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Patrick Tilley (1928–2020)

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Inkluderar namnet: Patrick Tilly


Verk av Patrick Tilley

Cloud Warrior (1983) 450 exemplar
First Family (1985) 373 exemplar
Iron Master (1987) 351 exemplar
Blood River (1988) 303 exemplar
Death-Bringer (1989) 297 exemplar
Earth-Thunder (1990) 252 exemplar
Fade-out (1975) 195 exemplar
Mission (1981) 114 exemplar
Dark Visions (1988) 27 exemplar
Xan (1986) 20 exemplar
Wuthering Heights [1970 film] (2001) — Screewriter — 16 exemplar
The People That Time Forgot [1977 film] (1977) — Screenplay — 5 exemplar

Associerade verk

This Slimming Business (1958) — Omslagsformgivare, vissa utgåvor21 exemplar
Drabble Project (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 17 exemplar


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Un extraño artefacto visitó la Tierra porque ha llegado el momento de intervenir.
No es la primera vez que vienen, tampoco será la última.
Ya estuvieron antes y nos dejaron señales que este libro ayuda a interpretar.
Natt90 | 1 annan recension | Dec 2, 2022 |
A quite decent post-apocalypic tale with western overtones. It does however slow quite a bit around the half-way mark.
Its also a very particular western ie. Dances with Wolves, which has been done in sci-fi fashion on other occasions most notably Avatar, although Enemy Mine is similar.
I was one of the few who quite disliked the big film mentioned above, and was actually rooting for the bad guys frankly :P . This however is a better rendition of the story with multiple pretty decent characters.

Ultimately though its still a Chosen One narrative with a lot more ‘magic’ than i was expecting in a sci-fi dystopia and goes very heavy on the predestination which, as usual with prophecy, robs events of a lot of their urgency.

There’s also some minor problems such as some stupid future-speak, although not as bad as the like of the kids from Beyond Thunder Dome.

Finally this one is very much a Book One which comes with its own issues.

Edit: It just occurred to me that this makes an interesting juxtaposition with the Time Machine, where the surface dwellers here are physically repulsive rather than the underground ones but the underground dwellers are still the monstrous ones....
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wreade1872 | 2 andra recensioner | Jul 25, 2022 |
My reactions to reading this novel in 2002.

This is another book I read that allegedly was influenced by Charles Fort. I couldn't see it myself. There is a sort of vague "We're property." flavor about it with talk that man be the result of genetic engineering or visited, a la Erich von Daniken (specifically mentioned), by aliens in the past. However, nothing definite is stated. At novel's end, the purpose of the six alien artifacts (perhaps not even extraterrestrial but always there) is not clear.

Now, there is nothing wrong with an sf story that shows the unknowableness of the alien. But I didn't get the impression that Tilley was seriously trying to do such a story.

This book is a definite creature of the seventies, specifically of the blockbuster thriller variety. The chapters are short, and there is a wealth of characters almost none of them developed to the extent of even the archetypal sort found in sf short stories and certainly not as much as you would expect in a 416 page book. (To be fair, Tilley is capable of some humor now and then.)

The setting is an America concerned about an energy shortage and unemployment and inflation. The President's Cabinet is concerned with the Cold War and, rather stereotypically, the Secretary of Defense is a hawkish sort who seems to irrationally distrust Russia and will brook no trade with China. (To be fair, his suspiciousness of the Russians is partly justified.) Air Force General Mitch Allbright (something of a pun) is apocalyptically fascinated with the nukes under his charge. However, he keeps his apocalyptic desires reined in and heroically is ready to sacrifice himself.

The "scientific concerns" are very much of the seventies. Not only do we have talk of human-dolphin communication and "machine intelligence" and the genetic memory inherent in RNA (discredited as far as I know, at least in humans, but it shows up in seventies sf a fair amount) but also more dubious items like pyramid power, ancient astronauts, and, surprisingly, the medieval notion of the psychological states of women affecting the fetuses they carry. Tilley's ultimate plot is muddled though. It seems that the alien has helped man develop latent psychic powers, put him in touch with a cosmic consciousness which gives him an immortality of sorts (there is a lot here about myths being true) by immersion in it, but it's not explained why the alien has to end technological civilization by eliminating technologically generated electricity. (This reminded me of Frederic Brown's "The Waveries" and the fondly remembered The Day the Machines Stopped by Christopher Anvil, the first sf disaster novel I ever read.)

There is a disturbing notion at novel's end, an end which would be where most sf writers would start the story: that man will be better off having to start over (though it is acknowledged that millions will probably die). Tilley seems to imply that such a reset of civilization will enable us to get things right this time, that we'll play our own music rather than listen to recordings and our scientists won't be so upset by findings that contradict their theories (which is a hackneyed and untrue view of science).

On the other hand, this was in the exploring-the-alien-artifact subgenre that I like, and there are also very few sf novels set in eastern Montana, specifically the fictional locale of Crow Ridge, slightly northwest of Miles City (in which scenes are set). Tilley did a pretty good job briefly describing the area, and it was fun to read a novel set around places I know. But, if it wasn't for those last two items, this novel would have been very disappointing.
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RandyStafford | 1 annan recension | Feb 11, 2014 |
An absolute must-read for human beings!

It's the second coming of Christ, and finally we get the real explanation of God and existence. An amazing Jesus story and the main character's skepticism helps force Jesus to spell things out to the reader.

The amount of research Tilley must have done for this novel is simply staggering.
TheDavisChanger | 3 andra recensioner | Dec 22, 2010 |


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