3 in 1 Giants Omnibus Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1994
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Millennia before the Apollo project, mankind had reached Luna. As man returns to the Moon, he finds evidence of a prior human technological society. Moreover, he finds artifacts of another alien civilization on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter.
In Inherit the Stars, a survey party finds someone in a spacesuit within a cave-like hole in the Copernicus crater. The body was that of a human being who had died over 50,000 years ago. Apparently it had come from Minerva, the long destroyed planet between Mars and Jupiter.
In The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, an alien spaceship has been found under the ice of Ganymede. Inside are found the remains of eight-foot tall entities who have been named Ganymedeans. Then the Shapieron, a fully operational Ganymedean spaceship, appears near Ganymede.
In Giants' Star, the Shapieron leaves to search for the migrated Ganymedeans at a star in the constellation of Taurus. Before their departure, a message is sent from a human installation on the Luna Farside toward this star telling of the ship's departure and a response is received soon thereafter welcoming the crew to their new home. Although no other responses are received for some time, months later messages start arriving in English using standard communication codes from a source in the fringe of the solar system.
These novels established the author's reputation as a writer of hard science fiction capable of inducing a sense of wonder.Read more ›
That said, I have a few issues that might concern other prospective readers:
In these novels, James P. Hogan writes a lot like Heinlein, only with a bit more science behind his fiction. He offers a very Utopian view of the future of earth, at least where men are concerned. Where women are concerned, though... Well, again he writes a lot like Heinlein. To be fair to Mr. Hogan, most of his later works are better on this score, but they're not under discussion here.
In "Inherit the Stars" (the first of the 3 novels in this edition), for example, there is only one woman mentioned by name, and she's some kind of assistant. Her biggest contribution in the few pages of the novel where she appears, is to recognize that some alien writing is probably a calendar because it's in something the "looks like a diary". That's right, he introduced a woman to recognize the diary because it's obviously a "woman thing". Her reward for her contribution is a condescending smile of acknowledgment from one of the men who did the "real" work. Ugh. He also consistently refers to women as girls.
The trend continues through the second novel ("The Gentle Giants of Ganymede"), though by "Giants' Star" (the last and best of the three) there are signs that Hogan has been thoroughly taken to task for his poor treatment of women in his novels, and he makes a certain amount of effort to redress the problem.Read more ›
The story introduces itself with the discovery of "Charlie," a 50,000 year-old human corpse on the moon. How did he get there when Neanderthals still walked the Earth? The first book answers this question, but opens up to deeper mystery. In the process it introduces the reader to one of the processes in the scientific community.
New scientific theories begin when attempts to explain a discovery challenge the assumptions of the current paradigm. Complicated theories develop more and more unsupportable mechanisms until somebody has the courage to challenge a fundamental tenet of the old paradigm: "the earth is not the center of the universe" or "the continents drift." Hogan makes this process seem relatively quick and painless. In the real world, it may take decades--once people were even burned at the stake for this kind of breakthrough.
The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, the second book in the trilogy, avoids the abyss many authors fall into between the hook of the first book and the climax of the third. An interesting book in its own right, it tells a story about humankind's first extraterrestrial contact. It explains more pieces of the mystery of "Charlie," but it also raises more questions--questions the aliens cannot answer.
Philosophically, this book allows Hogan to describe a non-violent, non-coercive society, and how it might have evolved naturally.Read more ›
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I recently bought (and read) a few dozen science-fiction books off Amazon purely on net recommendations and reviews. This is one of the few that disappointed me. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Jonathan Graehl
This book was recommended to me by another SF fan. He told me this was one of the best SF stories, with the sequel being one of the best sequels, and the third being one of the... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002 by Howard Pieratt
I've finished the first two books in this collection and am grimly plowing my way through the third, but I may not finish it. There is nothing in these stories but hard science. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2002 by ShowTunes
For what it is worth: I am highly dubious if this is SF. It may be enjoyable to science buffs who are into Space Age stuff like Sputniks and Apollo, but otherwise it lacks anything... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002
as a young teen, I read this book and it changed the way I thought, not that this was fact-but as a possibility. The way of thinking,'what if?', that's this books perfection. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2002 by terry hassing
A masterpiece of the genre, a novel where the hero might be science itself and where the reader is kept interested thanks to an exquisite adventure named...knowledge. Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by Pablo Iglesias Alvarez
Although it came around in the late 70s, I was recently recommended The Minervan Experiment (Same as The Giants Novels) by James P. Hogan by some guy I met on the bus. Read morePublished on April 27 2002
Just a quick note - if you like a very clever, hard science mystery whose solution "fits" nicely into our limited knowledge about evolution and our solar system - this is a great... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2002
_Inherit the Stars_ is one of the more unique S/F novels, if only in the sense that it shows an insider's view as to how the scientific and research communities operate in the... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2002 by N. C. Oldham