Greg Bear is one of my favorite authors, so even though I was bored out of my mind by the 2nd chapter..I plugged on and forward. The book is actually very good, I love the concept! I can't say much without giving the story away..I reccomend this! read it..enjoy it:)
Gripping tale of the dark side of SETI, the attempt to contact and communicate with Extraterestrials. The Earth is threatened and a brave few in the know work feverishly to combat them.
A friend told me about this book, and the sequel "Anvil of Stars". I got both books, and tore through both of them. Very enjoyable read, with some really interesting (and scientifically plausible) futuristic space war weaponry.
Greg Bear is a wonderful writer whose books I collected religiously. However, it has been so long since I read this one, that I am borrowing a review from Amazon.
A classic from the eighties, August 5, 2004
Reviewer: isala "Isabel and Lars" (Fairbanks, Alaska,, US)
The eighties produced a lot of really good science fiction. It was perhaps a third wave in the modern genre, after the blind belief in progress of the fifties, and the dystopian visions of the sixties and seventies. Greg Bear is but one great name of that era. He wrote several very different books. Perhaps Forge of God is one of the best. Bear is here reminiscent of Clarke with his vision of a wast uncaring universe which impacts on an unsuspecting humanity. He does introduce hope, as a few humans are saved - not out of any altruism, but as recruits in the hunt for the shadowy civilization that runs amok among the stars.
Many characters in the book die. I think he wants to stress that hope and success go hand in hand with failure and disappointment. And, sometimes, being a little person, your part tend to be little, but it is still an important part.
This book has served as an inspiration for the film Independence Day.
Very well written, accurate science and quite riveting plot
I really loved this book.
It took me a little while to get into it but did I couldn't put it down .
Irecommend it for those who read this genre
Greg Bear is always good!
On September 28th, a geologist working in Death Valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in a very well-mapped area. . .
On October 1st, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enoumous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago . . .
Something is happening to planet earth, and the truth is too terrifying to consider . . .
didn't read it, but it's got good reviews on Amazon.com