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The Siege of Eternity Mass Market Paperback – Oct 15 1998

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; First Edition edition (Oct. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812577663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812577662
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 195 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,940,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sequel to The Other End of Time (1996), Pohl's new saga in which an unsuspecting Earth has become the object of a galactic war waged between the Beloved Leaders, or Scarecrows, and the Horch over who controls the ``eschaton,'' a time in the remote future when every being that has ever lived will rise again. Spook Dan Dannerman, astronomer Pat Adcock, and others were abducted from the orbiting Starlab, cloned, and subjected to horrid experiments by alien ``Dopeys'' and ``Docs,'' controlled by the Beloved Leaders. They manage to escape and return to Earth, where they find other copies of themselves with altered memories already in residence. The returnees have also captured a Dopey and two Docs who promise to help them understand Beloved Leader technology. Colonel Hilda Morrisey of the National Bureau of Investigation takes charge of the clones. Then the Docs break free of their Dopey's control and warn of imminent invasion by the Beloved Leaders, and maybe Horch too--until Hilda's assistant, a religious fanatic mole, attempts to blast Hilda, Dan, and the Docs. Pohl does a seamless job of reintroducing readers to the convolutions of his black-comic future tussle. However, while The Other End of Time was both self-contained and sequel-ready, this crowded, complex entry merely seems incomplete. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Frederik Pohl has won all the major awards in the field of science fiction, including three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, both for Best Novel; the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, also for Best Novel; he was accorded the accolade of Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He's also won three Hugo awards as editor of the best magazine. He edited the groundbreaking Star Science Fiction series of original-story anthologies. He and his wife, educator and political activist Elizabeth Anne Hull, live in Palatine, Illinois.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although not quite as entertaining as "The Other End of Time", this is still a good read. It is basically building up to what I hope is a climactic ending in "The Far Shore of Time". Most of the book deals with USA's/NBI's reaction to the duplicates and the aliens once they arrive back on earth. It also describes the political posturing by the various UN nations to gain access to the aliens and their technology aboard the Starlab. Things become more interesting toward the end of the book when the Scarecrows' spacecraft is detected and a broadcast is received. At the end of the book there is the dreaded realization that the Scarecrows have already infiltrated the populations of earth and have begun their conquest which should set up the third novel in the series very well. One thing I didn't care for was the comment boxes that Pohl inserted randomly throughout this book. It is somewhat annoying to break from the story to have to read these. Perhaps they would have been better placed at the beginning of each chapter.
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Format: Hardcover
The Siege of Eternity doesn't quite live up to the expectations I had after reading The Other End of Time, as Pohl chooses to mostly ignore the eschaton issue which made the first novel so fascinating.
However, the Siege of Eternity has a taut plotline that was somewhat lacking in the first. Eternity reads more like a techno-thriller than the contemplation on the nature of the universe and man's place therein. As a thriller, Eternity works very well. It is impossible to put the book down. Unfortunately once I finished tearing through the book I felt as if I had just eaten a boatload of popcorn. It tasted good going down but wasn't all that filling.
The prospects for the final book in the trilogy don't look too good for a swing back in the direction of the first since the big cliffhanger at the end of the first is left completely unresolved. (In fact it isn't even touched) Which means that the third novel must include the introduction of the Horch and the obligatory big space battle between humans, Horch, and Scarecrows. All of which can't leave much room for philosophical contemplation. Here's to hoping Pohl decides to make it a tetralogy so he has space to return to his ruminations on the eschaton.
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Part of a true three novel trilogy Eschaton, including (The Other End of Time, The Siege of Eternity, The Far Shore of Time). This trio deals with first contact but Pohl couldn't let it be a simple aliens encounter, there are two different and of course warring alien alliances but that is as far as the "of course" goes. The leaders of earth first have to come to terms among themselves so they can choose correctly from slim, hidden and misleading evidences, which group of aliens is truthful and altruistic and which will conquer and enslave.
Besides the wonderful Sci-Fi and multitude of sentient beings there is a good study of the human psyche in captivity. Also a twist in dealing with unwanted clones; not knowing which is the original, if there is an original, which clone gets the spouse and like conundrums.
You have to stay alert to the fast pace and changing / multiplying cast. A very good read with interesting alien customs and biology's.
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I just borrowed this book and the prequel from the library. I have loved Frederik Pohl's books in the past and thought that this sounded good. The prequel was a great read, bringing forward some very interesting ideas and creating a believable if somewhat depressing view of the future. This book on the other hand, was what can best be described as filler. Nothing really happens in this book and it is much more a political potboiler than a science fiction book. It's sole purpose seems to be to show how petty and greedy people as a whole can be and to set up the next book.
It is fine to put in some political intrigue and background information into a book, in fact it made the first book in the series very satisfying. But there still has to be some new ideas or at least some action mixed in or the reader feels cheated. All I can say is that if I had actually paid for this book I would definitely have felt cheated.
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Format: Hardcover
Pohl has managed to write a novel in which I could not care about a single character. His plot moves along with the finest leaders of earth performing some of the stupidest action. Oh let's see, here is an alien who can erase memories, implant machinery in your body without your knowing, a representative a race who is so far beyond our science that we can't begin to understand their abilities. Let's try to grab the personal property of these creatures and then insult and treat them badly. Does this seem likely to you? Not to me. And the ending was sudden and left me with one regret, that I had spent my time reading this book.
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