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Blind Lake (2003)

av Robert Charles Wilson

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Robert Charles Wilson, saysThe New York Times, "writes superior science fiction thrillers." HisDarwiniawon Canada's Aurora Award; his most recent novel,The Chronoliths, won the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Now he tells a gripping tale of alien contact and human love in a mysterious but hopeful universe. At Blind Lake, a large federal research installation in northern Minnesota, scientists are using a technology they barely understand to watch everyday life in a city of lobster like aliens upon a distant planet. They can't contact the aliens in any way or understand their language. All they can do is watch. Then, without warning, a military cordon is imposed on the Blind Lake site. All communication with the outside world is cut off. Food and other vital supplies are delivered by remote control. No one knows why. The scientists, nevertheless, go on with their research. Among them are Nerissa Iverson and the man she recently divorced, Raymond Scutter. They continue to work together despite the difficult conditions and the bitterness between them. Ray believes their efforts are doomed; that culture is arbitrary, and the aliens will forever be an enigma. Nerissa believes there is a commonality of sentient thought, and that our failure to understand is our own ignorance, not a fact of nature. The behavior of the alien she has been tracking seems to be developing an elusive narrative logic--and she comes to feel that the alien is somehow, impossibly, aware of the project's observers. But her time is running out. Ray is turning hostile, stalking her. The military cordon is tightening. Understanding had better come soon....   Blind Lake is a 2004 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.… (mer)

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What is a person?

A new technology (that is not understood) allows us to see, through a screen, other planets. We're watching two different ones. One has a sentient, alien life that builds cities and makes things, but seems entirely unlike humans. And the base using this technology is suddenly cut off, quarantined, from the outside world. Left alone, to wonder what happened.

A good, old sci-fi tale about scientists playing with stuff they don't understand, vast alien societies (or not), even vaster alien intellects (or not). And some basic human insanity, to spice things up.

Young Tess may be crazy... or she may be communicating with an alien presence. Her mother may be overly-sentimental... or onto a breakthrough of galactic proportions. Her ex-husband almost certainly is crazy... and suddenly, due to the quarantine, he's in charge. And then there's the weird stuff.

Robert Charles Wilson is another writer that I find easy to read. And fun. Certainly, this is not as good as Darwinia, but it's just about as strange.

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  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Extremely slow to start, but much like the technologies in the story, the events intensify exponentially. After a certain point I couldn't stop reading until I had finished. Now it's late and I realize I haven't eaten in many hours.

It's a good book, not without flaws, but more creative and substantial than most. ( )
  atomoton | May 19, 2019 |
Ce roman de science-fiction est essentiellement un huit-clos centré sur quelques scientifiques et journalistes enfermés au sein d'une base américaine mise en quarantaine. Avec de telles bases, Stephen King avait dans son roman Le Dôme mis en avant bon nombres de côtés négatifs de l'être humain. À l'inverse, Robert Charles Wilson se focalise plutôt sur ce qu'une telle situation peut amener de bien au sein d'une communauté. Il traite touts ses personnages avec beaucoup de psychologie et d'humanité, mais ne néglige pas pour autant la partie science-fiction avec une idée assez originale basée sur la physique quantique. Le résultat est un très bon roman. ( )
  Patangel | Jan 8, 2019 |
Thrilling, so especially good for people who read both sf and mystery/thrillers. Interesting science, ideas, and characters, exciting plot - but somehow not all that memorable. I read several pp before I realized I'd already read it a while ago. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
While this is no "Spin" it's certainly a solid Science Fiction novel with an interesting near-time science concept, great world building and thoughtful characters.

Blind Lake has more of a suspense angle than what you find in typical SF - more of an SF thriller. It starts slow and builds to a very solid ending. I liked the technology aspects quite a bit in this book as the author takes you quite beyond current thinking and into consequences that are quite profound. Without giving too much away, while the primary story lines are quite mundane, there's a mysterious undercurrent that is only presented in glimpses until the end.

As a general read, it may be paced a bit slowly for non-SF readers and the ending may be a bit obtuse for those same readers. For SF readers the end is its own reward. ( )
  johnnyapollo | Oct 11, 2015 |
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Robert Charles Wilson, saysThe New York Times, "writes superior science fiction thrillers." HisDarwiniawon Canada's Aurora Award; his most recent novel,The Chronoliths, won the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Now he tells a gripping tale of alien contact and human love in a mysterious but hopeful universe. At Blind Lake, a large federal research installation in northern Minnesota, scientists are using a technology they barely understand to watch everyday life in a city of lobster like aliens upon a distant planet. They can't contact the aliens in any way or understand their language. All they can do is watch. Then, without warning, a military cordon is imposed on the Blind Lake site. All communication with the outside world is cut off. Food and other vital supplies are delivered by remote control. No one knows why. The scientists, nevertheless, go on with their research. Among them are Nerissa Iverson and the man she recently divorced, Raymond Scutter. They continue to work together despite the difficult conditions and the bitterness between them. Ray believes their efforts are doomed; that culture is arbitrary, and the aliens will forever be an enigma. Nerissa believes there is a commonality of sentient thought, and that our failure to understand is our own ignorance, not a fact of nature. The behavior of the alien she has been tracking seems to be developing an elusive narrative logic--and she comes to feel that the alien is somehow, impossibly, aware of the project's observers. But her time is running out. Ray is turning hostile, stalking her. The military cordon is tightening. Understanding had better come soon....   Blind Lake is a 2004 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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