- Title: Macroscope
- Author: Piers Anthony
- ISBN: 9780380002092
- Page: 209
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
Macroscope Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty first century By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelievMacroscope Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty first century By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelievable tool brought the whole universe of wonders to man s doorstep The macroscope was seen by many as the salvation of the human race But in the hands of the wrong man, the macroscope could be immensely destructive infinitely dangerous than the nuclear bomb By searching to know too much, man could destroy the very essence of his mind This is the powerful story of man s struggle with technology, and also the story of his human struggle with himself This novel takes us across the breathtaking ranges of space as well as through the most touching places in the human heart It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love It is the story of man s desperate search for a compromise between his mind and his heart, between knowledge and humanity.
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In case my 5 star rating is insufficient to persuade you to try this book, I prepared the following comparison scale to chart the exact amount of awesomeness contained in the story. 5.0 Stars. I think we all have those books that we absolutely love that just never seem to get the attention that we are feel deep down in our giblets they deserve. I call these my literary babies. Well this is one of my babies**. ** I have previously reviewed two others Liege-Killer and Heroes Die which I am mention [...]
There's this trope you come across every now and then in science-fiction books which annoys the hell out of anyone who's actually interested in language. You have some supergenius type who's supposed to know everything, and the way the author chooses to show you how clever they are is to have them demonstrate their knowledge of a word in some more or less obscure language.There was a fine example in Babel-17, which I reread last month. Rydra Wong, the gorgeous supergenius poet and linguist, has [...]
One of the worst science fiction books I've ever read. Hard to follow, clumsy language, ridiculous dialogue, long and interminably boring tangents into astrology there isn't much to like here. The central mystery of the book was just compelling enough to get through to the end, but the revelation wasn't all that satisfying and the denouement was very bland.
Here is a review that I posted on in Dec. 2004:"I am rereading this book after a number of years, having first read it some time in the mid 1970's. Again I find that it is one of those books that changes how one thinks about things, and a work that can be appreciated on multiple levels.First, it can change one's view of what's possible within the genre of science fiction. It impressively weaves a tapestry from such diverse threads as music, mathematics, classic American literature, philosophy, [...]
More than thirty years after I first read this book, the exposition and environmental lectures at the beginning are a bit dull, but otherwise it is just as wonderful as when I first read it. So much for people who claim that you can't write technology-based sf anymore - you just need to have enough imagination to come up with something new and different.
Storyline: 2/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 2/5World: 4/5How did so many good ideas turn out so abysmally? I admit, at the beginning I was a little dispirited. "Oh, another mysterious character on the run from shadowy organizations" I had no need to revisit one of those novels again. But then it turned out to be a poorly constructed hook, a badly envisioned starting point designed to get the reader elsewhere - to the macroscope. And the macroscope was very much a place worth going. There's a pla [...]
Ever read a 20 year old sci-fi book in 1989 at the age of 19 while under the influence of hallucinogens on a regular basis, then spend the next twenty plus years remembering it as this mind blowing experience? No? You're lucky. I came across a copy of this at an estate sale and was so excited to read it again, remembering it as this amazing book that had so much to say about the universe and how it worked. While I respect other novels by Piers Anthony, the reality is that this was a rambling, se [...]
I agree with Stephen. nuff said.
The setup had potential, but there were so many problems with this book that I never got a chance to enjoy reading it. * Several times the writer pretends to answer a logical problem he has created in the story by spouting a bunch of real science and then assuming the problem answered. That really gets on my nerves. This also means the whole concept of the Macroscope became too hard to believe in. Ironically, if he had simply not given any (lengthy) explanations of how it worked, it would have b [...]
The world is in decay with only a few decadent people on top. A few top scientists have created a 'macroscope', allowing them to deeply observe things at great distance, even peer through solid objects. But something is wrong, the technology is boobytrapped. d then they go romping through space.There are parts that I enjoy in this book: discussions of science, exploration into different alien cultures couched from a human perspective, ways in which other civilizations might interact based on dir [...]
When I read Macroscope as a teenager it took my breath away. I reread it as an adult and wondered what originally impressed me so much. I suspect I'll read it at least once again to make a final decision. Could be that I lost something as I grew older. Perhaps I'll find it again.
20 лет прошло, а еще штырит.
I enjoy other Piers Anthony books more; however, I love what he's done with identity here and that was worth the whole read for me. The beginning was hard to master, but eventually I got sucked in.
[Summary review]:What I liked about it: -- The ever-green topic of Earth contacting ET civilizations and the implications, thereof! This novel provides some amount of elaboration on the different forms & levels that inter-civilizational communication and exchange might take, based on the maturity of those civilizations.-- The timelessness of the novel. Written in circa 1970, hardly any of it seems dated even today, if you discount some fairly recent events such as our discovery of exo-planet [...]
A Wild Soup of Sprouts, Genius, and Astrology: A long, long time ago when the world was young and Anthony was a fresh new face in the science fiction world, he blessed us with works of power, incredible imagination, great originality, depth and meaning. This is one of those very early works, and by some measures it may be his best, or very nearly so, standing with his Chthon and Orn as a seminal work that introduced ideas that are still fresh and very different from the standard run-of-the-mill [...]
From a general summary of Macroscope, you might get the impression that Piers Anthony took the "throw everything in but the kitchen sink" approach. After all, the book is bursting with ideas and oddities. Just some its component elements include astrology, ancient history, Sidney Lanier's poetry, a grand history of a multifarious universe, and the wars it endured, mind destroying beams, a project to create genetically perfect geniuses. And on From these few sentences alone, you might think it a [...]
I started reading this primarily for research purposes: something to do with language that destroyed language, like a snow crash. However, I was pleased with this entry in classic scifi, and thought it far superior to Anthony's other work (incarnations of immortality series). However I had trouble getting by the main character's (intentionally) dull presence, and his slightly overcooked sexist views of another main character. Thankfully this archaic attitude declines as the plot chugs along towa [...]
I was told that Piers Anthony writes silly sci-fi, which I've never read before. Then I ran into a couple of his works at a thrift store and thought I'd give them a try. This is the first one I started reading, and boy was it surprising! This is not a silly book, and ended up becoming one of my all-time favorite sci-fi reads. Macroscope is so creative, well spun, and perfectly paced that once the ball got rolling it was really hard to put it down.So apparently Piers Anthony deserves some serious [...]
I'm most familiar with Piers Anthony from his light-hearted fantasy series Xanth that I read as a youngling nerd, so it was very interesting to read this early, much more serious and ambitious science fiction novel of his. I would like to give it four stars for the many cool ideas in it (using planets and moons as spaceships to punch through hyperspace; an intergalactic signal that if you're intelligent enough to understand leads you down an inevitable logical chain that burns your brain out, lo [...]
This probably deserved another star, but I just wasn't in the mood for some of it.The concept of the macroscope really got my interest. The ending was also quite amazing. The high gravity adaptation and FTL travel methods were a little over the top for me, but interesting nonetheless.I got very bogged down in the astrology and dream-sequences.If you liked the galactic alien civilization parts, you might like The Genesis Quest, Second Genesis or Startide Rising.
Really quite terrible, which is why it took me so long to finish.It starts with an interesting premise, explaining the device described in the first Hugo winning novel, The Knew They Were Right. The device being the macroscope. From there it becomes a "big" SF story a la The Lensmen. People are terraforming moons, making epic instantaneous space journeys, and mastering new physics.What stinks:The Tarzan problem, people "just get it," from mastering alien machinery to playing musical instruments. [...]
Interesting and quite enjoyable. Some scientists come across a signal from outer space that appears to be a instruction manual containing all of the knowledge from multiple extrasolar civilizations. But there is a problem - a destroyer signal causes anyone who tries to view the information is turned into a virtual vegetable. Enter Ivo, a young man who had been part of an experiment to create ultrasmart humans. He figures out how to access the data. Afterward, circumstances dictate that he and fo [...]
Loose and rambling with annoying stereotypical characters that made me think it was written in the 1950s when women were only either good wives or good-for-now. It also struggles with identity, starting in pseudo noir then fumbling ineptly into the fantastic, finally coming out crudely and unsatisfyingly scrambled.If this had been the first book by Piers Anthony I had read, I would never pick up another of his books. I love science-fiction. Love fantasy, the absurd, the fantastic. Macroscope bel [...]
I liked the style of writing of this book as well as the characters. The concept was something so unusual. I'm trying not to give too much away about the story, but for me it was in parts similar to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide (I guess as far as time-travel and the unexpected goes). I read it many, many years ago and would love to get a copy and read it again. I remember some good references to astrology, which resonated with me when I read it. I must have been about 18 I'm guessing.Will t [...]
I'm not far in to it yet, partly because the formatting of the Kindle version is sub-par and partly because I'm incredibly allergic to the portrayal of Afra, Penthouse Pet to the Mensa Set. Every time she reappears and I have to hear again about what she's wearing and how Ivo can't breathe, he's so in awe of her beauty, I have to put the book down again for four days.17/6/12: I finally finished! And then I made the mistake of reading the afterword to the Kindle edition. 30% of that afterword is [...]
This is a novel of really big ideas and creative flourishes but did I enjoy it? No. Here's the problem: for the first half of this long novel, the characters do little more than talk. For the second half, stuff happens but the plot is all over the place. This is stream of consciousness plotting, and it gets seriously irritating. I loved the vastness of the concepts but I hated the clumsy presentation. It's a painful example of an author who has great ideas but lacks the technical skills to pres [...]
The first half of this was better than I expected, which just made the second half more of a disappointment, I think. The very beginning was confusing, but once I got into it, I found it quite fast-paced, until I hit the final showdown. And then things kind of fell apart. I didn't particularly care for the way he handled that whole thing. Also, the entire book is laced with sexism, homophobia, and racism, so there's that. It could have been worse, considering when it was written, but it certainl [...]
Back when Piers Anthony used to concentrate all of his ideas in one single novel rather than spreading them out over a 19 book series he wrote Macroscope. Then he probably signed a megabook deal and novels like this no longer made economic sense for him. That's my suspicion anyways. There's some weird pop70s new age culture in here towards the end -- most of Anthony's novels seem to be vulnerable to these ideas, but on the whole most of htis book is just brilliant science fiction. I've never rea [...]
I never read much of Anthony's sci-fi when I was on a Xanth kick in my teens, so I missed this one. An acquaintance in my book club recommended it to me recently, and I'm glad he did: the story was compelling, the central reveal in the book was excellent, and the various aliens and their technology were sufficiently weird that they even stand out now.The dated portrayal of women and relationships was pretty irksome, and that's pretty common in older sci-fi. The book is certainly a product of its [...]
This would be getting one star if the ideas in it weren't so interesting. The book itself is both racist, sexist, and homophobic. And I know, I know it's a product of its time but that doesn't make it any more pleasant to read. I spent half the book wondering if Anthony had ever really talked to a woman and the other half knowing he hadn't. So I guess if you don't mind women who are written like they're from some alien species there are some good parts to Macroscope I just don't think they're wo [...]
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