To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat.
The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead. When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved.
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The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away. Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future.
Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age. I started from book one and followed through all the way to the end. The story kept my attention and I could not take the headphones off. A very good read! After the introduction that is the novel TITAN this second volume in the trilogy widens the scope of the story into a vast playground. She is insane, and that is the basis for all the fun.
In this volume we learn the true lay of the land through what amounts to a travelogue of the wheel. There is much that much be laid out and put in place before we can feel we know our way around the place. This necessary tour sets the stage for the main event. This story unfolds and we are allowed to see the nature of the conflict that is brewing; never mind that it is a struggle that Gaea has carefully orchestrated to suit her sense of celluloid drama, she is, after all, crazy.
When reading this for the first time I felt the ever widening sense of wonder that I had come to love from Science Fiction, and even now, twenty-five years later, I still enjoy this story for that amazing rollicking appreciation of strangeness. Varley has invented a scenario where almost anything can happen and still remain in the preview of Science Fiction.
The being Gaea is so significantly advanced in her technology for her works to seem like magic. This is a fun book and a grand adventure on its own.
DEMON will be the main text. Let the games begin. Thankfully there are many more characters in this novel for her to explore her vocal range. She manages to cast her voice in a deeper tone much of the time which suits me better for long hours of listening. I liked how she assigned different accents to the various Titanides.
The character with the French name carries a French accent. I liked it. Would you listen to Wizard again? I don't really re-listen to books, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this book was fantastic. Who was your favorite character and why? Robin was very cool. I grew to like her a lot. She is in my top 3 audible readers. Scott Brick and Victor Bevine also doing an outstanding job.
I am certainly not a critic but at some point an excellent reader is essentially an actor. I believed she was the characters. It's amazing to me. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? A movie would ruin this great book.
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Sci Fi books have more imagination than any movie ever made. This book will keep you interested and invested every step of the way. Any additional comments? This is really an adult book. It deals with sexual roles, norms, violence, culture, mass media, acceptance Its entertaining, funny and exciting.
I cannot understand why Varley is not held in higher esteem. Wildly entertaining! And loved the entire series again in audio. The characters are compelling and the world of Gaea is inventive and the creatures Gaea made inspired by Earth movies are wonderful. The Titanides are centaurs with a complex reproductive system involving up to 4 parents and they are particularly appealing.
They use the names of the Greek musical modes Aeolian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian coupled with the words "solo", "duet", "trio" or "quartet" to describe the number of parents the individual has, and the ways in which genetic material is transferred between them. They are also brightly colored with intricate patterns.
I never forgot the Titanides or the Blimps or Cirroco Jones from my early reading of the trilogy and it was great fun to relive the experience in the audio version. In this second part of the trilogy Cirocco is falling from grace after living for decades on Gaea and she's not as appealing as a drunken wizard but the world of Gaea is always fascinating and worth the trip. Your audiobook is waiting….
Wizard Gaean Trilogy, Book 2. By: John Varley.
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Narrated by: Allyson Johnson. Series: Gaean Trilogy , Book 2.
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min. The whole trilogy is excellently-written and this is quite a worthy performance. This review covers the entire trilogy. In the past 20 years, I read the entire trilogy 3 times. I was so delighted when I discovered that Audible had recorded an unabridged version of all three books. I had never heard of the narrator before, but it only took me about a minute of listening to realize that no one else could have done a better job. Johnson read this book as if she positively loved it!
I don't know if she did or not, but her tone of voice was so expressive, even when reading simple narration as opposed to conversation, that I had to think she was enjoying the reading of the books as much as I was enjoying the listening.