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Author: David Brin
A microscopic black hole has accidentally fallen into the Earth's core, threatening to destroy the entire planet within two years. Some scientists are frantically searching for ways to prevent the disaster. But others argue that the only way to save the Earth is to let its human inhabitants become extinct: to let the evolutionary clock rewind an...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553057782
ISBN-10: 0553057782
Publication Date: 5/1/1990
Pages: 601
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
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So this was actually the second time I read this; the first was immediately after the book's publication back in 1991.

Earth is a twisting together of a number of different narrative threads, mostly spinning about the effects of dropping a subatomic black hole into the earth. It's fanciful in that respect, and fun.

In this novel, however, Brin stuck his nose fifty years into the future and managed to predict a number of interesting things. You can see in this novel how early imaginings of a global network (i.e.: the Internet) and its citizens from around the world might act. It wound up being quite accurate, and it's kind of cool to see how things have played out.

It's as good now as it was way back when. 5 of 5 stars.
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What a fascinating novel! A view of the future that is frightening and encouraging all at once. Many intriguing ideas about the future and a host of interesting characters.