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The Jesus Incident (Orbit Books) (urspr publ 1979; utgåvan 1980)

av Frank Herbert (Författare)

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The last survivors of humanity have just been deposited on Pandora, a horrific, poisonous planet rife with deadly nerve-runners, hooded dashers, airborne jellyfish, and intelligent kelp. The determined colonists attempt to establish a bridgehead on the deadly, inhospitable planet, but more trouble arises. Their sentient ship-backed up by an impressive array of armaments-has decided it is God and is insisting the colonists find appropriate ways to worship it. In an attempt to help the people pass its test, Ship awakens chaplain-psychiatrist Raja Flattery from hibernation. Either the humans pass the test-or the human race could be destroyed.… (mer)
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Titel:The Jesus Incident (Orbit Books)
Författare:Frank Herbert (Författare)
Info:Futura Orbit (1980), Edition: New edition, 405 pages
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Taggar:Religious, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Violent AI

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The Jesus Incident av Frank Herbert (1979)

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This is a tough one for me. There's times this novel absolutely captured and engrossed me, and there were times when my eyes slid over the words without retaining anything, because it was just...dense? Boring? Overly confusing? All of the above?

There is so much going on in this novel, not all of it necessary. I truly believe the book could have been trimmed by half and it would have been much more impactful.

For me, when the authors (and by the way, having read a lot of Herbert, I do have to credit Ransom for making the writing both less annoying--because it's not quite as confounding as Herbert alone--and more annoying--because of the poetry) tackle the scenes with Ship and examine what it means to be an all-knowing, all-seeing omnipotent God and what it means to be aware of that God and Its power, well, then the narrative just sings.

But all the stuff around it? Ugh. It just plodded for the most part.

Not quite sure if I'm going to invest the time in reading the next one in the series The Lazarus Effect or not. We'll see in a few days. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
The book takes place following the events in Destination: Void. At the end of Destination: Void the crew of the ship succeeds in creating an artificial consciousness using the computing equipment of their ship. The new conscious being has a level of awareness that allows it to manipulate space and time and at the end of the book, the ship instantly transports itself to a planet which it has decided the crew will colonize. The book ends with a demand from the ship, now 'Ship', for the crew to learn how to WorShip or how to establish a relationship with Ship, a god like being.

The Jesus Incident begins some time after the ending of Destination: Void and though no specific amount of time is mentioned, a lengthy time after Destination: Void ends is implied. It appears that Ship has been disappointed by human beings as they have been unable to work out how to WorShip. In The Jesus Incident Ship creates an experiment using the planet Pandora as a setting for a final attempt to work with human beings to create a satisfying relationship between humans and Ship.

The action of the book is divided between two settings, the internal spaces of Ship which is orbiting Pandora and the settlements on the planet. While the original crew of Ship, as described in Destination: Void, were cloned human beings from the planet Earth, by the time of The Jesus Incident, the crew has become a mixed bag of peoples from various cultures that have been accepted as crew members by Ship when it visited their planet as well as people who have been conceived and born on the ship. Evidently Ship has shown up at a number of planets as the suns of those planets were going nova. Implied is that the various planets were other, failed experiments by Ship to establish a relationship with human beings.

The surface of the planet Pandora is 80% seas in which lives a type of kelp which appears to be sentient. The land is populated by a number of predators who are efficient killers requiring people on the planet surface to adapt to a highly stressful lifestyle living within a fortress. The main fortress is known as Colony, a small city that is predominately underground. When The Jesus Incident begins there has been one failed attempt at starting a second city and the leadership of the crew and colony are in the midst of a second attempt, known as The Redoubt.

There are several main characters driving the book. Morgan Oakes is the head administrator of both the crew and the colonists and the central provocateur whose actions drive the conflict in the book. Jesus Lewis is his main assistant as well as a biological engineer. Raja Flattery, who takes on the name Raja Thomas as part of his role as agent of Ship, is one of the original crew members of the ship and a member of the team which created the artificial consciousness of Ship. Kerro Panille is a poet who has a special relationship with Ship. Legata Hamill is an administrative assistant and data analyst for Morgan Oakes.

The planet Pandora itself with its non-human inhabitants is another main character of the book, echoing a strong version of the Gaia Hypothesis. As the book progresses, the reader discovers that the kelp, the hylighters, and other creatures of the planet appear to be linked into a large entity with a shared consciousness, Avata.

The novel opens with the awakening of Raja Flattery, who has been in long hybernation since the completion of Ship's consciousness. Ship informs Flattery that for centuries the humans have failed to learn how to WorShip him. He tasks Flattery with intervening in the society which has developed on Pandora to solve this riddle of WorShip, or else Ship will destroy all of humanity under his control.

Jesus Lewis is the manager and chief scientist of Lab One which is a genetic engineering facility that is working on genetically modified clones of human beings in order to develop a class of engineered human beings who can survive the predators of Pandora. The clones are viewed as organic tools much like clones are presented in Destination: Void where clones are organic tools sent out in specially prepared space ships to create an artificial consciousness. There is a clear social distinction between clones and naturally born human beings, a distinction that in the end leads to the outbreak of a series of battles and confrontations (slave rebellions) between natural humans and clones as conflict over food supplies and assignment of risk escalates.

The other major project of Lab One is to create a tool that will eliminate the kelp living in the seas of Pandora. The kelp is viewed by the leadership of the Oakes administration as the major impediment to the exploitation of the seas as a source of food.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
This is my favorite book of all time. I've read it numerous times and own several copies although it's out of print. I gave a little seminar thing on it once. I tried to use it as the foundation of my Master's thesis but my advisor said there was too much to say about it and to save it for my PhD.

And yet I can't review it. Perhaps that's the reason: what I have to say would be a dissertation. So anything I could write here would be insufficient.

So I'll just tell you I love it because the main question I take from it is, "What, who, where, why, and how is/what's the nature/definition of god?" which is why I went to grad school to study religion.

So if that topic interests you, read this book. Now. Find a copy in a library or through ILL or on Alibris or somewhere else online and read it. I may even be willing to send you a copy if you can't get one any of these places. It's that good.

(Note: You do not need to read the first book in the series as it really doesn't add a whole lot and isn't very good. It does give a little more background then is provided in The Jesus Incident but I don't want you to hate it and then not read this one. I first read [b:Destination: Void|761449|Destination Void (Destination Void, #1)|Frank Herbert|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1194121358s/761449.jpg|3634673] many years after I'd already decided this was my favorite book and didn't even think about it.)

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  maybedog | Apr 5, 2013 |
Intrigerend verhaal over een volledig zelfdenkend computergestuurd ruimtevaartuig, dat voor de passagiers al heel lang de rol van godheid vervult.
  losloper | Oct 1, 2010 |
Book one of the Pandora Trilogy and sequel to Destination Void. The plot (concerning a space ship with an apparently omnipotent artificial intelligence that's been manipulating (and "replaying") mankind for eons) is interesting and strange enough to keep me reading and wanting to know what would happen next (or where the hell this book could be going), but nowhere near as good as Destination Void or anything in Herbert's other series. I expect I'll read the rest of the trilogy just because of that where-the-hell-could-this-be-going factor. ( )
  comfypants | Oct 9, 2008 |
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The last survivors of humanity have just been deposited on Pandora, a horrific, poisonous planet rife with deadly nerve-runners, hooded dashers, airborne jellyfish, and intelligent kelp. The determined colonists attempt to establish a bridgehead on the deadly, inhospitable planet, but more trouble arises. Their sentient ship-backed up by an impressive array of armaments-has decided it is God and is insisting the colonists find appropriate ways to worship it. In an attempt to help the people pass its test, Ship awakens chaplain-psychiatrist Raja Flattery from hibernation. Either the humans pass the test-or the human race could be destroyed.

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