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A lot like Bob Shaw s Ragged Astronauts so I checked it out #Unfortunately the first five minutes were so awful that I gave up But #the first five minutes were so awful that I gave up But that s why when my wife asked for a recommendation I offered Orbitsville The "ragged astronauts being a little too out there "Astronauts being a little too out there her She didn t like it so naturally I re read it in the course of putting it back on the shelf I first found Bob Shaw through a paperback collection called Cosmic Kaleidoscope I was struck by his ability to write SF stories about people and not just gadgets at the time a relatively uncommon skill I d heard of Orbitsville but my suspicion of popular books meant I put off reading it for a while My mistake Orbitsville is one of those rare books deserving the praise it receives It s a small book and relatively simple but it works so well that it just sticks with you There s no one point where you say wow that was cool I think that it s just the realism of a story about a world the size of 5 billion Earths that works so well That plus the fact that despite cool technology the story is about people Garamond is one of the few characters fleshed out but he s credible at no point did I think Well I wouldn t do that In fact Garamond acts as I thinkhope I might despite moments of doubt self doubt and fearShaw is a known author and this book was a pretty big hit I ve never understood though why he didn t make it big Not all of his books are great but some of his work is on a par with Arthur C Clarke and somewhat similar in style Definitely under rated and I ncourage you to check him out Start with Orbtisville or Cosmic Kaleidoscope if you can find it A very good book that I recommend to anyone who likes a good SF story about people 180612 third review no this is not beautiful writing to read again just happened to be on the shelf while i was watching sports not something to read seriously just fun sosecond review i read this again not that it is better but somehow my The Parables enjoyment has changed this is of the subgenre of sf known as the Big Dumb Object and no these ideas do not get bigger a dyson sphere that is a sphere the diameter ofarth
S Orbit Trapping A Sun In The Middle Atmosphere Gravity orbit trapping a sun in the middle atmosphere gravity seasons shadow bands leaves an inner surface of five billion Iidsete Aegade Lood I earths at the time written that is onearthperson i like this better than ringworld where it is a simple band on the orbit i like this book because it focuses on what happens to human concerns when faced by this immensityas with the first reading i somehow saw this as a musical comedy a slapstick farce generated against measuring humans to this absurdly Positive Thinking endless living space maybe the idea is fantasy than sf but the idea the absurdity only sf can come up with such plausible or at least possible big dumb objects i could complain certain literary type virtues are missing or undeveloped you know complex characters compelling and rational plottc this does not matter i smile just thinking about this immense sphere that changes The Dominicans everything i had to put it in favourites once though many people might uestion its inclusion for sheer conceptual power this is a great book This a whale of a science fiction novel ample in scope awash with imagination and chock full of ideas The hero an intrepid spacexplorer finds a Dyson Sphere around a star That means that the whole star has been. Ommander leaves the solar system far behind Pursued by Earth's space fleet Garamond finds. ,
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Big Sphere Howsphere How big pretty big Like big #a big sphere How big Well pretty big Like big to contain ntire solar system It s the size of five billion Earths I got dizzy a couple of times reading it A starship captain finds himself in big trouble with a maniacal dictator on Earth and so flees with his wife and child to what he assumes is the vast Teacher Empowerment Through Curriculum Development emptiness of space But he and his crew find something a really really big somethingThe story was interestingnough but as with most full on sci fi I lost interest in the science y details of spaceflight and such More like 35 stars This book has some fascinating ideas but as a satire of capitalism it s worse than The Space Merchants and as a Big Dumb Objects story it s worse than Ringworld or Rendezvous with Rama The redeeming uality of the book is the journey across Orbitsville at the Gods Crucible end which gives the reader a powerful sense of scale The protagonist is a generic Captain Kirk type and the three female characters are all offensive sexist stereotypes Though the concept of Orbitsville a Dyson sphere hundreds of millions of miles across surrounding a star is a very interesting one the novel spends far too much time on the unpleasant and somewhat unbelievable billionaire who is out for revenge against the discoverer of Orbitsville than on the sphere itself The book intentionallyvokes a sense of tedium while inside the sphere because it is stultifying uniform inside but the fact the tedium is intentional doesn t make the scenes of seemingly Swift endless travel inside the spherenjoyable Orbitsvile is a fairly small book hinged around a big idea Well actually a big setting A Dyson Sphere These things are such a great plot device and I liked how Shaw s imagination played with it The scale of it certainly had a significant impact on how characters acted I don t want to impose our social standards on characters written 40 years ago but Vance Garamond was an unapologetic boor bad ualities for a leader who asks his crew to risk their lives carrying out his agenda His wife Aileen is way too ditsy and subservient and though it paints Vance as the heroic husband she s not very believable All in all though I would read this book again Vance Garamond yes a hero named after a science fantasy legend and a font is a captain in the space fleet of a rather corrupt future The Militant Messiah earth By pure chance he commits an unforgivable crime against a deranged dictator So he takes his wife and son aboard his starship and sets off toscape injustice by heading out of the known galaxy His guide A mysterious inscription found on Sagania planet that was once home to intelligent life What could the strange image mean The answer is remarkable so say the least It s a discovery that makes Garamond a hero but that doesn t guarantee the safety of his familyThis is tremendous fun and rather like Ship of Strangers a love letter from Shaw to the old pulp sf galaxy busting school of adventure It s a bit like EE Doc Smith with updated super science and convincing characters reviewsmetaphorosiscom 4 starsSpaceship commander Vance Garamond fleeing from the imperious president of Starflight follows an old map and discovers a vast The Return To Camelot empty Dyson sphere with only onentrance I was on NetFlix the other day and noticed a movie about two worlds floating one above the other It sounded. Fleeing Elizabeth Lindstrom's anger at the death of her son Vance Garamond a flickerwing
review OrbitsvilleEnclosed in a huge spherical Six Femmes Du Monde envelope Ringworldat heart out What s its surface area Let me #Do The Math Hm The #the math Hm s radius is about the same as the distance between the Earth and the Sun 4 r suared I make it about 27 x 10 17 km 2 WowThe rest of this review is available Mst125 Essential Mathematics elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons He was a man who had looked on many worlds in his lifetime yet his face was the face of a man in shockYou ll be forgiven if Orbitsville reminds you a lot of Ringworld Both deal with megastructures around a star Around a star just in case you missed that part these things are huge Where the Ringworld is obviously a ring Orbitsville is in actual fact a Dyson Sphere you can go look it to up That s to say it s completelynclosed like one of those hollow Christmas decorations Now imagine the sun as a pinhead Summer exactly in the middle to get an idea of scale As far as I can tell He swallowed painfully As far as I can tell the object out there the thing we have discovered is a spaceship over three hundred million kilometres in diameter Beforeverybody is up in arms these aren t spoilers I m chucking around here You only need to read a few of the synopses on the novel and you ll already be aware of all this There just happens to be an actual story with actual plot Silver Eyes events surrounding this artifact The problem as with Ringworld and other similar novels is that the Big Dumb Object inevitably upstagesverything lse turning plot and characterisation into a footnote of something much much bigger And that is probably where Orbitsville s
shortcomings start shining through On the uestion of whether it was a naturalstart shining through On the uestion of whether it was a natural an artificial object he would venture no professional opinionThat s not to say Orbitsville is a bad book it s verything but I still prefer Ringworld but I really My Life And Work enjoyed reading this novel It s big idea Science Fiction on Sense of Wonder overdrive There was a time when good ol sensawunda was considered de rigueur in the genre That and a cracking yarn could sell books I just love the way novels like these can bend my mind As a tale ofxploration Orbitsville isn t as successful as I would have liked Inevitably there are precious few answers provided to the A Light In The Storm enigma that is O and due to the sheer size ofverything only a miniscule part of the artefact is actually The Battles Of New Hope Church explored The novel sits somewhere between the adventure tales of the Golden Age of Science Fiction and thedgy and harder modern stories However it doesn t sit uite as comfortable as say again Ringworld in my opinion The story in Orbitsville gets wrapped up very abruptly after a rather winding build up and not to my complete satisfaction However this is a bona fide classic and recommended for lovers of Artifacts in Science Fiction There are two seuels as far as I know He found that trying to comprehend its size produced an almost physical pain between his temples The object was big Blood Amp Shadows Book 1 4 enough by astronomical standards so large that with Sol positioned at its centre the Earth s orbit would be within the shell assuming that the outer surface was a shell It was so huge that from distances which would have reduced Sol to nothing than a bright star it was clearly visible to the unaidedye as a disc of blackness against the star clouds of the galactic lensNow that s what I m talking about. A vast alien built spherical structure which might just change the destiny of the human ra.