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Two months since the stars fell... Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown. Two months of silence, while a world holds its breath. Now some half-derelict space probe, sparking fitfully past Neptune's orbit, hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something closer, somethingen route. So who do you send to force introductions on an intelligence with motives unknown, maybe unknowable? Who do you send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet? You send a linguist with multiple personalities, her brain surgically partitioned into separate, sentient processing cores. You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultrasound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. You send a pacifist warrior in the faint hope she won't be needed, and the fainter one she'll do any good if she is. You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once calledvampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. And you send asynthesist--an informational topologist with half his mind gone--as an interface betweenhereandthere, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge. You send them all to the edge of interstellar space, praying you can trust such freaks and retrofits with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find. But you'd give anything for that to be true, if you only knew what was waiting for them...… (plus d'informations)
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    Eifelheim par Michael Flynn (Waldheri)
    Waldheri: Similar because it also is full of philosophical and scientific concepts, and also has a first-contact theme.
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    Solaris par Stanisław Lem (deTerrence)
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    Légationville par China Miéville (electronicmemory)
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    Le problème à trois corps par Cixin Liu (electronicmemory)
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    The Freeze-Frame Revolution par Peter Watts (electronicmemory)
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    Starfish par Peter Watts (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Classic bleak sci-fi.
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    The Expanse, Tome 1 : L'éveil du Leviathan par James S. A. Corey (electronicmemory)
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    The Best of Edmond Hamilton par Edmond Hamilton (jen.e.moore)
    jen.e.moore: Slightly misanthropic stories about how humanity is not necessarily the apex of creation.
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    Un feu sur l'abîme par Vernor Vinge (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Excellent hard sci-fi which contains concepts which will challenge your mind.
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    Le paidhi par C. J. Cherryh (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two books that push the boundaries on our understanding of what constitutes alien cultures and intelligences.
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This sort of reminded me of the 2nd and 3rd book in the Annihilation trilogy - lots of amazing ideas, but I had a really hard time following some of the narrative and it made me want to see a movie or tv version of it.

There are some really deep, thought-provoking ideas about intelligence, language, consciousness, identity and more but the 1st person perspective and the pacing was so strange that the ideas never flew off the page like I wanted them to and I spent the entire read mildly frustrated.

Also, vampires. And digital heaven. And really crazy world building, maybe I'm not smart enough to comprehend all the science-fiction and science in here.

Weird one. ( )
  hskey | May 31, 2021 |
After hearing this one recommended everyday on Reddit, being a fan of first contact stories and seeing it on the Hugo nominees for it's year, I decided to give it a shot. It's what a lot of people consider "hard sci-fi", but I'm slowly realizing is really just "hard to read" sci-fi. The story is very slow moving, with very little happening, and most of the exploration taking place in the descriptions of events, the types of beings and awareness.

There were a number of interesting ideas presented as well as some interesting characters, but in the end I wasn't able to connect with the story. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
This book is an entry into the very small club of Science Fiction books that successfully portray a first contact scenario with a truly inhuman alien. The jargon is occasionally confusing, but the mysteries remain compelling up until their explanations unfold and the action kicks off. Around the edges of that story is an exploration of what it means to be human, and how that might change as both technology and medicine transform people’s bodies and minds. The human cast of this story has been transformed through various degrees of genetic alteration, cybernetic implants, surgically-produced multiple personalities, and even a partial lobotomy. Oh, and there’s even an honest-to-goodness vampire in this story, with a reasonably plausible scientific explanation behind him.
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  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it. There was nothing about the characters that made me care about them. I didn't like them, but I also didn't hate them . Reading the book was like reading a report from someone observing a mission. Which of course since it was written thru Siri perspective makes sense. It makes sense, but it doesn't make it a good book. The good part of the book is it ask a lot of questions about what makes us human. What is intelligence and how is that determine. If you like hard-science fi you may like this book, but I don't think I am going to be looking for another book by Peter Watts ( )
  klrabbit58 | May 3, 2021 |
Far and away the best thing I've read this year. The various explorations of personality, fractured and whole as well as the ideas of what it means to be alien versus human lite up my imagination in all kinds of ways. Fantastic read. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
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Two months since the stars fell... Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown. Two months of silence, while a world holds its breath. Now some half-derelict space probe, sparking fitfully past Neptune's orbit, hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something closer, somethingen route. So who do you send to force introductions on an intelligence with motives unknown, maybe unknowable? Who do you send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet? You send a linguist with multiple personalities, her brain surgically partitioned into separate, sentient processing cores. You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultrasound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. You send a pacifist warrior in the faint hope she won't be needed, and the fainter one she'll do any good if she is. You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once calledvampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. And you send asynthesist--an informational topologist with half his mind gone--as an interface betweenhereandthere, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge. You send them all to the edge of interstellar space, praying you can trust such freaks and retrofits with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find. But you'd give anything for that to be true, if you only knew what was waiting for them...

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