Sometime in the not-too-distant future ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is home to a number of spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any contact with civilizations that have not yet achieved both a substantial spacefaring capability and sufficient maturity to control the technology explosion before triggering their own extinctiSometime in the not-too-distant future ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is home to a number of spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any contact with civilizations that have not yet achieved both a substantial spacefaring capability and sufficient maturity to control the technology explosion before triggering their own extinction.While this policy is intended to only bring in peaceful new members, matters change entirely when the confederation is threatened by some unknown entity - is the menace real or imagined? The confederation decides to break with the rules and sends a delegate to Earth to hire one of the supposedly belligerent Earthlings to investigate and to revive the confederation s long-unused starfleet. The Earthman agrees, but demands a high price: should he succeed, the confederation will have to accept Earth as a new member. As the threat becomes ever more acute, the question soon becomes which mission will prove harder - saving the confederation or convincing it to accept the deal!The extensive appendix, written in non-technical language, reviews the scientific and technological topics underlying the plot - ranging from the Fermi paradox, space travel and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on possible universal convergences in technological and biological development."...
|Title||:||A Man from Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||308 Pages|
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A Man from Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel Reviews
Mostly drivel. Tom "Mary Sue" Taylor is the only person who can save the galaxy blah blah. There's just enough novel galactic politics here to keep you entertained, but the number of things that are brushed off as "obviously, clearly," or "everyone knew" is exhausting. The protagonist's astrophysicist wife is made completely from cardboard, only emerging from the background to provide pithy remarks, or to give Tom another Earthling with whom to exchange super-secret Earthling nonvocal signals.There's an appendix meant to explain the science of the novel, but the story itself was enough of a slog that I decided not to even read it after a page or two, I can't imagine there's much of value there unless you're completely unfamiliar with the concept of extraterrestrial life. There were also substantial editing problems, but they did nothing worse than show off a lack of attention to detail.This was the first book I read from a Humble bundle advertising scientific books. I can't say I'm enthusiastic for the rest of them.
I bought this book in a Humble Bundle along with other sci-fi books written by real scientists, because I was genuinely interested in this concept.The story tells of a doctor Thomas Taylor who becomes an admiral of Starfleet (no, not the Star Trek one) to help defeat the Qhrun whose presence plague the galaxy. They have proven to be unstoppable. In a desperate attempt to fight them, a representative is sent to planet Earth to find someone capable enough to stop the Qhrun.The worlds and the creatures who are presented, are humanoid. Some species are categorized on the amount of arms, legs and wings they have. Interesting, because most writers use their imagination to create alien beings. This one limits himself only to humanoids. Of course, there are many differences between the creatures like skin colour or height due to low/gravity. Because it is written by a real scientist, it creates for some interesting theories around life outside Earth.Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the hypotheses and the world-building in this book, the story suffers. One of the problems lies with that the main character. Because Thomas Taylor is from Earth, which in this book is a planet not yet represented, he should be like a fish out of water. Everything around him would be entirely new and unfamiliar. Yet, throughout the course of this book, he succeeds in all his actions with little to no failure. Whilst he is a well-rounded character, it does seem like he's a bit of a Mary Sue.Then there's the story itself. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a part of multiple books, but it seemed like the ending was cut off. I may have dozed off over a few parts, but I did not have the impression that the Qhrun-threat was properly dealt with. There's no mention if they're defeated or not. It feels like it's unfinished, that there's more to come. A bit of a shame, since the purpose of these series was to present actual science ideas, but process those into a story. And since the story is the foundation here, it feels like the author wanted to present its theories more than really tell a good story.Whilst the book was interesting enough to present its concept, the story is underdeveloped. Some readers may find it interesting for its ideas, but those who want a good sci-fi story need to look somewhere else.
This book would have been a lot better if it didn't just end without wrapping up the story.I don't know what it is about Springer "Scientific Novel" ebooks, but they really destroy the performance of my Kobo and sometimes crash it outright.
There is a prospective on "human" that i never explored, a lot of interesting questions.The story has some passages I don't feel are balanced at all, but in general it's not so bad.The second part is about scientific aspects taken into account to build the novel's universe, and I've to say that is more like a school lesson, but quite interesting.
The novel part is nothing to write home about, i'd give it an average 3 stars. I'd also deduct one star for insufficient editing and proofreading.The scientific part is very interesting, also with way better proofreading, which brings it back to average overall.