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3 in 1 Giants Omnibus [Mass Market Paperback]

James P. Hogan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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May 1 1994
Discover the first three books in the ground-breaking 21st century hard-science fiction saga by James P. Hogan:
The skeletal remains of a human body are found on the moon. His corpse is 50,000 years old, and nobody knows who he was, how he got there, or what killed him.
A long-ago wrecked ship of alien giants is discovered by Earth's scientists on a frozen satellite of Jupiter. Then, spinning out of the vastness of space, a ship of the same strange, humanoid giants has returned....
Humans finally thought they comprehended their place in the universe...until Earth found itself in the middle of a power struggle between a benevolent alien empire and a cunning race of upstart humans who hated Earth!

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2.0 out of 5 stars forced myself to finish July 11 2004
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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. The characters feel phony (to the extent that I actually grew to loathe them), dialogue is mainly used for explaining things to the reader (almost as bad as Chrichton) and the story, third book excepted, consists mainly of boring characters solving scientific riddles thanks to fortuitous discoveries. The premise is interesting at first, but the development is so drawn out that what should be intriguing ideas feel obvious when they're finally "discovered" by the characters. I suppose this might be perfect for a reader who is somewhat slow on the uptake.
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The Giants Novels is a compendium of a trilogy of books by James Hogan, Inherit the Stars, The Gentle Giants of Ganymede and Giant's Star. (btw, I really appreciate Del Rey for publishing these in one book). All three are tightly coupled and deserve to be read together. The basic premise of the trilogy is man's discovery of his origins after a 50,000 year-old human corpse is found in a cave on the moon. This is followed by the discovery of a 20 million year old spaceship on Jupiter's moon Ganymede that contains both alien corpses and animal specimens that clearly came from Earth. It was very fun to follow our protagonist Vic Hunt as he works to come up with a plausible explanation for these discoveries and how they fit into man's evolution. Much of the speculation is made clearer by the arrival of a 20 million year-old spaceship full of live aliens who used to inhabit our solar system. Seems they had some technical problems and although they had only been gone for 20 years their time, relativistic effects delayed their return by 20 million years. Eventually we learn that the returned aliens are not the last of their species as their forbearers moved to another star system millions of years before. When they make contact with their long lost descendents events are put in motion that forces their ancient species to get help from Earth to combat the biggest threat in their history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earth Colonized From Minerva Jan. 22 2004
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The Giants Novels is an omnibus edition of the Giants series. This volume contains Inherit the Stars, The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, and Giants' Star. These novels were the first published by the author.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the first book.... Oct. 3 2002
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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 best trilogies. I have to disagree a little, I really liked 'Inherit the Stars' I was captivated and thouroughly enjoyed it. The second book started out good but ran flat for the middle 70% and finished with a 'this is how it happened' finish. I was disappointed they just told us the mystery through dialogue, instead of taking us through the journey like they did in 'Inherit the Stars'. The third book is totally unlike the first two almost leaving the SF category, but still enjoyable for what it was. So, in my honest opinion, get 'Inherit the Stars' and forget the other two, you would do better to spend the time having read those two on some other novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Desperately dull Sept. 19 2002
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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. There certainly aren't any plots, characterizations, or tension worth reading about--nothing but "ooh, we have a mystery, here's the process of how we solve it." Snore. (And like other reviewers here, I figured out the big revelations right off the bat, and then I got impatient with the characters for taking so bloody long to come to the same conclusions.) The Ganymeans might as well be humans for all the "alien behavior" they display. Big Moments are met with so little emotion by all the characters that one wonders if these people are really androids. ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this SF?
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 more
Published on Sept. 17 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School SF - Bad binding on my copy
Before I get into my somewhat lengthy list of complaints, I'd like to make it clear that for all ths books' faults, the Giants novels really are classic, solid science fiction. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars inherent the stars
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 more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by terry hassing
4.0 out of 5 stars The adventure of knowledge
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 more
Published on July 5 2002 by Pablo Iglesias Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, flawless story
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 more
Published on April 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy in a low-cost volume
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 more
Published on Feb. 25 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars One good idea and three novels of repetition
_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 more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by N. C. Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars Amongst the best SF novels.
I read these awhile ago. I plan to reread these again now. These books are amongst my MUST have and READ SF books. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by W. J. Vovil
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