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The Resource The other end of time, Frederik Pohl

The other end of time, Frederik Pohl

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The other end of time
Title
The other end of time
Statement of responsibility
Frederik Pohl
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Leaving a mechanized and overcrowded New York City for the vastness of space, a group of scientists arrives at a research station that has been receiving messages from aliens calling themselves the Beloved Leaders. Without warning, the scientists are kidnapped, confined to a sterile cell under close observation, and cloned. Their survival, and that of all intelligent life, now hangs on one question. Are these replicas capable of reason, or will they automatically follow the Beloved Leaders?
Review
  • It is late in the 21st century, and an Earth that has largely abandoned space exploration has just been contacted by intelligent extraterrestrials, who warn of other, hostile aliens on the way. At the same time, Joe-Dan Dannerman, a young undercover police operative, infiltrates the research establishment of his cousin to learn what she plans for an abandoned orbital observatory. The aliens have plans for the observatory, too, as Joe-Dan, his cousin and their oddly assorted company of astronauts discover when the aliens arrive. Captured by the ETs, these humans must survive their own personality clashes, alien technology and encounters with alien-made duplicates of themselves. When they are finally liberated, it is on a distant planet, short of food, weapons, medicine and knowledge, amid strife between both factions of aliens that poses a menace to humanity. The opening contains too many conventional dystopian elements; but, once the cast makes contact with the aliens, the story is conceived and executed with Pohl's usual acumen as this veteran author, who published his first novel in 1952, displays his skill at juggling ideas in the classic SF mode. The ending is oddly unresolved, unless this is the first volume of a series--which would not be bad news. (Oct.)
  • On 21st-century Earth, the National Bureau of Investigation sends Dan Dannerman to spy on his cousin, Pat Adcock, director of the Dannerman Astrophysical Observatory. After strange visual messages are received from space, Adcock suspects an alien presence on her defunct space satellite and secretly plans a mission to recover and sell alien technology. This is one of the prolific Pohl's (Mars Plus, Baen, 1994) finest novels, combining first contact, the concept of immortality, and cloning. Highly recommended for sf collections.
  • Award-winning veteran writer-editor Pohl (The Voices of Heaven, 1994, etc.) takes a hoary science fiction clich‚--alien abduction--and turns it on its head. In the near future, two brief strange messages from space aliens arrive on Earth, while in a US racked by pollution, crime, nuclear terrorism, and hyperinflation, Dr. Pat Adcock suspects that aliens have landed on her abandoned orbiting Starlab. To go and investigate, she puts together a team that includes herself, pilots Jimmy Lin and Martin Delasquez, old astronomer Rosaleen Artzybachova, and bodyguard Dan Dannerman (secretly a spook, he's also Pat's cousin). Starlab, they discover, is infested with weird alien devices--and then, abruptly, they find themselves thousands of light-years away, prisoners of alien "Dopeys" and "Docs" who are experimenting on them! According to the aliens, their Beloved Leaders need Earth's help against outlaw terrorist Horch. Seems that the two sets of aliens are fighting over who controls the "eschaton," a time in the remote future when everyone who ever lived will rise again and live forever! Pat, Dan, and company learn that they are copies, their originals having been sent back to Earth with altered memories; still other copies have been subjected to horrible vivisection experiments. And the Horch add to the confusion by claiming that the Beloved Leaders are actually ruthless, planet-destroying tyrants. An impeccably crafted, absorbing, and enjoyable reworking of mostly familiar material that, while satisfyingly self-contained, seems perfectly poised for sequels. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 1996)
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Pohl, Frederik
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3566.O36
LC item number
O8 1996
Literary form
fiction
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The other end of time, Frederik Pohl
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Content type code
  • txt
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780812535198
Lccn
96008297
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)34583848
Label
The other end of time, Frederik Pohl
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780812535198
Lccn
96008297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)34583848

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