- Title: Хронолитите
- Author: Robert Charles Wilson Юлиян Стойнов
- ISBN: 9789545858123
- Page: 493
- Format: Hardcover
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In The Chronoliths, the world is rocked by the sudden arrival of massive obelisks, or chronoliths, which appear to be a future conqueror s monuments to battles that have not yet occurred As the chronoliths continue to appear, the world descends into economic and social chaos Robert Charles Wilson is a brilliant writer and this is standard fare for him a character story involving normal people caught up in major, world altering preternatural events.While The Chronoliths has an interesting premise [...]
This is a fine mix of Big Idea SF with human drama on a much smaller scale The Big Idea is a conqueror from the future named Kuin who is somehow able to send massive monuments to his victories back in time, where they stand invulnerable and ominous over the lands he is destined to conquer The first ones are in Thailand, but over the next few years they appear all over Asia Some materialize in relatively unpopulated areas, but some appear in the middle of cities, flattening them with shockwaves S [...]
On the positive side, this book did have interesting ideas It unfolded nicely over a span of several years, cataloging changes and effects showing economic downturn, how people s way of living changed There were moments when I was engaged, and interested in what was going to happen next.But I found these moments were few and far between I couldn t stand the narrator the kind of guy who screws up his first marriage, and manages to shakily repair his relationship with his daughter, barring a few m [...]
In our near future, the chronoliths start arriving out of thin air across the world enormous, destructive monuments to conquests that, according to the engravings, won t occur for twenty years Scott writes his memoir, telling of his presence at the arrival of the first chronolith in Thailand and the set of extraordinary experiences that keep his life entwined with the mystery and the slim hope of averting global disaster The chronoliths arrive from the future, and they bring with them a bending [...]
At the time I read this book, it was, quite simply, one of the best SF books I had ever read This book made Wilson my favorite SF author.It starts with an intriguing SF concept what if a giant pillar appeared in Bangkok, marking the victory of a future warlord What would be its impact on society How could such an event come about and why must people in the future send mementos to the past On this premise, The Chronoliths fully deliver in intrigue, surprise twists and clever, thoughtful SF But wh [...]
In 2021, a gigantic memorial appears out of nowhere in the middle of Thailand The text on the memorial refers to a great battle fought there and a victorious general Kuin and gives a date December 21, 2041 20 years in the future How did the memorial get there Who is this Kuin Can he really send objects through time Robert Charles Wilson s The Chronoliths is a dystopian fiction with elements of time travel heavily thrown in It s a fascinating premise, and the picture Wilson paints of the future i [...]
The Chronoliths Mass Market Paperback by Robert Charles WilsonA quick read, but the ride goes on What if you could change the future by inserting a menssage into the past Yes, I know it s been done before But the author does it so well, and leaves enough mystery to make this work very well Our characters are complex, and the narrative is just disjointed enough to make you believe You truly do get that sense of impending doom as each monument arrives And the reactions of the world s population se [...]
I almost wouldn t classify The Chronoliths as science fiction, even though it takes place in a not so distant future where gigantic monuments start appearing all over the world, apparently sent to the past by an enigmatic figure called Kuin Although these Chronoliths are the driving force of the story, their existence and purpose is never fully explained What the story is really about is what effect the Chronoliths have on the life of Scott, an the average guy Scott is worrying about finding a j [...]
Excellent read This was my first book by Wilson, and it looks like he writes in the same vien as Robert Sawyer what I call Social Sci fi Instead of focusing on science or technology itself, Wilson instead writes about the impact that tech and related events have on average people s lives So not only does Wilson create fully realized characters with depth and plenty of flaws , he manages to breathe life into the world, society and situations they inhabit I found the pacing of the novel to be spot [...]
Really creative sci fi is rare these days, and The Chronoliths is one of those rare pleasures Software designer Scott Warden is living with his family in early twenty first century Thailand after his latest contract has ended He and his friend Hitch Paley are among the first to find an enormous monolith which appears out of nowhere in the jungle On closer examination, it is found to be a monument made of a mysterious, indestructible substance It bears an inscription commemorating a military vict [...]
Good writing Good story idea and interesting concepts are toyed with The only downsides are 1 the main character, Scott, is carefree and emotionless about everything which led me to not care for him, and 2 there is a lot of human minutiae which, while well written, does not add much to the story I wish RCW had replaced this stuff with information about the senders of the chronoliths Still, I liked this book and I continue to think of RCW as one of the most talented SF writers.
I started reading this in 1997 and quietly slipped into a coma from which I ve only recently awakened.
As a people immersed in a unidirectional chronology, we have often dreamed of breaking that barrier and travelling at will throughout time With those dreams have come the inevitable questions What happens to us if we alter our own past If you cause events to occur which prevent your own birth, do you cease to exist If you do, how could you have travelled into your past to prevent your birth Thus our linear conception of time is knotted up in an impossible circular logic which many sci fi writers [...]
This is the third book I ve read by Robert Charles Wilson along with Spin and its sequel Axis , and he is now on his way to becoming one of my very favorite sci fi authors.Shortest version RCW writes the kind of fiction I hope I can write one day His stories all have big ideas at their heart, but he does rich and deep world building around them All the hard work he does imagining the diverse ways people and society would react to those big ideas succeeds at making the ideas seem much real And, [...]
This review focuses on the Kindle version of the book if that matters to you.The Chronoliths is one of a group of sci fi that I ve found myself reading lately True to my style, I won t review plot or characters or do spoilers Not my thing I m not a critic, I m just reviewing what I liked or didn t like, about a book.Sci fi used to be, in my teens, my main genre of interest I read a little history, even back in those tender years, but sci fi held my interest most It s been thirty five or so years [...]
It s the 21st century, and nothing has really changed Things are going pretty much as we expect the rich are getting richer, the world is ticking along, and people are busy not thinking about the future Oh, plenty of people say they think about the future, but when they say that, they usually just mean their future Not THE future.Scott Warden doesn t even think about his future He s an expat beach bum living in Thailand, barely supporting his wife and his young daughter, and pretty well content [...]
It helps, I think, to consider the Chronoliths of the book s title giant blue glass edifices projected back in time from the future as MacGuffins, and to ignore them Sure, their appearance spreads over the world with the news from the future of victory followed by victory, each capped with a memorialization of the conqueror Kuin thrust into the past.We re told early on in the book that in their version of the universe, time is immutable We know the Kuin chronoliths are their own reason for being [...]
I have no idea who nominated this for a Hugo Clearly, they didn t read it all, but only read the good bits An expurgated version might be a very good novella.The plot is great classic SF race against time, predict the future, outsmart the people who know what you re going to do before you do because you already did it from their perspective , etc It should be a tense and tight story.Somewhere along the way, Wilson ran into the good advice that a writer should make things hard on the protagonist [...]
As a newbie to the brain of Robert Charles Wilson of his other novels, I ve only read Darwinia I was prepared for big questions with few answers I was not disappointed The story here is not one of overt heroics or melodramatic clashes but rather the quiet, bewildering moments of humanity as our collective buckets of grief We grieve for the world as it was, the world as it could be, and eventually the world as it is infrastructure crumbling, paranoia swelling, violence reigning.Not that the story [...]
Robert Charles Wilson is a competent writer who produces few of those wincing moments too common in science fiction when the prose slips into clumsy phrasing or slides into clich and worn out convention As with all of Wilson s books, the story is clever too, building on a worthwhile premise with well managed plotting My trouble is always with Wilson s narrators I guess their voices have SOME distinction They don t sound like mouthpieces exactly, but, ultimately, as they become familiar, they als [...]
3 1 2 It was a great concept, and a good book despite all it s short comings I didn t find the population responding in a realistic way to the events as they unfolded Ask yourself If you are sitting on you back porch and you see a monolith in your back yard the size of a sky scraper that wasn t there yesterday How would you respond How would the media respond Wilson made a point in saying that the media lost interest after a few days and went back to reporting on pressing matters and mundane Th [...]
When I first started this book, I wasn t sure if I was going to like it I had read several negative reviews that indicated the book left too many unanswered questions While I agree that the reader is left with much to think about, I think these reviewers missed the point of the story This is not about where the Chronoliths come from and what their purpose is Rather it s a story about the effect they have on our society and whether they ultimately change the future from which they were sent or wh [...]
The worst thing about The Chronoliths, is that it isn t three times longer The length feels right for the story, but I just wanted to stay with this reality and these characters for a much longer time than Wilson gave me.There is one glaring question that is never answered, but as much of me that wants to know the answer, there s just as much who prefers the mystery.Mostly, I m disappointed that there wasn t to read They say always leave them wanting , and Wilson has certainly done it here The [...]
This is well written, with interesting characters, but overall the story didn t work very well for me When I first read the premise in the blurb, I thought that it would take a very good writer to pull it off, but I believed that Wilson could do it.I think he fell a bit short The bizarre scenario about giant obelisks from the future appearing on earth, paving the way for their own creation, never quite seemed real to me Nor did the world s reactions to them I do appreciate the author placing the [...]
I read Spin before I got around to this one It is definitely by the same author A great big idea premise set within the occurrence of a random fantastic phenomenon, and real people and family must deal with it The Spin story was much exciting and developed but the approach was similar What stood out with The Chonoliths was the writing itself It bordered on poetry in places.Robert Charles Wilson may have found his voice with this one I think.A good read.
When monuments somehow displaced from the near future begin appearing around the world, a small cadre of scientists begin trying to figure out how and why it is happening The story follows this group of people as they try to make sense of the Kuin monuments while the world falls apart around them.Hard science, intriguing characters and unfortunately believeable human reactions to the situation, make the book fascinating, in an aghast kind of way.
I enjoyed most of this book I guess a good novel should leave you wanting It must have been difficult to edit this novel because it wants to be a tome about three time it s size The plot and characters are complete but the background story has so much to tell I still think you should read it though.
I read this book in less than 24 hours I normally only manage to read books that quickly when I am on holiday, so you can see how compelling a read this one was.How great too that it s only 301 pages long So many books these days seem unnecessarily wrong but this is just the perfect length.
Just re read this for the 4th time I love the concept, and enjoy the puzzling it has on my mind while reading it I wish the ending could have been a little less slapdash though.
I may be over my Robert Charles Wilson kick after this book I found it boring, and it ultimately went nowhere sigh
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