Most SF writers write about aliens as if in fact they were merely aliens from another country right here on earth. Not much originality, eh? Well here's the exception to that rule! This book presents what in my experience is the most original and well thought out portrayal of a truly alien intelligence. There are some incredibly smart things Brunner does in this novel. The story is told from the perspective of a world of intelligent aliens as they reach out to discover the universe in which they live. They have to do that in ways that are very different from our own history in details (for example, they live under water where access to the night sky is limited, which puts a crimp in early astronomy), but very similar in the abstract. The similarities arise for the simple reason that the universe in which they live is THE universe. The message here is deep & subtle & important: reality is what it is, & no matter what kind of body you have, no matter what specific environmental niche you occupy, if you are smart enough to wonder about the world you live in, & clever enough to discover ways to ask your questions well, you will discover the same immutable facts about the nature of things. Brunner shows this without ever giving a lecture or explicitly making the point. It's a story telling tour de force that really puts the science solidly in the center of science fiction
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Life became unpredictable for the people of a doomed world crawling across the rubble-strewn arm of a spiral galaxy. For as their system moved into the galaxy's arm, their star swept up all manner of cosmic debris. The only hope of long-term survival was to abandon the planet, and get out.
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Book Description Arrow, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99348500
Book Description Arrow, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099348500