Midsummer Century

Midsummer Century

Midsummer Century This strange book isn t well known but it s one of the most interesting mind boggling novels ever written It mixes the paranormal with sf stretches the limits of the imagination without becoming impla

  • Title: Midsummer Century
  • Author: James Blish
  • ISBN: 9780385016278
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This strange book isn t well known but it s one of the most interesting mind boggling novels ever written It mixes the paranormal with sf stretches the limits of the imagination without becoming implausible or scientifically unacceptable The Swedish title was World of the Birds An accident propels the mind of the young astrophysicist John Martels 23,000 yThis strange book isn t well known but it s one of the most interesting mind boggling novels ever written It mixes the paranormal with sf stretches the limits of the imagination without becoming implausible or scientifically unacceptable The Swedish title was World of the Birds An accident propels the mind of the young astrophysicist John Martels 23,000 years into the future, the midsummer century Note that according to this novel the mind is a complex self aware electromagnetic field His mind emerges in the brain case of a future being with a powerful mind, the so called Qvant Human civilization has fallen repeatedly risen Both humans birds have evolved Birds have evolved into telepathic beings seeking to exterminate their main rivals humans Human descendents of the 250th century have paranormal powers but are death oriented haven t developed an advanced civilization They re not even interested in organized resistance John Martel is thrust into a fight for the continued existence of his own mind as well as a fight for the existence of humanity that without being able to use his own physical body In an odd way this novel also succeeds to fuse the reincarnation of the mind with the rebirth of civilization The book is full of sharp unusual visualizations descriptions If someone would attempt to illustrate this novel it would make some quite interesting art If the art of Boris Vallejo could be added we would get a very interesting item If you re not into otherworldly strange stories you may want to pick a typical sf novel An objection to this book is that Martel being captive in a brain case for so many years with no sensory input except a mostly static scene, should ve gone crazy To that I say that he was captive in a brain designed for this purpose the chemical imbalances or neurological adaptations that would cause insanity weren t necessarily there If we swallow all the implausible stuff in other sf novels, why not this The mother of all implausibilities, the totally implausible also illogical concept of time travel backwards in time place wasn t allowed in this book Note also that Martels wasn t stuck in the brain case the whole time Thomas Wikman edited

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    This book actually contains one novella-length story, "Midsummer Century," and two short stories: "Skysign" and "A Style in Treason."In "Midsummer Century," a scientist troubleshooting a radiotelescope falls into the antenna and, due to a construction error, has his consciousness projected 23,000 years into the future. (This used to be a serious hazard for characters in science fiction stories; there was a time when fictional scientists couldn't assemble a Heathkit without accidentally creating [...]

    Surreal, beautiful and often very creepy, this book manages to fit into 110 pages what most novels take three or four hundred to achieve. Stemming from the era in science fiction which produced such surrealism as Moorcock's The Shores of Death, and such post-apocalyptic films as "Logan's Run" and "The Omega Man", "Midsummer Century" provides a view into a world so far in the future, and so changed as to be unrecognizable. Blish's matter-of-fact, event-driven writing bleaches emotional context fr [...]

    This novel is based on a story in the April '72 edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine. I read this book club edition while working, during the summer between college and seminary, at the Chicago Women's Athletic Club, downtown on Ontario just off Michigan Avenue. I was the day-time security guard, a job which required virtually nothing of me except watching the service entrance and taking deliveries. I wasn't paid much, but I read an enormous amount--hundreds of pages a day punctuated [...]

    this story endlessly intrigues me. i can't get it out of my mind, despite having last read it, oh, probably 30 years ago, or so. James Blish has a serious talent for writing uncomfortable tales, of which this is definitively a longer one, at 110 pages. for a much much shorter, much much more uncomfortable tales, read "The Words of Guru." that one clocks in at a mere four pages, but it ends on a note so sour, it'll shiver your timbers.

    Copiado do meu registro no Bookcrossing de 2003.O livro conta a estória de um cientista que, após um acidente, acorda milhares de anos no futuro, dividindo sua mente com uma espécie de Oráculo. O mundo futurístico que serve de pano de fundo teria dado uma excelente estória, mas infelizmente o autor estava mais interessado em descrever os processos que permitem aos personagens se comunicar telepaticamente.

    Interesting short SF novella, in a very different style to other Blish works I've read.It examines the nature of consciousness as the protagonist is propelled 23,000 years into the future, into the machine-housed consciousness of a Qvant.Slight disappointment was the rather unnecessary development of the rivalry between Man and Birds; especially when the final standoff between the two was described in about two pages. Seemed an unnecessary plot device.

    Me hizo pensar cómo de freak hay que ser para escribir ciencia ficción, por supuesto que también muy inteligente. Es probable que sea el género literario más efectivo para escribir filosofía y desarrollar hipotéticos experimentos sociológicos. Muy interesante, pero al mismo tiempo me pilla demasiado lejos de corriente como para que me apasione.

    A time travel book where only a man's mind goes into a preserved brain-machine 23,000 years into the future. Once there, the book becomes Hitchcock's THE BIRDS, with smart birds wiping out the cowering remains of the human race.

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