Wan-To was the oldest and must powerful intelligence in the universe, a being who played with star systems as a child plays with marbles. Matter occupied so tiny a part of his vast awareness that humans were utterly beneath his notice.
The colonists of Newmanhome first suffered the effects of Wan-To's games when their planet's stars began to shift, the climate began to cool down, and the colony was forced into a desperate struggle to survive.
Viktor Sorricaine was determined to discover what force had suddenly sent his world hurtling toward the ends of the universe. And the answer was something beyond the scope of his imagination - even if he lived for 4000 years...
©1990 Frederik Pohl (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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I thought the ending was a little weak, I was sad to find that the author has passed away, and didn't leave a series.
I have read a plot line similar to this in Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. Relativistic effects and deep time in general are such interesting topics so the conversations and narration surrounding them were fascinating.
William Dufris doesn't get paid enough ha-ha, I listen to books just because he reads them. In fact, its why I listened to this one.
The different societies and how they evolved became interesting. I think most of these hardcore sci fi authors have a lot of politics and civilization extrapolation built into them. This was no exception. It paints a valid picture of a super modern dark age, and something that couldn't be so far over the horizon from us.
If you're looking for something like what Reynolds writes, this will be a delight.
"puts the science back into fiction"
yes it was a very engaging story I wished it could have gone on for another 15 hours !!
very rich voice easy to listen to in the car great characterisations
no I like to have it there when I'm driving
"love the physics"
an enjoyable romp through time and space... love the astro-physics and nuclear pointy-head posturing, sent me off to touch-up with some nuclear physics concepts (for the eight-year old daughter).
performance was great, i'm a sucker for dufris, having worked through most of scalzi's offerings.
what can i say, i was left wanting more, good work!
"A difficult concept handled well."
Yes. It was thought provoking and interesting.Some books are riveting, this was not a riveting book, and that's ok. I hope you know what I mean, I did want to know what happened next.
Many things. The story was wrapped up very well. It made me think and I really cared about the characters.
It was satisfactory in the main with some parts being annoying, thankfully they did not last too long. Often when the narrator tried other voices it was done professionally but the voice chosen often grated on my nerves. Due to the lack of talent of the narrator he should have stuck to the one voice, and just read the story, not tried to dramatize it.
The end to all life.
I give full credit to Frederik Pohl for succeeding in writing a story that would I think be very difficult for most authors to tackle. A science fiction story that I think ranks up there with the greats. He is to be congratulated.
"It's a slow start, but worth it"
It's a really good story overall, but the beginning is hard to get through. However, the second half is worth the struggle.
"What no sequel?!"
Really like Pohl's stuff and the audio performance was quite good as well. But the plot leaves you waiting for the next big event to happen and Pohl never followed up with Book 2 as far as I know.
"The best SF story ever!"
Frederick Pohl has produced a sweeping saga that extends to the end of the Universe -- and beyond! The narrator does a great job in setting the mood and developing the characters.
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