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Num passado que se perdia na bruma dos tempos, uma raça misteriosa, a que se chamava simplesmente «Os Outros», deixara à humanidade um legado precioso que era simultaneamente um grande desafio: uma passagem assinalada para alcançar as estrelas inexploradas. E a humanidade utilizou essa passagem para colonizar o sistema da estrela Phoebus, mas deixou inexplorado tudo o queNum passado que se perdia na bruma dos tempos, uma raça misteriosa, a que se chamava simplesmente «Os Outros», deixara à humanidade um legado precioso que era simultaneamente um grande desafio: uma passagem assinalada para alcançar as estrelas inexploradas. E a humanidade utilizou essa passagem para colonizar o sistema da estrela Phoebus, mas deixou inexplorado tudo o que restava da galáxia…Num ambiente político conturbado, a grande nave Emissário utiliza a passagem para uma viagem de exploração. Mas, quando regressa, os governantes da União mandam aprisionar a nave e deter a tripulação, ao mesmo tempo que proíbem qualquer futura exploração do espaço…Apenas um homem, um colono Deméter, consegue aperceber-se da situação e empreende uma acção desesperada para salvar o presente e acautelar o futuro…...

Title : O Avatar - I
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ISBN : 9789721001831
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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O Avatar - I Reviews

  • Jenny Clark
    2019-03-24 09:50

    This was actually pretty good. There was a lot of politics, which is what took me so long to get through, but once I got to about halfway, they more or less fell off. The characters were pretty varied, and well written.There was the male leader, the steadfast wife, the distant woman, the loving, jetset woman, the sad man, the angry man. I do like that all the characters were strong on their own, none of them needed a relationship to be whole. They all needed someone to lean on sometimes, but where able to pick themselves back up. There were parts where the age showed, but not much. Overall, if you enjoy Sci Fy that is character and politically driven, check this one out."However, at their ages, the time between late winter and early spring could be as long as the time to go to the end of the universe and back."

  • Seamus
    2019-03-29 10:34

    I'd read a few Poul Anderson Novellas in Hugo / Nebula Collections during my freshman year in College and found his blend of Social Commentary with Hard Science rather nice.That said, this book, his first "Large" book that I've read is a bit of a disappointment - not because of a lack of Sci Fi, but rather at the pacing of the plot, and how the book in general came together, I found it a little hard to keep my attention on the book. The story itself is about Dan Broderson and a motley crew that he initially assembles which is later added on to by the crew members of another ship which had gone to distant galaxies in search of intelligent life and come back with a treasure trove of information and a member of another sentient race.Factions on earth feel that space travel is superfluous in light of the state of earth and try their best to suppress the craft that has returned from the distant reaches of space. The story then charts the heroism / recklessness with which Broderson and his crew plan and carry out a rescue operation which results in them getting lost in space.The story then tracks the fantastic planets that the crew come to in their search of the cosmos for a way back home ... which they eventually do after going through travails which are far better read than regurgitated =)

  • Tracy Johnson
    2019-04-08 03:37

    This is kind of an old-fashioned space opera novel in some ways. The politics are achingly libertarian, ala Heinlein and the very 70's new age free lovelifestyle/morals seems very laboured and forced in 2014. But this author has been one of my favourites and I was attraced to the book. Its very good in places and there are some great ideas, but it is very uneven. As and American living in Ireland for the past 10 years, I did enjoy the occasional Irish references -- although "Pegeen's" mannerism's are a bit over the top -- what the Irish call Twee.I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are real die-hard SF fans. It's the kind of book I was glad to get to the end of -- find out how it ends and go on to something else.

  • Matt
    2019-04-20 03:26

    I really enjoyed this book. The first one I've read of his works since school. Writes nice, clean English with intent. Thoroughly enjoyable characters and story line.

  • Anne
    2019-03-28 08:44

    Still one of my favorites by Poul Anderson. Not what you'd think from the cover at all, and the free love bit gets annoying after a while, but on the whole the story is good anyway.

  • Charles Daney
    2019-04-08 05:33

    A couple of hundred thousand years ago Homo neanderthalensis was the top primate on Earth. Individuals of this species were aware of various close relatives of their own genus (Homo), though we can't know how they conceived of their kinship. But most likely they were aware of their own superiority in cleverness and resourcefulness. Probably, too, they had vague ideas that other creatures superior to themselves could well exist, though they'd never encountered any.Eventually, over 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals finally encountered a more advanced form of Homo - H. sapiens. Individuals of the latter species undoubtedly regarded the Neanderthals in much the same way as the latter had regarded their forebears. It's unclear how often encounters between the two Homo species occurred, but it was often enough that some interbreeding transpired.H. sapiens individuals, likewise, also had intimations that creatures more advanced than themselves could, and probably did, exist. When H. sapiens evolved language, they called such beings "gods" (in their own primitive tongues). The abilities that such "gods" were believed to possess were considered magical, which is always how technology seems to those who haven't understood it. Thus religion originated. Up until fairly recently – as the recognition arose that other planets than Earth existed and could harbor "intelligent" life – religion retained this primitive form.But now the expectation of "intelligent" life on other planets is quite widely spread. And H. sapiens individuals that hold this expectation think that among these alien life forms there surely must exist a few more advanced than what exists on Earth. This is one modern form of religion. It might even be true. After all, this is basically what H. neanderthalensis eventually learned in its own times.That much pretty much sums up the main theme of Poul Anderson's novel, The Avatar, although Anderson (if he were still alive) might not fully agree with this take. If one enjoys this kind of speculation, the book can certainly be recommended. There's a multitude like it, of course, but it's probably one of the better ones.Obviously, this theme represents a large percentage of the "space opera" sort of science fiction, up to and including the latest iterations of Star Trek and Star Wars. There's just one problem, summed up in Enrico Fermi's question: "Where are they?" Although serious attempts to detect "extraterrestrial intelligence" have been under way for only 50 years or so, the results so far have been exactly nothing. If interstellar travel is possible at all (and it seems to be), nevertheless no evidence of it has been found. Maybe H. sapiens really is the ne plus ultra of the whole universe. But that too seems unlikely. After all, the suspicions among H. neanderthalensis of the existence of more advanced species eventually proved true.Science fiction has recently taken another tack on the same general theme. Perhaps the theorized superior beings will be the direct descendants of H. sapiens – in the very near future, maybe just a couple of decades. This notion includes ideas like "transhumanism" and "The Singularity". It could happen almost without warning. But, so far, it's still speculation, much like every other religion to date.I'll conclude with a few remarks about The Avatar itself. For one thing, I found the language to be a bit too flowery and overwritten. Anderson was a masterful writer, but one perhaps a bit too enamored of his own prose. His work has several similarities with Robert Heinlein's, and that's not entirely a good thing. The political views of both, unfortunately, were a puerile libertarianism. They both wrote a lot of space opera, which was the dominant theme of their times. And they both included lots of sex in their works – nothing wrong with that, of course. In neither case is the sex very graphic. It would be more interesting, in fact, if it were described as lyrically as Anderson was clearly capable of. Still and all, both Anderson and Heinlein were clearly masters of their genre. Looking back at this review, I should admit it's not very fair to the book. I should have said more about it. Although it's far from the best of Anderson's work (see below), and much farther compared to the best SF in general, it does offer enough of interest to motivate a reader to finish it. The basic idea is that conclusive evidence of advanced extraterrestrial life has been discovered, yet the political "authorities" go to extreme length to conceal this. Countless SF stories, to say nothing of UFO/ancient astronaut/etc. conspiracy theories are based on this premise. The question is: why would the "authorities" do this? Because they're afraid it would threaten their grip on power? Because it would cause panic in the population? Because their general policy is always to keep the rabble ignorant "for their own protection"? It seems that credible answers to this question are seldom found anywhere. This book is no exception. One would like to see a story where an answer forms a major element of the plot. Here's one possibility that anyone who has the energy to tackle this might consider. Imagine a protagonist who has the courage and determination to find an answer. She (or he) undertakes a perilous quest to solve this puzzle. And in the course of that, she discovers that the truth is even more momentous than the "authorities" imagine. Not only are their concerns ill-founded, but the effect is to thwart humanity (or its descendants) from comprehending some stupendous Truth?For what it's worth, I enjoyed two of Anderson's late novels more: The Merman's Children and The Boat of a Million Years. The themes of both are more historical than space opera, and the plots were more interesting. The plot of The Avatar, to me, seemed rather simplistic, and tended to drag much of the time, being overshadowed by the colorful language and the polyamorous couplings among the characters.

  • Jmr
    2019-03-22 08:52

    Re-reading this after many years. Interesting looks at wonders of our universe and some examination of relationships. Was perhaps less engaging than I remembered and some aspects felt more like teaching than entertaining.

  • Beth O'Connell
    2019-04-12 07:33

    Stupendous tour of the (imagined) universe!

  • Nicoleta
    2019-03-23 07:31

    Oamenii, care au populat și planeta Demeter dintr-o altă galaxie, cu ajutorul unor misterioși Ceilalți îi caută pe zeii binefăcători. O navă de oameni de știință ajunge să găsească o civilizație mai avansată, Beta, ajutată de asemenea de Ceilalți, dar politicienii îi împiedică să dea de știre întregii umanități temându-se de consecințe pentru ei sau umanitate. Un american iubitor de viață pleacă cu o altă navă cu un alt echipaj să salveze echipajul navei respective din prizonieratul în care ajunseseră din cauza politicienilor. Și de voie sau de nevoie ajung să cunoască alte civilizații și apoi chiar pe Ceilalți care îi ajută să se întoarcă după ce le destăinuie că femeia cea mai plină de viață de la bordul lor era un avatar al lor. Americanul are soție și copii acasă, dar o iubește în egală măsură pe Catlin, avatarul. Și soția lui nu are nimic împotriva amantei, amanta nimic împotriva soției, poate asta fiind sf. Catlin face de altfel sex cu încă alți 2 pe navă, amantul ei, Daniel cu alte 2, din prea-plinul inimii. Și totuși într-o lume atât de evoluată un bărbat de la bord, unul din cei cu care Catlin face sex, e gata să o considere o femeie ușoară. Iar o franțuzoiacă vrea să se mărite virgină să nu își supere părinții. Oare s-o mai pune problema asta în 2017? Cartea e scrisă în 1978. La bordul navei oamenii au țigări, băutură și marijuana. Și ascultă muzică clasică. Și vorbesc încă o mulțime de limbi. Iar rușii sunt tot de un ins cu apucături dictatoriale conduși. Betanii sunt cam matriarhat, iar masculii au nevoie la propriu de femei, trebuie să sugă de la ele. Criza lor e una amoroasă, sexuală, căutând la oameni o inspirație pentru această problemă. Indivizii foarte isteți de pe Pământ, care se conectează total cu calculatoarele, au un reprezentant în carte. E o femeie care vrea cu disperare să ajungă la Ceilalți, crezându-se superioară. Dar Ceilalți nu au ce face cu ea, ea se simte ca o maimuță pe lângă ei și îi e greu să accepte că în trup trebuie să trăiască. Ceilalți nu sunt zei, doar binevoitori față de toate civilizațiile și observatori care nu vor să intervină, decât ajutând ici și colo. Oamenii și toți ceilalți ajung poate să fie Ceilalți în viitor.

  • Graham
    2019-04-07 05:26

    Goodness this was a bit of a mud walk. It didn't grab me at all, although the ideas portrayed therein were interesting. The idea of having a sequence of star gate with combinations to travel through which would result in destinations not just spatial but temporal is interesting (how Stargate would have been different if 'chevron 9' allowed a temporal shift...)I think the issues are the grubby cardboard politicking between Ira Quick and Makarov on Earth and Hancock on Demeter which is vague nastiness, combined with the babbling between the shipmates of the Ulysses-like Chinook starship as it pootles between gate to gate in the search for the 'others' progressively losing individuals and its way and time. The Alien race, the Betans (really?) are daft and the orbit and day/year of their planet makes no sense: whilst the Physics might be sound, the Biology ain't.

  • Robert Bush
    2019-04-18 08:52

    Very dry, rather slow going. I enjoyed it okay, but I wouldn't read it again and don't know if I'd recommend it to anybody.Supposedly the "purest" of the characters is also the one with the loosest morals. It also bothers me that the captain constantly professed how much he loves his mistress...and then as an after thought would state that he loved his wife just as much. Not believable at all. I do believe it is possible for a man to love two women equally, but the way it was presented in this book didn't sell me on that at all.The story line itself? Not bad. Maybe 4 stars. The filler details? They left me disliking pretty much every character. That lowered my rating.

  • Rusty
    2019-03-30 05:30

    Poul Anderson has written many science fiction books. I rather liked this story because of the political ramifications elaborated upon and thespeculation about an alien species he refers to as The Others. The protagonists, Rijn and David Falkayn and Dan Broderson set out to win the stars and an empire for earth. Broderson searches for the Emisary, a lost ship that has been captured by an alien. His goal: To rescue some of the explorers on the Emisary held by the alien. To do so, he must find The Others, who can send them home. A very nice read from a most accomplished science fiction author.

  • Eric
    2019-04-04 08:46

    This book is made up of two halves. The first half has a bunch of politics that I found extremely boring. The second half is a random exploration of time and space. I didn't care much for the cloying love theme throughout the book, but the discoveries along the way kept me interested enough to keep reading.

  • Chris H-C
    2019-04-12 06:30

    It wasn't written very engagingly, its ideas were few and over-explained, and it had that unfortunate tendency of trying to justify non-monogamous relationships and other present-day social taboos in a society that was written to have already gotten over them.

  • mirba
    2019-04-16 10:36

    It's my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. the only thing I didn't like was that it was a tad too descriptive in useless moments (like who cares of three pages of description of a house we're going to see for five minutes of action in the book?)

  • Kurt Hansen
    2019-04-16 08:48

    It has been many years since I read the book but my general comments are the same as with Poul Anderson's other books --- often unexpected twists and deep stories which in some cases defined the genre for later authors.

  • Peter
    2019-04-16 03:44

    Just didn't quite gel for me

  • Charles
    2019-04-18 07:24

    I have the hardback version of this. It's kind of a Stargate before there was a Stargate. Good stuff.

  • Robert Riddell
    2019-04-06 10:49

    Excellent book one of my favorites.

  • Andy
    2019-04-20 05:51

    AMERICAN EDITION - 'HIS MASTERWORK'

  • Bruno Silva
    2019-04-13 09:51

    Muito aborrecido. Uma desilusão

  • Jack Teague
    2019-04-13 05:37

    science fiction

  • Octavio Aragao
    2019-04-02 03:32

    Um dos personagens femininos mais fortes de toda a FC.