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Pushing Ice de Alastair Reynolds
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Pushing Ice (edição: 2020)

de Alastair Reynolds (Autor)

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Some centuries from now, the exploration and exploitation of the Solar System is in full swing. On the cold edge of the system, Bella Lind, captain of the huge commercial spacecraft Rockhopper IV, helps fuel this new gold rush by attaching mass-driver motors to organic-rich water-ice comets to move them back to the inner worlds. Her crew are tough, blue-collar miners, engineers and demolition experts. Around Saturn, something inexplicable happens: one of the moons leaves its orbit and accelerates out of the Solar System. The icy mantle peels away to reveal that it was never a moon in the first place, just a parked spacecraft, millions of years old, that has now decided to move on. Rockhopper IV, trapped in the pull, is hurled across time and space into the deep, distant future, arriving in a vast, alien-constructed chamber. And the crew are not alone, for each chamber contains an alien culture dragged into this cosmic menagerie at the end of time. The crew of the Rockhopper IV know a lot about blowing up comets, but not much about first contact with ultra-advanced aliens. They have two things to worry about: can they (and their new alien allies) negotiate their way through each harrying contact? And can they assimilate the avalanche of knowledge about their own future - including all the glittering, dangerous technologies that are now theirs for the taking - without destroying themselves in the process?… (mais)
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Título:Pushing Ice
Autores:Alastair Reynolds (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2020), 528 pages
Coleções:Hard Sci-Fi, Sua biblioteca, Lista de desejos
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Pushing Ice de Alastair Reynolds

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Another book I wished to see a sequel to. ( )
  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |


not one of his best efforts. add more depth to the characters. but monumentally weak ending undermines it. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Alastair Reynolds is a very prolific writer of “hard” science fiction. Despite reading hundreds of science fiction works over the past 50 years, I didn’t discover him until recently. And since that time, I have read about a dozen of his works, beginning with the Revelation Space series.

This book is not in the Revelation Space universe, but is equally steeped in the detailed, hard science fiction that Reynolds excels in. In a nutshell, one of the moons of Jupiter turns out to be an alien construct, which suddenly leaves orbit and begins leaving the Sol system at near light speed. An asteroid mining ship, Rockhopper, is the only Earth vessel with a chance to intercept, and hopefully gather intelligence.

What follows is an excellent story, not just of science fiction, but interpersonal relationships and power struggles among the crew of Rockhopper. Time dilation plays a major role and various non-human species are introduced. As always, Reynolds’s description of future technology is highly imaginative, well presented and conceptually well grounded.

Despite these strong suits, this is one of the only Reynolds work that I felt could be described as “bloated”, dragging at times. The story would have been more enjoyable had it been a little “tighter”. Also, the fact that one of the characters frequently smokes cigarettes is a little off putting, not just because I detest smoking, but it is just silly to imagine that astronauts in the future are going to be smoking cigarettes (cigarettes are already being replaced by vape pens), not just because of the health issues involved, but the danger of fire in a heavily oxygenated environment.

In any event, there is a good story here, it is just about 100 pages too long. ( )
  santhony | Jan 19, 2021 |
Great start then...loses steam very quickly.
No great shocking ending. Too bad. ( )
  Steve_Walker | Sep 13, 2020 |
This novel starts like a "future history" story, where cometary mining is economically viable but dangerous and "the United Economic Entities" rule the world - apart from China, which is ostracised because it still experiments with nano-technology. Soon after it becomes an Alien Artifact story, reminiscent of Rendezvous with Rama and Eon. Then it becomes a desperate stakes survival story, complete with internal strife as well as external threat. Finally it becomes an Alien Zoo story, with the newly arrived humans interacting with some of the many cultures already there when they arrive.

Such an ambitious work is almost guaranteed to be flawed and the main flaw is that the book is too short to contain so much; many things have to be compressed heavily or glossed over almost entirely in order to keep the book to a reasonable length for a single volume. The several political reversals that take place begin to seem repetative and slightly far-fetched when squashed in this way. The Alien Zoo segment seems too short, though obviously open to a sequel (of which there is no hint at the time of writing).

The book is, according to Reynolds himself, an attempt to have a story about multiple interacting space-faring cultures that answers rather than ignores Fermi's Paradox - in that he does not quite succeed, because he spends so much time addressing the problem that he has almost no time to tell the story about the interacting humans and aliens....

The above is somewhat negative but this novel is in fact a gripping story with believable, flawed characters and a combination of ideas that provide continual interest, paced so that it accelerates towards its conclusion (if not real resolution) almost as the Rockhopper does on its journey to an unexpected final resting place.

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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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Some centuries from now, the exploration and exploitation of the Solar System is in full swing. On the cold edge of the system, Bella Lind, captain of the huge commercial spacecraft Rockhopper IV, helps fuel this new gold rush by attaching mass-driver motors to organic-rich water-ice comets to move them back to the inner worlds. Her crew are tough, blue-collar miners, engineers and demolition experts. Around Saturn, something inexplicable happens: one of the moons leaves its orbit and accelerates out of the Solar System. The icy mantle peels away to reveal that it was never a moon in the first place, just a parked spacecraft, millions of years old, that has now decided to move on. Rockhopper IV, trapped in the pull, is hurled across time and space into the deep, distant future, arriving in a vast, alien-constructed chamber. And the crew are not alone, for each chamber contains an alien culture dragged into this cosmic menagerie at the end of time. The crew of the Rockhopper IV know a lot about blowing up comets, but not much about first contact with ultra-advanced aliens. They have two things to worry about: can they (and their new alien allies) negotiate their way through each harrying contact? And can they assimilate the avalanche of knowledge about their own future - including all the glittering, dangerous technologies that are now theirs for the taking - without destroying themselves in the process?

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