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Vanishing Point par Michaela Roessner
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Vanishing Point (original 1993; édition 1993)

par Michaela Roessner

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"It Happened one night, suddenly, without warning: 90% of the human race disappeared without a trace. Vanished, never to be seen again. There were no portents, no notes, no bodies, no clue as to where they went or whether they would ever come back again. People woke to find their lovers no longer beside them. Children woke to find their parents missing, parents woke to empty cribs. Neighbors found empty houses, empty apartment buildings." "Civilization collapsed." "After a few months of violence spawned by fear and rage, a measure of peace was restored in the Bay Area. Enclaves formed and established defense pacts against the wandering bands of fanatics. They set about surviving, renewing contact with the rest of the world, establishing trading ties with each other, and trying to discover what had caused the Vanishing." "Now, thirty years after the Disappearance, Dr. Easterman is coming across the continent from the Carnegie Institute to work with the Hackers Center in Silicon Valley, continuing a promising line of research on what caused the cataclysmic event. At the House, where a community of survivors has made a good life while continuing to build the Winchester Mansion, a young woman named Renzie is in the middle of the political struggles between various groups in the Valley." "And up in the Oakland Hills a huge band of Heaven Bounders is gathering. The 'Bounders believe that the Vanishing was Judgement Day, and the Vanished have ascended to heaven. They believe that the only thing holding back their own salvation is the disbelief of others - disbelief that is manifested in building houses and growing food. If those others were dead, the Heaven Bounders believe, then Judgement would be fulfilled, and they would join their loved ones in Heaven."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Vanishing Point
Auteurs:Michaela Roessner
Info:Tor Books (1993), Edition: 1st Tor ed, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Vanishing Point par Michaela Roessner (1993)

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Good book. Damned good book. One of the best ones I've read in awhile. The way the author builds the post apocalyptic world makes you feel like you're there with the main character.

I love the way she described the world developing after the Vanishing ,and how people pulled together in different groups; some to help each other, and some hellbent on destroying the others.

The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is the predictability. Within the first 3 chapters you can pretty much see what's going to happen with a lot of the characters.

The ending isn't predictable, so that came as a complete surprise. I also love the fact that if the author chooses to do so, she can continue stories in this world by picking up side characters, or even going on with the main characters who can have future adventures. If you're into post apocalyptic stories that don't focus on a Dystopian future, pick up this book. Read it, then read it again to see the stuff you missed the first time through. ( )
  tebyen | May 27, 2020 |
I got the ebook in an Amazon deal last year, thinking I hadn't read it. When I started reading it, I realised I had; but whether I formerly owned it or borrowed it from the library I can't remember. It's currently in an Amazon deal at the moment.

The story is set in the Winchester Mystery House 30 years after 90% of humanity has inexplicably vanished, and follows a group of survivors and their offspring resident in the House. It's a bit of an odd story - you start out thinking it's a standard post-apocalyptic survivor story but it soon veers into a time slip / parallel universe story as one of the threads deals with trying to find out exactly what happened. To me, it's a bit Primeval meets Time Storm (Gordon R Dickson). Others may see it as being more like S M Stirling's Dies The Fire series (but without the SCA involved and electricity still works).

I still can't decide whether I like the story or not; it's not hard SF by any means and I didn't find it very compelling. At least as an ebook it doesn't take up space on my overloaded shelves.
  Maddz | Aug 6, 2017 |
This was ok but not a real stand-out read for me. Quite a large cast of characters left me not fully connected with any of them. The meta-physical alternate-reality stuff was also rather unfocused. In a fantasy world, (Zelany's Amber, for instance), I am more able to accept that type of thing. When it is being sold as pseudo-science/physics, it needs to be better explained if I am going to go along for the ride. Brasyl by Ian McDonald comes to mind as a SFnal world built on more solid underpinnings than the one found in Vanishing Point. ( )
  ScoLgo | Oct 31, 2016 |
Thirty years ago, 90 percent of the world's population suddenly vanished in the middle of the night, and those who are left are still searching for the cause as well as trying to move on from the catastrophe.

This one was a mixed bag for me. Here's what I enjoyed: It had a strong sense of place, making particularly good use of the well-known Winchester Mystery House and the surrounding environs. The characters were well-done and believable people. It presents a more benevolent view of post-apocalyptic society than most books in the genre, offering a vision of a rather attractive communal society; yes, there are threats, but humankind has not devolved utterly in the face of catastrophe. Solving the mystery of why everyone vanished (no spoilers!) keeps the story moving.

Here's what I didn't enjoy: I found the writing very choppy and in need of editing; in many places, it felt like an early draft rather than a polished work. This is science fiction, and the science seemed--to me, at least, without a lot of technical knowledge of these things--very hand-wavey; I wanted to believe, but a lot of it sounded like gobbledygook. The pacing felt off, too slow at the beginning and then so fast at the end that it was somewhat hard to follow.

So a middling book, likely underread but of interest to those who have plowed through all the well-known titles in the post-apocalyptic genre. ( )
  sturlington | Jul 26, 2016 |
This book kept me up late reading and I was sorry to see it end, I would like to read a sequel to see what becomes of the characters. It is a rarity in the science fiction world: a novel with well-developed characters with believable motives and a realistic look at love and relationships.

Thirty years after most of the world’s population disappeared, a band of survivors inhabiting the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California try to find the cause of the catastrophe and rebuild a society despite the depredations of kamikaze cult members out to destroy them. The author makes you feel as if you are as much a part of the house as the characters who live there, I definitely have added a visit to my “bucket list”. The ending of the book brought to mind Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
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"It Happened one night, suddenly, without warning: 90% of the human race disappeared without a trace. Vanished, never to be seen again. There were no portents, no notes, no bodies, no clue as to where they went or whether they would ever come back again. People woke to find their lovers no longer beside them. Children woke to find their parents missing, parents woke to empty cribs. Neighbors found empty houses, empty apartment buildings." "Civilization collapsed." "After a few months of violence spawned by fear and rage, a measure of peace was restored in the Bay Area. Enclaves formed and established defense pacts against the wandering bands of fanatics. They set about surviving, renewing contact with the rest of the world, establishing trading ties with each other, and trying to discover what had caused the Vanishing." "Now, thirty years after the Disappearance, Dr. Easterman is coming across the continent from the Carnegie Institute to work with the Hackers Center in Silicon Valley, continuing a promising line of research on what caused the cataclysmic event. At the House, where a community of survivors has made a good life while continuing to build the Winchester Mansion, a young woman named Renzie is in the middle of the political struggles between various groups in the Valley." "And up in the Oakland Hills a huge band of Heaven Bounders is gathering. The 'Bounders believe that the Vanishing was Judgement Day, and the Vanished have ascended to heaven. They believe that the only thing holding back their own salvation is the disbelief of others - disbelief that is manifested in building houses and growing food. If those others were dead, the Heaven Bounders believe, then Judgement would be fulfilled, and they would join their loved ones in Heaven."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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