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The Alien Years Hardcover – Jul 23 1998


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (July 23 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061050350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061050350
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,719,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this novel. It was typical family dynasty sort of thing, with good characters, many that were very well fleshed out. There was sufficient conflict within the family to keep things interesting. Some of the concepts explored in this novel seemed incomplete. At the end, when the entities simply picked up and left, I felt that something was missing. Perhaps this is to leave room for a sequel. As always, I enjoy Silverberg and this was worth my time to read.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a rarity among science fiction books, an alien invasion book that is boring and lifeless. The book is more a generational saga than science fiction, and it either should have been much shorter (to get to the point sooner) or longer (to flesh out the human characters). There's no particular character you end up rooting for, and the aliens are so remote that it is almost impossible to develop any sense of suspense.
If it's alien invasions you're after, read Footfall. If you've already read it, read it again rather than waste your time with this one.
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By justin on Jan. 24 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Man, what do these guys want a freakin space opera. Silverberg is amazing in this book because his story is honest. He doesn't just try to wow you with all the old cliche trick. This book isn't about the aliens this book is about the human spirit in face with tremendous odds and how mankind would get though it. This has got to be one of the best alien invasion stories ever. I recomend this book to everyone. If you want real Science Fiction on the subject and not a waste of time space opera read this book
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Format: Hardcover
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The Alien Years" has been long in gestation - regular Silverberg
readers will recognize parts of at least 5 previously-published
stories [1], dating back to 1987. It's his best SF novel in many
years; maybe his best yet? Silverberg dedicates the book
to HG Wells - this is the centennial year of "War of the
Worlds" - and, in this 10th year after Heinlein's death, it can
hardly be coincidence that the patriarchal protagonist is named
"Anson" [2].
The Aliens land "seven years from now", touching off massive
brush fires in the LA basin and, shortly thereafter, seismic changes
in humanity's place on our home planet. The alien Entities pay
little attention to humans, but any attack on them triggers
massive retaliation. Human institutions simply fall apart after the
Conquest. This is a long way from ID4 or the optimistic
Campbellian invasions of yore . Silverberg is working in terrain
similar to Wm. Barton's "When Heaven Fell", but with a more
elegaic tone, something like "Earth Abides" -- or "Nightwings".
"The Alien Years" is told thru the viewpoints of the Carmichaels,
an old California clan headed by a patriarchal Vietnam-era
Colonel. Thru 50 years of Entity rule, the Carmichaels never quite
give up hope or the memory of freedom. They are active in a
nominal Resistance, but real resistance is almost unthinkable - the
last, futile military attack on the Entities resulted in the death of
half of humanity.
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Format: Hardcover
I expected something epic, something wonderful and startling and captivating. What I got instead was a classic tale of the mean, old aliens (15 feet tall) landing on our beloved world, , enslaving mankind, our resistance and eventual victory (?). The problem I have with books of this sort is the utter stupidity and illogical actions of the aliens. Why in the world would a race travel trillions of miles only to enslave poor, little us? And why all the trickery and not-so-subtle movements? Surely creatures this advanced could kill us all in a few minutes and have the planet to themselves.
Then there is the group of resisters. It's a small world after all with this motley crew of multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-racial, multi-aged fighters - our own little UN of Earth folk. And despite the obvious, uh, disparity in skill level, technology and oh, about a million years of civilization, our group ekes out a tie. The ending ranks among one of the worst in modern fiction. After this LONG, not so great buildup, the aliens suddenly decide one day to pack up and leave. Seems they are lonely for the home world and decide that - hey, we spent a few trillion getting here and setting up so why not leave it all without rhyme or reason? We are back where we started, wondering and wandering about our navels and the strange way the universe acts. But we're gonna build a better world, yes-sirree! Hold your hats, partner, let me get my saw!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Many of the reviewers have said it better than I can.
Good premise with no payoff. I slogged through pages of character development to get to a anti-climatic ending. It's one of those books that has you flipping back over the last few pages saying "that's it"?
I could understand that type of ending (Although many of the reviewers have revealed the ending I won't do that here) if
the whole novel hadn't spent most of the time implying that the humans were going to kick the alien's rear.
Waste of time.
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