The opening chapter of an incredible adventure that includes the destruction of Earth by ten thousand relativistic bombs launched by an alien race. This science fiction thriller follows the desperate struggles of the remnants of humankind to survive in a hostile universe.
It's essentially an essay on a possible doomsday scenario. Not a happy novel, but some interesting ideas on how and why an alien intelligence might exterminate us.
The novel struggles to build on its elemental premise, I.e, a space fairing human race is a threat to other civilisations and must be eliminated. Most of the book is ham fisted thrusting of this viewpoint which does little to aid the plot. The authors constantly reiterate the importance of the relativistic bomb in a manner which implies they are proud of it and terribly clever. Such character development as exists consists of long winded anecdotes which serve as little more than mouthpieces for the authors views. I don't buy the absorption bomb idea which is crucial to one plot line. There is a general lack of conclusion but that is acceptable in the context of the story arc. Having said all this the book is still worth reading and raises some interesting questions.
Would you try another book written by George Zebrowski and Charles Pellegrino or narrated by Jay Snyder?
If other books were longer or more complete- then yep
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Flesh it out more - beyond an intriguing premise, it whittles out to nothing. Aliens come - destroy man. Some of man survives. The end.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Any additional comments?
The story flows well but ends abruptly and without a sequel - feels as if it is simply constructed from one idea - the first chapter, where humanity is destroyed. The rest of the book leads up to the reason why and leaves it at that. Quite disappointing.
I have no idea how I missed this one back in the 90's. Let me assure you, it is not dated in any way (except for the dates on a few discoveries that seem not to have occurred!).
It's a profoundly great book that everyone with even a twinkling of interest in speculative fiction should read.
If you haven't yet, then I envy you. I wish they had done a sequel.
The narrator was great. Overall the story was ok. It seemed more like a thought experiment than a story. I was interested in the last quarter of the book and wished the authors had gone into more detail about the alien race.
There were some unrelated excursions from the story, but otherwise excellent scifi audio book. There is thinking be done for those who think ET are good.