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Eifelheim

av Michael Flynn

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In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago? In 1348, as the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe, Father Deitrich is the priest of the village that will come to be known as Eifelheim. A man educated in science and philosophy, he is astonished to become the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest.… (mer)
Senast inlagd avChris_Puzak, privat bibliotek, DESTROYandPLUNDER, Steve_Walker, bsanchez44, elusiverica
Efterlämnade bibliotekTim Spalding
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    Domedagsboken av Connie Willis (Ape)
    Ape: Far from identical stories, but both are sci-fi takes on the black death (Eifelheim: Aliens, Doomsday Book: Time Travel.) There are numerous similarities, and I think if you like one the other might be worth looking into.
  2. 10
    The Sparrow av Mary Doria Russell (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Religion/first contact
  3. 10
    Blindsight av Peter Watts (Waldheri)
    Waldheri: Similar because it also is full of philosophical and scientific concepts, and also has a first-contact theme.
  4. 10
    Boken om märkliga nya ting av Michel Faber (sturlington)
    sturlington: Religion and aliens.
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    The Plot to Save Socrates av Paul Levinson (FFortuna)
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    God's Fires av Patricia Anthony (whiten06)
    whiten06: First contact, religious themes, and medieval backdrops.
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A very different First Contact novel, one that sort of works at first glance. This novel is enhanced if you have a basic understanding of Modern science and, also, a basic knowledge of Medieval thought. An excellent basis for this would be to read C.S. Lewis' classic "The Discarded Image", his lectures on intellectual makeup of the medieval and early modern era. The problem with the novel is that it starts to drag toward the end. Also, the modern day characters, who figure out what happened in Eifelheim are not well drawn. Their relationship, their actions, are forced and phony. The lack of their development subtracts from the overall impact of the book. ( )
  Steve_Walker | Sep 13, 2020 |
This is a fantastic hard sci-fi story. It is told in two parts: one part is about an academic couple studying history and physics, the other about an academic mediaval monk whose sleepy village is contacted by aliens. The two stories weave together seamlessly, and I'm a sucker for stories set in academia (I don't know why, Lord knows I hated college). The history is exquisitely researched and the first contact portions raise intriguing questions about the nature of humanity and personhood. ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
An original tale of first contact that starts slowly and improves as it goes on. Thought provoking and tragic. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
In all fairness, I ought to give one or two more stars to this novel for the following reasons.

The sheer amount of research put into the novel to make a complete picture of a small medieval German town and it's surrounding politics, not to mention the great walk-on parts of Occam and the peripheral references to Roger Bacon, made the novel a true tour-de-force.

Mr. Flynn's well-thought out idea behind hyperspace was explored quite thoroughly and also deserves much praise.

Even the basic premise behind the novel, where chivalrous knights meet grasshopper aliens, where priests are successful in converting bug-eyed aliens to christ, and a humanistic treatise on the nature of charity applied equally to the alien and the human during the horrible times of the Black Plague made the novel shine.

Why I am not giving the novel a 4 star or a 5 star is purely upon me. I was bored. It took an awful long time to get through the novel, for me, and I'm generally very forgiving for every text I pick up. I can usually find great things to say about a novel even if I didn't quite like it.

I'm in a different position for this one. I liked it. I liked it quite a lot. Unfortunately, I wanted more action, more reveals, more melodrama, more something that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I would have been as happy with the novel without the present day sequences. Perhaps I would have been more happy with a lot more philosophy shaken in to the situation. These are personal preferences, and I know that's such an obvious thing to say within a review. I want to apologize for not giving the book more stars because I feel like it tried so hard and was brilliant on so many other levels. If I were to say that the novel was technically great, I wouldn't be wrong, but it also drops the hint that something was missing.

Perhaps, in the end, what I was looking for amidst the beautiful detailed description of the world he wrote was something as small and juicy as a theme. Perhaps I just wanted a theme that was beyond the good christian alien.

I really feel guilty. It was good. I just have the feeling that something was missing. Maybe it was me. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Aliens are stranded in a Medieval German village. Some think they are demons and some, like Father Dietrich, recognize them for what they are: strangers in need of charity. Through the use of a Babelfish devise the strangers and the villagers are able to communicate. But everything is translated to the villagers in medieval terms. Miscommunication results in interesting ideas about Christ's sacrifice and resurrection. For example, Father Dietrich comes to understand that they are from the stars, which he understands to be heaven. He believes that through Christ they will reach heaven once again. As do the strangers. They look forward to Easter because they believe the villagers’ 'god in the sky' will arrive to take them home. When their bodies begin to deteriorate because they are lacking an essential amino acid not available on earth, their 'alchemist' commits suicide so that the others may feast of his flesh. Finally, when the town is besieged by the plague, the strangers selflessly assist the sick and dying. Ultimately, the writing was flawed and there was an unnecessary secondary plot, but the ideas were so great, I persevered. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
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"Flynn credibly maintains the voice of a man whose worldview is based on concepts almost entirely foreign to the modern mind, and he makes a tense and thrilling story of historical research out of the contemporary portions of the tale."
tillagd av sturlington | ändraBooklist, 103 (2): 33, Regina Schroder (Sep 15, 2006)
 
"Another meticulously researched, intense, mesmerizing novel (based in some part on a 1986 short story) for readers seeking thoughtful science fiction of the highest order."
tillagd av sturlington | ändraKirkus Reviews 74 (16): 815., Kirkus Reviews (Aug 15, 2006)
 

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And for our guilt he grinds good men to dust.

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In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago? In 1348, as the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe, Father Deitrich is the priest of the village that will come to be known as Eifelheim. A man educated in science and philosophy, he is astonished to become the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest.

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