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Neverness (1988)

av David Zindell

Serier: Requiem for Homo Sapiens (Prequel)

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The universe of Neverness is and filled with extraordinary beings, such as the neanderthal-like Alaloi and the Order of Pilots. Against this backdrop stands Mallory Ringer, who penetrates the Solid State Entity. There he makes a discovery. One that could unlock the secret of immortality.
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One of my favourite SF series!So inventive, great characters, good plots, simple and effective style...And some sipritual hints...
Never understood why it is not considered a great sci-fi author ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
This is definitely one of the better science fiction books of his generation and it contains quite a few new and refreshing ideas as well as a good analysis of the psyche of the main characters. But sometimes the contemplative moments get to be a bit longwinded at the risk of losing the interest of the reader. So, in my opinion, this is a good book, but it has no place in my top ten. ( )
  KoKele | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is a really enjoyable 'big idea' science fiction novel that takes place millenia in our future on the planet Icefall, also called Neverness. It's kind of [b:Dune|1685995|Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)|Frank Herbert|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1311873074s/1685995.jpg|3634639] meets Malory's [b:Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol 1|219265|Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol 1|Thomas Malory|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1195733538s/219265.jpg|18895563] with high level mathematics, posthumanism, and trippy metaphysics thrown in.

The story follows the life of Mallory Ringess, a trainee enrolled at "the Academy" that was founded by a pseudo-monastic order of truth-seekers called 'the Order of Mystic Mathematicians and Other Seekers of the Ineffable Flame' hoping to become a pilot. Now in this day and age a pilot is a very special kind of beast who combines the aspects of a theoretical mathematician with those of a questing knight. Using advanced mathematics the pilots are able to navigate within the manifold, a kind of hyperspace that links all parts of the universe, but whose dangers can lead the untrained or the unwary to get lost in the tangled skeins of space-time. The pilots are thus a special breed. They are men and women who live for the precarious dangers of the manifold and who search, quixote-like, for the proof of the elusive Continuum Hypothesis which would allow a pilot to fall from any point in the universe to any other without the complicated mathematical mappings normally required to traverse hyperspace.

It is also a quest for godhood as the pilots search for the secrets known as the Elder Eddas. These secrets are said to allow beings to transcended their mortality and become gods of one sort or another, and the galaxy is sparsely populated with some of these dangerous and unknowable superbeings, former humans whose consciousness is now housed in nebulae or moon-sized computers. This dangerous life has brought about the motto of the pilots: "Journeymen die", for it is few pilots who ever survive to their mastership.

The world Zindell creates is a fascinating one full of strangeness and wonder. Mallory is an interesting character, equal parts idealistic dreamer and pompous ass. His best friend Bardo is even more entertaining...a figure equal parts Falstaff and Porthos. The story bogged down a bit for me in the middle where Mallory and his fellow searchers look for the Elder Eddas among the Alaloi, a group of humans who had 'carked' their flesh and minds to become like the Neanderthals of earth in rejection of the advanced technology used by the other people of Neverness. Overall, however, this is a great tale, bursting at the seams with crazy-awesome ideas that leave a lot of food for the imagination.

Recommended. ( )
  dulac3 | Apr 2, 2013 |
There are some stunning ideas in this book and for the first half of the book, it was a real page turner. However, it lost pace halfway through but then picked up. In many ways a spellbinding read, it just needed consistency of pace. ( )
  marieharbon | Sep 7, 2011 |
Nimmermeer is de Onwerkelijke stad, de stad van Pijn, de Lichtstad, drieduizend jaar geleden gesticht op een ijzige planeet in de kookpunt van de ingedikte ruimte.

In deze stad staat de Orde der Piloten, die met wiskunde en logica de sterrenroutes door het Veelal in kaart brengt in hoog aanzien.

Juist als het voortbestaan van Nimmermeer wordt bedreigd, keert na jaren van onderzoek de piloot-overste terug uit de galactische kern.

Hij draagt een boodschap bij zich van de mythische Ieldra die ooit de Melkweg hebben ingezaaid met hun DNA om intelligent leven te wekken. De boodschap luidt dat er nog hoop is voor de mens... ( )
  fasterik | Jul 29, 2011 |
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On Old Earth, the ancients often wondered at the origin of life, and they created many myths to explain the mystery of mysteries. There was Mumu the mother goddess who swallowed a great snake which multiplied inside of her and whose nine billion children ate their way through her belly into the light of day and so became the animals of the land and the fishes of the sea. There was a father god, Yahweh, who created Earth and the heavens In six days and who called forth the birds and the beasts on days five and six. There was a fertility goddess and a goddess of chance named Random Mutation. And so on. And so on. The truth is, life throughout the galaxy was everywhere seeded by a race known as the Ieldra. Of course the origin of the Ieldra is unknown and perhaps unknowable: the ultimate mystery remains.
from A Requiem for Homo Sapiens by Horthy Hosthoh, Timekeeper and Lord
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Long before we knew that the price of the wisdom and immortality we
sought would be almost beyond our means to pay, when man-what was left
of man-was still like a child playing with pebbles and shells by the
seashore, in the time of the quest for the mystery known as the Elder
Eddas, I heard the call of the stars and prepared to leave the city of
my birth and death.
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The universe of Neverness is and filled with extraordinary beings, such as the neanderthal-like Alaloi and the Order of Pilots. Against this backdrop stands Mallory Ringer, who penetrates the Solid State Entity. There he makes a discovery. One that could unlock the secret of immortality.

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