliens who can withstand the incredible conditions of a black hole....
|Title||:||Flies from the Amber|
|Number of Pages||:||299 Pages|
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Flies from the Amber Reviews
Miners in the Malhelan system discover a new crystal. They name it centrokrist and send a message to Earth to get researchers. Forty years later Earth receives the message and in eighty years the Introspectia arrives, bringing Tomus and Yezu who are going to study the structure and formation of centrokrist, Jhoe a sociologist who is taking the opportunity to study this culture that's been separated from Earth, along with other passengers and the crew. When Introspectia enters the system tech officer Miguel Barta notices some gravitational irregularities in Solece, a black hole in a distant orbit.There is a reception for the arriving starship. Jhoe goes to the surface, Tom and Yezu go to where the original deposit, now mined out, was found, and the ship head toward Solece to get more data. The ship then heads to Lacigo-Malsoto another black hole that has the same centrokrist eggs orbiting it. There they find some of the ellipsoids emerging. Captain Chelsea initiates the alien contact protocols.The overlying plot is the mystery of the crystals and possible aliens. It's being looked at from several angles. The scientists, Tom and Yezu, looking into the properties of the crystals. The crew trying to make first contact. Jafre, president of Unua, trying to keep his people safe. Luna, manager of the power grid, having her own emergencies. A couple of romances. Some ulterior motives. All good. There is quite a bit mentioned about the relativistic properties associated with the black holes. It's a little heavy, but it flows with the story.Fun, quick read. I especially liked the scenes with Miguel and Beth, though it was all very good.
I'm a big fan of McCarthy's writing: His "Queendom of Sol" cycle (starting with Collapsium, then Wellstone, Lost in Translation, and To Crush the Moon) are fantastic far-future space-fantasy with kewl real-world science. Bloom is a nifty hard-sci bio-punk in the vein of Linda Nagata's works... but this one really didn't gel for me.While the hard-sci aspects of this were solid (dealing with near-lightspeed travel and ultradense matter), I found it hard to find a single character with whom I could sympathize: The miner who can't stand his life, the scientist whines continuously about how his marriage is lost to a century-long voyage, the womanizing sociolgist... they're all pathetic. And misogynist. Every character's encounter with a woman is based around the potential for sex.And all this is aside from the fact that the mcguffins of the story never pan out into a satisfactory resolution (a sequel might illuminate, but one does not appear to be forthcoming).McCarthy's website indicates that this is his all-time bestseller... and I can't figure why. Go read Collapsium, it's much, much better.
Old fashioned space opera. The big ideas made the read more enjoyable to me. The idea of entities which can maneuver their space craft on the horizon of a black hole is intriguing. I would have liked to know more about those creatures whose story is so important to the book.It was an interesting idea that most people live over 100, so people who are in their 20s are considered irresponsible kids. The only criticism I have for the book is the romances. All the romantic relationships seemed to mirror each other. Next time the author should write variety into his romances. This book is suitable for anyone high school and older. Very hard science oriented, so beware.
I don't even pretend to keep up with the science in McCarthy's science fiction. I'm usually hanging on by a thread. But with each of his books, a thread is all you need. It is inevitably a glance at the future that is always fascinating. I console myself by imagining traveling back a hundred years and attempting to explain how my cell phone works, ("... By pushing this button!"). In the meantime, I'll just read another one of McCarthy's imaginative journeys.
I'm afraid I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I'd previously read a book by him called "Bloom," which was fantastic. This one started out great as well, with a cool mystery and lots of good scientific stuff. But the problem is that it became very very slow, and after the mystery was revealed, we didn't really get to know more about it. There was virtualy no action or tension, and the characters, while good, weren't able to carry the weight of a novel length work by themselves.
Wil McCarthy is a very engaging and imaginative writer. "Flies from the Amber" is one of his earlier books from 15 years ago. "To Crush the Moon" and "Collapsium" are even better, but this early book is solid and both fun and serious at the same time. I hope he starts writing again soon.