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Fred Hoyle (1915–2001)

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Tekijän teokset

Musta pilvi (1957) 1,158 kappaletta
Los Angeles ei vastaa (1966) — Tekijä — 487 kappaletta
A for Andromeda (1962) — Tekijä — 414 kappaletta
Viides planeetta (1963) — Tekijä — 325 kappaletta
Andromeda Breakthrough (1964) — Tekijä — 218 kappaletta
Rockets in Ursa Major (1955) — Tekijä — 197 kappaletta
Ossian's Ride (1959) 195 kappaletta
The Nature of the Universe (1609) — Tekijä — 172 kappaletta
Frontiers of Astronomy (1955) 170 kappaletta
Into Deepest Space (1974) — Tekijä — 168 kappaletta
Element 79 (1875) 162 kappaletta
Inferno (1973) 161 kappaletta
Seven Steps to the Sun (1970) 119 kappaletta
Astronomy (1962) 118 kappaletta
On Stonehenge (1972) 102 kappaletta
The Incandescent Ones (1977) 81 kappaletta
The Molecule Men (1971) 58 kappaletta
Diseases from space (1980) 38 kappaletta
Galaxies, nuclei, and quasars (1965) 37 kappaletta
Ten faces of the universe (1977) 36 kappaletta
Ice (1981) 23 kappaletta
Comet Halley (1985) 22 kappaletta
The Westminster Disaster (1978) 22 kappaletta
Man and Materialism (1956) 19 kappaletta
Highlights in Astronomy (1975) 19 kappaletta
Man in the universe (1964) 15 kappaletta
Cosmic Life-Force (1988) 13 kappaletta
The Giants of Universal Park (1982) 12 kappaletta
Commonsense in Nuclear Energy (1980) 11 kappaletta
Ciencia ficción. Selección 7 (1973) 11 kappaletta
The new face of science (1960) 9 kappaletta
The Planet of Death (1982) 9 kappaletta
Encounter with the Future (1965) 8 kappaletta
The Energy Pirate (1982) 8 kappaletta
The Frozen Planet of Azuron (1982) — Tekijä — 8 kappaletta
The Small World of Fred Hoyle (1986) 7 kappaletta
Mathematics of Evolution (1999) 6 kappaletta
Ossian's Ride 3 kappaletta
Astronomy Today (1975) 3 kappaletta
Iniciación a la astronomía (1979) 2 kappaletta
Origin of Life (1980) 2 kappaletta
The Molecule Man 1 kappale
Devilment 79 1 kappale
La Nuvola nera (2020) 1 kappale
Matematyka ewolucji (2003) 1 kappale
Kara Bulut (2022) 1 kappale
Fred Hoyle 1 kappale
Zoomen 1 kappale
The Black Cloud (Extract) (1957) 1 kappale
From grains to bacteria (1984) 1 kappale
life cloud 1 kappale

Associated Works

Marsin aikakirjat : avaruusromaani (1950) — Johdanto, eräät painokset16,237 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Avustaja — 790 kappaletta
Fancies and Goodnights (1951) — Johdanto, eräät painokset735 kappaletta
The expert dreamers (1962) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta
Best SF: 1967 (1968) — Avustaja — 68 kappaletta
The Best of British SF 2 (1977) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Avustaja — 55 kappaletta

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The story takes place in the near future---the late 1960s. (The book's copyright is 1962.) Aliens from outer space are more interested in their own interests than ours. I read the book soon after it came out. What I liked most about it was that, for the sake of a character I liked, there was a sequel. The ideas are more important than the plot or the characters. BTW, the chapter names all start with the letter A.
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raizel | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 24, 2023 |
Excellent book, full of ideas and lively pace.
Like Arthur C. Clarke at his best.
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CraigGoodwin | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 12, 2023 |
I picked up a copy of Rockets in Ursa Major at my favorite antiquarian book store pretty much on a lark. The cover was cool (see inset) and the back-cover blurb was interesting:

It is the early twenty-first century. Man is seeking signs of life elsewhere in the universe, but all exploratory ships have been lost without a trace--except for DSP 15. Thirty years after leaving Earth, and given up for lost, DSP 15 suddenly appears on radar screens at the space station at Mildenhall, England.

Her crew has been frozen to prevent aging, and as the ship settles into a landing, Dr. Richard Warboys eagerly waits with other scientists for word of what DSP 15 has found. But there is no crew, only a message scratched into a metal surface, signed by the captain:

"If this ship returns to Earth, then mankind is in deadly peril--God help you--."

Unfortunately, that was pretty much the most exciting part of the book. We learn all of this in the first 30-45 pages or so, then it sets into a typical 1960's alien invasion story.

In the denouement, the good guys win with the help of friendly aliens, but (of course) there is a promise of a bad alien return.

There wasn't much to the story, and little character development either. Fred Hoyle was not a world builder. He was, however, one of the most outspoken midcentury astrophysicists, so there is little wonder why our protagonist is a young professor/researcher/scientist at Cambridge. In a similar parallel to Hoyle's own life, the "key invention" which enables detection of in invading alien fleet was related to radar, which Hoyle worked on for the Admiralty during World War II. Scientific jargon is embedded throughout -- perhaps too much for a work of fast fiction -- but I didn't find it detracting from the story. (However, I'm probably biased because I'm an astrodynamicist by trade, and anything about orbits, trajectories, and space combat is like candy to me....)

Interesting facts:
  • This was Fred Hoyle's eighth work of fiction. His best known is 1959's The Black Cloud, which is worth checking out if you can find a copy.
  • He co-wrote this book with his son Geoffrey. This was the second of 12 works the father-son team wrote together.
  • The book was adapted from a play which was first performed at the Mermaid Theatre on Easter, 1962.
  • Fred Hoyle coined the term "Big Bang Theory" in an interview on BBC Radio.

If you like simple alien invasion stories and don't mind scientific dialogue, then you will find this book worth a read.
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howermj | 1 muu arvostelu | Mar 20, 2023 |
Fina lepo zasluzena jedinica.
Skolski primer kako ne treba pisati naucnu fantastiku.
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srdjashin | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 14, 2022 |



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