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Earthworks #2020

Earthworks The world had degenerated into a disease ridden over populated rubbish dump Chemicals had poisoned the landscape and reduced most of the people to the edge of starvation Ecology has become a meaningl

  • Title: Earthworks
  • Author: Brian W. Aldiss
  • ISBN: 9780450022210
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Earthworks By Brian W. Aldiss, The world had degenerated into a disease ridden, over populated rubbish dump Chemicals had poisoned the landscape and reduced most of the people to the edge of starvation.Ecology has become a meaningless word from the past The planet earth speeds on its collision course with disaster There is a solution but it is so frightful that man cannot conceive of it ever being puThe world had degenerated into a disease ridden, over populated rubbish dump Chemicals had poisoned the landscape and reduced most of the people to the edge of starvation.Ecology has become a meaningless word from the past The planet earth speeds on its collision course with disaster There is a solution but it is so frightful that man cannot conceive of it ever being put into operation.Only one man, Knowle Noland, ex convict, ex traveller, and captain of the tramp freighter Trieste Star, is prepared to try He alone is prepared to dire a shot that will throw the world into hideous war, but may leave a brave new world for the survivors If there are any survivors.Cover Illustration Bruce Pennington

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    1. Short story Future England population largely live in cities, countryside is a wasteland, rendered barely productive by destructive chemicals, rigidly hierarchical society ok, so that doesn t sound too different from today but only because I haven t mentioned the compulsory sterilisations view spoiler those are still to come hide spoiler and hover suits view spoiler which are rather like hoover suits but with less cleaning action hide spoiler.The plot concerns a conflicted central character coer [...]

    2. I ll be honest, although it had started off well and fairly intriguing, for the majority of the book there was a heavy sense of not really having a clue what was going on beyond occasional moments of relative lucidity.The book seems to be content to wistfully ponder existential delirium rather than telling a good story.Overall, in short, dont bother.

    3. Kon niet echt door het eerste hoofdstuk komen Pakte me op de een of andere manier niet Dus maar gestopt.

    4. An extremely depressing book all about pollution, overpopulation, disease and mania but none the worse for it I found it very hard to read Aldiss when I was younger good to find I m now grown up enough to enjoy his work I ll have to try Ballard next.

    5. Started out quite well but quite a lack lustre finish It was like yeah everything s so bad for humanity that the best thing we can do is start a nuclear war That ll help.

    6. A dystopian scifi novel of when the planet s ecology has gone really bad and politically the world was a police state.

    7. The world had degenerated into a disease ridden, over populated rubbish dump Chemicals had poisoned the landscape and reduced most of the people to the edge of starvation.Ecology had become a meaningless word from the past The planet earth speeds on its collision course with disaster there is a solution but it is so frightful that man cannot conceive of it ever being put into operation.Only one man, Knowle Noland, ex convict, ex traveller, and captain of the tramp freighter Trieste Star, is prep [...]

    8. An odd 140 page novel concerning a dystopia where environmental scarcity has reduced the population to mainly agricultural serfs slaves prisoners The protagonist escapes his work farm but crashes on the African shore and gets involved in an assassination plot This book is rarely mentioned in the Aldiss oeuvre, but it has so much of what makes his writing distinctive, and is a nice bridge into the New Wave works to follow in just a few years First, you have an exotic setting, a Morroccan city whi [...]

    9. This may sound irrelevant but the book reminded me the movie Elysium for the reason they both found a good idea, started with a good set up but could not tie this set up to a good story.Writer made a good description of a dystopian world, the labour camps antagonist spent his youth was well told and for me that was the best part of the book I reckon he was inspired by gulags and Nazi concentration camps which were still vivid memories in the decade book was written The catastrophe of industrial [...]

    10. Another remarkable Aldiss novel, first published in 1965, that demonstrates how accomplished a prose stylist he is, as well as proving that he was superb at extrapolating trends But his work is not really about scientific prediction It is beside the point that much of the nightmare that forms the background of this story has come true Aldiss explores the relationships of control and freedom, power and rebellion, and encapsulates a mighty global struggle, in the shape of a man with renegade tende [...]

    11. This is the sort of book that illustrates why I stopped reading SF published after about 1950 or so It s well written enough, though the main character suffers from hallucinations leading to some pretentious feeling passages , but it s negative in that Soviet influenced way of the latter half of the 20th century Overpopulation, not enough food, Africa ascending while the rest of the world wallows in despair.The can do spirit that informed SF from the first half of the 20th century is nowhere to [...]

    12. The blurb synopsis on the back of this book is a bit misleading I expected one thing and got another It was a good book but it did not meet my expectations after reading the back cover Basically the world is screwed up much like it is today Overpopulation, lack of food, war, pollution, blah, blah, blah The main character experienced just about every class of society s system He hallucinates Gets involved involuntarily in a cult like conspiracy Then does something and the book ends Not sure who w [...]

    13. Cada d a m s posible en lo ecol gico y menos en lo geopol tico G nero Ciencia Ficci n.Lo que nos cuenta Knowle Noland echa la vista atr s y recuerda sus tiempos de juventud, cuando sus sentidos le jugaban malas pasadas y capitaneaba el gigantesco y obsoleto carguero nuclear casi completamente automatizado Estrella de Trieste que transportaba arena entre la costa africana y el norte de Europa Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite librosdeolethros

    14. I read this book in 1967 and remember little of the plot now What I do remember is the prescience of the author in his views of the future of shipping The carrying capacity of container ships are well over 80,000 grt now but back then only oil tankers were so big The position of the captain too, described as a glorified bus driver in the book, has indeed been debased, with modern captains being only a shadow of what they were in the past It would probably seem dated nowadays, although as usual A [...]

    15. This dystopian novel is a bit muddled throughout There are a few gems, like the future politics of African world powers, but much of the characterization is lacking It s a brief novel, though, and if you re in the mood for an afternoon of satire, you may enjoy it.

    16. De voedselschaarste komt bijna niet aan bod en had er al met al wat meer van verwacht.Toen hij bij De Vreemdelingen kwam begon het wat leuker te worden om te lezen maar dat vreugde moment was ook al snel weer voorbij.

    17. This short novel from 1965 is set on a future Earth ravaged by over population and industrial agriculture That part of it feels prescient The plot gets off to a good start with the strange situation of the protagonist being gradually revealed but the final climax is a bit weak.

    18. Main character is very shallow and unlikeable imagination is clear but the book isn t long enough to define the world flashbacks are erratic at best and the love interest is poorly portrayed Definitely not Aldiss s best work.

    19. Una gran idea de sociedad dist pica que no llega a cuajar por c mo divaga el libro sin orden entre pasado y presente intentando describir la locura del protagonista consiguiendo s lo confundir y despistar Adem s el libro parece un gran deux ex machina

    20. Livro assassinado pela enorme falta de cuidado na impress o, com imensos casos de palavras com caracteres em falta, com a ordem trocada ou com outras letras nada tinham a ver com o caso Enfim, um livro t pico da colec o Argonauta de bolso Salva se a hist ria e a tradu o.

    21. Frankly, I don t really remember much about this one, so I gave it a sort of middle of the road ranking.

    22. Trippy When the narrator is mentally unstable, the reader is in for a ride This one was interesting and at times confusing but could have been worse.

    23. Stellenweise durch die Wahnvorstellungen des Protagonisten etwas verworren, sonst aber ein recht solider dystopischer SF.

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