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Now in a new, revised edition, the fourth book of the Nebula Award-winning author's Galactic Center series is a classic tale of man's future and fate--and the greatest mystery from outer space that humanity has ever encountered....

Title : Tides of Light
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ISBN : 9780446611541
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 528 Pages
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Tides of Light Reviews

  • Mouldy Squid
    2018-11-10 00:02

    Following the departure of the Family Bishop from Snowglade, Tides of Light continues the Galactic Centre Saga by Gregory Benford. Here, Benford finally hits his stride with this series. He deftly introduces more pieces to the intragalactic puzzle he only hinted at in Great Sky River and presents us with a credible alien race. While the science here is not as hard as we are usually accustomed to with Benford, his writing is at the same level as his Sunborn.Tides of Light details the adventures of the fleeing remnants of humanity when they arrive at the planetary system they set out to at the end of Great Sky River. Along the way Benford manages to comment rather acerbically on religous fundamentalism and the tragedy it brings when welded to politics. Benford also works in commentary on the abuse of power, the disaster of blind obedience and the triumph of rationality in human endevor. Pretty heady stuff well seasoned with an action packed plot.This novel does suffer from a few serious flaws. Benford has a couple of lengthy info-dumps that stand out from the rest of the narrative like unhammered nails. what is worse is that one of these poorly handled info-dumps exists only to support another deus ex machina that saves the heroes. There also exist a couple of fairly streched plot points that, in the end, serve only to hurt the socio-political comments Benford tries to make.Better than average, with some truly excellent scenes, Tides of Light is a good continuation of what promises to be a exciting series.

  • Vincent Stoessel
    2018-11-02 05:50

    My kind of #scifi! More in depth review at a later date. TGIF

  • Bruce
    2018-11-11 04:43

    This was a disappointing follow-on to "Great Sky River", and it was largely pacing that made the early-middle section of the book such a slog. At one point, I started to seriously consider Benford might be paying a kind of snarky homage to bad "Golden Age" science fiction, but eventually (and I do mean eventually), he remembered the story was supposed to be heading somewhere and managed to rescue the storyline from an otherwise ignominious end.2.5 stars for this book plus an arbitrary .5 stars to inspire readers not to give up on the series itself.

  • Linda
    2018-11-15 04:55

    The fourth book of this series has been the best so far. This one of the relatively few books where aliens actually feel alien and not just as a placeholder for an agenda or faction. The focus on this book is Kileen, the protagonist of the 3rd book and Quath, an alien. The book switches between their points of view and does a great job of being hard SF at it's best.

  • Thomas
    2018-11-15 23:39

    Gregory Benford describes himself as a physicist and amateur writer. If only more professional writers were as inspired. This is the first of this series I've read and it is wonderful. As in full of wonders - all the while being prone to sudden furious flashes of heightened surprise and delight.

  • Mars
    2018-11-06 23:05

    Weak action, rather uninteresting characters, pointless aspirations, too many deux ex machinae. The beginning of the book reads a lot like Idiocracy - "we're on this spaceship where everything is breaking and we have no idea how to fix it, and learning is just too haaaard!" - but without the sense of whatever-the-hell-it-was that Pump Six brought to the same situation. Space travel is never adequately explained, but this IS the fourth book in the series so i will give it a very tentative benefit of the doubt on this one.And then there are the variously improbable things in the book itself.The Skysower? Even ignoring the unlikely physics of the thing, how the hell does it navigate? You can't just eyeball things in space. And what's the point of its existence? It obviously didn't evolve by itself, but any reason for making something like that withers in the light of the utter impracticality of the thing.The edibility of everything in sight. Ugh. The number of coincidences - (not much of a spoiler, but just in case) (view spoiler)[oh, the Mantis sent them here at just the right time to meet these lovely aliens who are just in the process of their first sucking?(hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[Oh, and you know how the Cybers have an all-out battle over who's right? We're talking about something that should take years, if not centuries, to plan and execute, so "yes, let's wipe out the Noughts and kill each other right this second to resolve this!" makes absolutely no sense in this context. (hide spoiler)]Overall, as a standalone book it's utterly worthless. As a continuation of a saga it may have a bit of merit, as I haven't read any of the others I can't judge.

  • David
    2018-11-07 01:49

    Set long into the future when humans have become a relict of their former glory. Once a space-faring race they are now confined to a few individual planets in the outer reaches of the galaxy, confined by the increased deprivations of the mech, a robot mechanical species who have virtually taken over control of the galaxy. The book is set in three distinct parts. The first, the humans voyage of flight from their devastated home planet out into space to a new world. In fact this flight has been planned for them by the mechs, unknown to them! The second part deals with the thoughts and movements and conflicts of an alien race, very much like organized spiders, who encounter the travelling humans. This latter race is gutting the humans destination planet using a cosmic string and using the planets core material, iron, to build a great cosmic web for communication to other galaxies. The third part deals with the humans conflicts on the surface of the new planet both with the original human inhabitants who have also been fighting a losing battle against both the mech and the spiders and the subsequent discovery by the spiders that the humans have a role to play in the ultimate destiny of the universe. I enjoyed the book, the more so the further I got into it. Lots of very good SF ideas as one would expect from a world class physicist.

  • Bill
    2018-11-08 03:56

    This is the fourth book in Benford's "Galactic Center" series, and the second one set far in the future. I finally liked it. But it was a tough slog through the middle third or so. I think the whole book could have used the tightening of another draft.To his previous war between man and mechs, the author adds insectoid cybers and other organic and inorganic lifeforms that may or may not be sentient. The fascinating and frustrating part of this book was the totally alien point of view that the cybers bring to it. That might be enough for some readers. But the only thing that really kept me going was desiring the payoff for the investment that I'd made in the previous book.There are two more books in the series. I hope Professor Benford does not disappoint.

  • Jim
    2018-11-02 04:03

    TIDES OF LIGHT continues the saga of Killeen and the Family Bishop where Benford left off at the end of GREAT SKY RIVER. Having recently reread GREAT SKY RIVER, it is almost impossible for me to not compare these two tales. The stories of many of the characters continue in TIDES OF LIGHT and their growth and changes are very believable, but overall I think GREAT SKY RIVER is the better book. This is still a good book, maybe a very good book, but not of the caliber of its’ predecessor.

  • K
    2018-11-10 00:53

    I love hard sci-fi because it is grounded in realism, I can almost believe it could come true. What I dislike about hard sci-fi is that it is often written by scientists. Their stories often lack the depth of human emotion that makes for good story telling. This book fits that profile. The storyline is excellent but the story telling was dry.

  • Sherrill Watson
    2018-10-22 02:06

    Oh dear. I read the first couple of chapters. Then slogged thru the next couple. Finally gave up & read the last chapter. So there's a terrible fight throughout this long book, Killeen (who's not very bright) loses his soul mate / girlfriend and finally get away and goes in search of more adventures. Sorry, I couldn't get into this, and I like sci-fi.

  • Ben
    2018-11-04 21:47

    Bleh. I got this because I enjoyed Great Sky River a long time ago and wondered what happened to all the characters. I ended up skimming this one to see the general plot points and the resolution, the actual plot seemed forced in to continue the same series forward.

  • Tom Britz
    2018-10-22 04:40

    The fourth book in the Galactic Center series.

  • Howard
    2018-10-16 01:49


  • Lars
    2018-11-04 00:44

    Seems sort of made up as benford goes along...

  • Paul Trott
    2018-10-19 21:39

    Great read. Author can actually write, the story is actually interesting, despite the first couple of books (which sucked)

  • Stephen Antczak
    2018-10-22 23:54

    The story continues to be interesting.

  • Jon Senn
    2018-11-01 03:38

    This one was alright, but didn't compel me to read the next book in the series. Probably didn't help that I didn't know this was the 4th book in a series when I read it.

  • Georg
    2018-10-22 06:05

    too long and rather boring pace.

  • Bookbrow
    2018-10-22 02:57

    The first two books of the Galactic series were Ok, the next two were very good.

  • Jay Mcmullen
    2018-10-21 22:02

    Not bad.

  • Mark
    2018-11-15 04:07

    Enjoyed this one. Another of Benford's 'hard SF' novels.

  • Laurel
    2018-10-29 04:38

    This book is fantastic, taking its reader on a wild voyage of the far future through the vast galaxy.